Priority research areas at Kiel University

Our four priority research areas Kiel Life Science (KLS), Kiel Marine Science (KMS), Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science (KiNSiS) and Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change (SECC) enable close interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation on common core topics. They are interconnected, and maintain strong ties with the eight faculties at Kiel University.

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Life Sciences

In the priority research area Kiel Life Science (KLS), scientists from six faculties at Kiel University investigate cellular and molecular processes with which living organisms respond to environmental influences.

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Marine Sciences

The priority research area Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is dedicated to interdisciplinary research at the interface between oceans and society – for the protection and sustainable use of our oceans and coastal areas.


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Nano Sciences

The priority research area Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS) aims to understand fundamental principles at the nano level and to transfer them into the fields of energy, health and information technology.

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Social Sciences

The priority research area Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change (SECC) addresses central questions about the future of today's societies from a historical perspective.

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Recent news from Kiel University's priority research areas

News from KLS

President of Kiel University resigns from office

The President of Kiel University (CAU), Simone Fulda, is resigning from office with immediate effect.


News from KMS

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Traces of Stone Age hunter-gatherers discovered in the Baltic Sea

Interdisciplinary research team, including Kiel University, discovers archaeologically significant row of stones at the bottom of Mecklenburg Bight


News from KiNSIS


30 Years Chair of Multicomponent Materials

On 1 January 1994, the 35-year-old Franz Faupel started his job at CAU. Today, he is the longest-serving professor at the Faculty of Engineering.


News from SECC

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A call for archaeology to take on a more prominent role in public debates

New ROOTS Studies scientific volume deals with connections between the past and the present from a philosophy of science perspective.