An open exchange and democratic processes are important principles of KiNSIS. The goals and tasks of the research focus are discussed, decided and implemented by the spokespersons, the General Meeting and the external advisory group Critical Friends. in 2015, KiNSIS adopted rules of procedure, which were approved by the General Meeting on 16 July 2015 (in accordance with § 4 no. i of the KiNSIS statutes). The rules of procedure regulate the rights and duties of the members, the General Meeting and the KiNSIS Board.


The bodies of KiNSIS:

General Meeting
Critical Friends

Publikum in einem Seminarraum
© Julia Siekmann, Uni Kiel

The KiNSIS Board

The KiNSIS Board conducts the business of the Priority Research Area. It is composed of two KiNSIS members, their deputies and two early career researchers. They represent the main study areas involved in the KiNSIS research focus.

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Prof. Dr. Jeffrey McCord
KiNSIS Spokesperson (Engineering)
Institute of Materials Science
Kaiserstraße 2, R. A-105 / Geb. A
+49 431 880-6123


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Prof. Dr. Kai Rossnagel
KiNSIS Spokesperson (Physics)
Institute for Experimental and Applied Physics
Leibnizstraße 19, R. LS 19/420
+49 431 880-3876


© Jürgen Haacks, Uni Kiel

Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens
Deputy Spokesperson (Chemistry)
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Max-Eyth-Str. 2, R. 124
+ 49 431 880-2410


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Prof. Dr. Regina Scherließ
Deputy KiNSIS Spokesperson (Life Sciences)
Pharmaceutical Institute
Grasweg 9a, R. T 202
+49 431 880-1330


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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Huayna Terraschke
KiNSIS Spokesperson Early Career Researcher (Chemistry)
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Max-Eyth-Str. 2, R. 121
+49 431 880-2402 


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Dr.-Ing. Alexander Vahl
KiNSIS Spokesperson Early Career Researcher (Engineering)
Institute of Materials Science
Kaiserstraße 2, R. A-026
+49 431 880-6232


KiNSIS General Meeting

Publikum im Hörsaal
© Julia Siekmann, Uni Kiel

The General Meeting decides, among other things, on applications, investments, the admission of new members and the election of the Spokespersons' Group. It is composed of all KiNSIS members and usually takes place twice, but at least once, a year.

New KiNSIS members can be informally proposed via email by current members. After a personal presentation at the KiNSIS General Meeting, the members vote on admission. The KiNSIS Board may declare a provisional membership until the next General Meeting. Provisional members already receive invitations to events and information but are not entitled to bring a motion or to vote.



Dr. Tina Kerby
KiNSIS Coordination
+49 431 880-6272

Agenda items for the General Meeting
Suggestions for new members

Critical Friends

Since 2021, an external group, the 'Critical Friends', has been advising the KiNSIS Board on strategic questions regarding the further development of the priority research area. The researchers from the fields of chemistry, physics, life science and engineering reflect the professional breadth of KiNSIS and meet regularly.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bein Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Lehrstuhl Physikalische Chemie II
Prof. Dr. Angelika Brückner Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e. V., Rostock
Prof. Dr. Christoph Lienau     Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Institut für Physik

Prof. Dr. Karsten Mäder

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Pharmazeutische Technologie und Biopharmazie

Prof. Nian X. Sun

Northeastern University College of Engineering, Boston, Laboratory for Integrated Ferroics, & Advanced Materials and Microsystems Laboratory