by Prof Dr Simone Fulda, President of Kiel University

Portrait Uwe Jensen

Is happiness measurable? "Yes," says Professor Uwe Jensen from the Institute for Statistics and Econometrics at Kiel University. He researches the topic of "life satisfaction", which has dropped since the COVID pandemic.

CAU President Simone Fulda welcoming guests with a keynote speech

Kiel University presented itself and Schleswig-Holstein as a region for research at the autumn meetings of the German Council of Science and Humanities. The President of Kiel University presented research institutions and outstanding projects in her keynote speech.

Research group under Professor Marco Liserre

KSCN with Professor Ilka Parchmann

Graphical representation of placebo studies

Incidence, R value, efficacy studies: since the coronavirus emerged, the Germans have been bandying about all kinds of specialist terms from medical statistics. And yet this discipline is often misunderstood.

CT scan of a spinal column

In old age, the bone density of many people decreases. This process is known as osteoporosis. The ARTEMIS joint research project under Kiel leadership is developing software for early detection.

Old portrait of Franz Boas

German-American Franz Boas has gone down in history as one of the most important anthropologists worldwide. The significance of his thinking is being investigated in the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS.

Man in a laboratory with many small metallic cans

Comprehensive data on around 700 soil profiles is stored at Kiel University. It is a unique collection - even beyond Germany. This is primarily because the data has been carefully processed and offers a high degree of comparability.

Man in front of a modern altar

People are always there for each other. But why? Professor Andreas Müller is working on this question. He researches and teaches Church and Religious History of the First Millennium at the Faculty of Theology.

Rustic-looking sign with the inscription "Feuerwehr" (Fire brigade)

Why do people volunteer to help in their villages? A study by the cultural geography working group at Kiel University examines this question in order to recommend actions for policy-makers.

Three people have a discussion at a table.

Utilities statements, warranty claims, consumer questions – at the student legal advisory office Studentische Rechtsberatung e.V. at Kiel University, those seeking help can get advice for free.

Two gobies under water

The love life and breeding behaviour of fish depends on the salt and oxygen content of the water, the water temperature and other environmental conditions. The Coastal Ecology working group at Kiel University is researching the connections.

Four women in a room with a world map

Perfect knowledge of maths, physics and chemistry, very good knowledge of the German language – and yet it still doesn't really work out in the classroom. Teachers who have learned their profession abroad receive support from Kiel University through the InterTeach qualification.

Portrait Matthieu Groussin

Industrialisation and intestinal bacteria


Portrait Moritz Krell

Professional skills of biology teachers

Portrait Ralf Krestel

Intelligent research tools

Portrait Olivia Roth

Male pregnancy


Portrait Jennifer Selinski

Flexible metabolism

Kitesurfer on the Baltic Sea in sunny weather

The 28-year-old kite surfer Leonie Meyer is European Vice Champion, has passed her second state examination in medicine at Kiel University, and gave birth to a son in May 2021. And she's still pursuing some major goals.

Jaw bones of a human

Professor Ben Krause-Kyora researches the epidemics of our ancestors by analysing ancient DNA. His findings also help to improve our understanding of today’s inflammatory diseases.

Reddish liquid in a glass container

If a plaster cast isn't enough to stabilize a broken leg, screw implants can help it to heal. Magnesium implants even dissolve over time - and make a second operation unnecessary.

Schematic representation of pain regions in the human body

We have known for a while that there are gender-specific differences in healthcare provision, but these have not been adequately considered either in research or in clinical practice. A lecture series at Kiel University highlights this fact.

For many people, 11 September 2001 serves as a prominent example of how facts are distorted to legitimise political measures. In fact, however, there have been legends – or fake news – about the phenomenon of terrorism that go much further back than that.

Old oven

Archaeological finds do not have to date back to the Stone Age to be of scientific interest. As students of modern archaeology prove in their final theses, the present and recent past also have exciting things to offer from the City of Kiel.

Bismarck Monument in Hamburg's Elbpark

Who owns monuments in public spaces? Whom should they represent? And who has a say in what happens to them? Social movements such as Black Lives Matter and major projects like the renovation of the Bismarck monument in Hamburg are bringing these questions ever more into the public eye.

Seal of Kiel University