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Dear readers,

We are looking towards the coming winter semester with confidence: the number of coronavirus infections is falling, the number of vaccinations is increasing at the same time – and with it the hope that our students, researchers and all employees can finally come back to campus. But while we are preparing for face-to-face teaching and joint events, and looking forward to carefully returning to a thriving student life, we should not lose sight of the lessons and opportunities this exceptional situation brought with it. In addition to the implications in terms of social and educational policy, on top of medical research, this also includes the pressing question of how we are going to deal with our environment and our limited resources in the future. This is why the spotlight in this edition is focussing on the important topic of sustainability – starting with its ethical dimensions, across practical examples, through to supporting early career researchers.

But the next pages also hold information about lots of exciting projects and people: in light of the upcoming elections, we have spoken to experts about emotions in politics, campaigns and populism. We take a look at German innovation and at ways to successfully transfer knowledge between universities and society. We also provide insight into the diverse research going on at the CAU, such as into inflammation, nanotechnology and the history of monasteries. Those who appreciate listening to Brahms, like me, can also look forward to a small musical sensation. Enjoy!

Prof. Dr Simone Fulda

Woman takes samples from a wooden beam.

Lady of the rings

In meticulous detail, the dendrochronologist Lisa Shindo records the annual growth rings of historic wooden beams and furniture to determine their age and origin, as well as the ecological and climatic conditions of the past in the region.
Two bumblebees on a blossom

Adventure in a wildflower meadow

School pupils go equipped with scoop nets and magnifying glasses on a tour of discovery through grass and flowers. This campaign is Kiel Science Factory's contribution to the nature conservation project "Blütenbunt-Insektenreich" (colourful flowers-rich in insects).

Taking samples from a river

Study Environmental Management

Jointly shape a more sustainable future – but how? One way can be a Master's degree, for example the English-language Environmental Management degree programme at the Kiel School of Sustainability.


A great stir around light

Whether solar cells, sensors or storage elements: materials with completely new properties could push forward future areas from renewable energies to life sciences and quantum computers. Physicist Nahid Talebi wants to develop the special microscopes needed for this.


Heavenly jubilation on 300 pages

Another volume is added to the Brahms complete edition: Kiel-based musicologist Dr Johannes Behr in collaboration with Professor Ulrich Tadday of the University of Bremen have published the Song of Triumph (Triumphlied) op. 55. A minor sensation was the starting point of the joint project.

Man holding his stomach

From lab to hospital bed

Major success for inflammation research in Kiel: a treatment approach developed at the CAU against chronic bowel inflammation is also effective and well tolerated in humans in the first clinical trial.

Light bulb

Innovation with room for improvement

How innovative is Germany? Every year, a six-member commission of experts with involvement from Kiel looks for answers to this question and presents a report to the Federal Chancellor that is full of recommendations, of which more than just a few go on to be implemented.

Two persons in neoprene suits on the beach

Marine science for all Master's degree students

Never seen before in Kiel – and a rarity across the German university landscape as a whole: with its new interdisciplinary Master School of Marine Sciences (iMSMS), Kiel University has created its first degree programme to incorporate all eight faculties.