Dear readers,

Climate crisis, diseases of pandemic proportions and Russia's attack on Ukraine in violation of international law. A triad of major challenges currently dominates all the news. And puts a strain on our society – at the CAU, in Kiel, in Germany and all over the world.

In teaching, research and transfer, our university and its members are working with a high level of expertise and tremendous commitment on solutions to these social tasks. I see this most impressively in my daily work – and you can see it in this anniversary edition of unizeit, which is being published for the 111th time.

In my opinion, the selected research projects and backgrounds paired with so many different people clearly illustrate that our scientific research results are contributing significantly to overcoming the current challenges. Researchers at the Institute of Pharmacy achieved groundbreaking results in the treatment of malaria. With strong lacquers, our Functional Nanomaterials team has an energy-efficient solution for the maintenance of off-shore wind turbines.

And in our title theme, the Board of Directors of the Walther-Schücking-Institute for International Law is dedicated to international law in war. They most impressively place Russia's attack on Ukraine in the current international legal systems.

In doing so, they also clearly illustrate the topicality of the founding motto of Kiel University: pax optima rerum − peace is the best thing, the most valuable asset.

Prof. Dr Simone Fulda

Portraitbild Simone Fulda
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Simone Fulda