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An ion spy

Even today, there is still a lot of old handicraft in chemistry: you mix some things together, and in the end, something emerges. But what happens in between can sometimes be more interesting than the actual result. The Kiel researcher Dr Huayna Terraschke has developed a method to have a closer look at those happenings.

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Plenty of room for diversity

The Botanical Garden is not only the liveliest of Kiel University's museums, with its 14,000 plant species and eight hectares of land, it is probably also the largest – and different every day. ► More...


Dear readers,

Experience has shown that at the beginning of a new year, the months ahead appear far off, much as they seem to have gone by in a flash at the end of each year. 2018 was another successful and exciting year at Kiel University. 2019 could be a ground-breaking one, above all because of the decision concerning the status of University of Excellence, which will be reached in July. We presented a strong, credible concept in our application »Kiel University Inter­faces«. We firmly believe it will convince the inter­national evaluators who will thoroughly investigate Kiel University in April. If we are successful, we can continue on Kiel University's exceedingly successful path of lived interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science with great momentum. I firmly believe we will use this tailwind to find many answers to the pressing issues of our times. Excellence is all very well and good, but our university's strength also lies in its diversity and permanent, dynamic development.

An example of this development is the 350-year anniversary of the Botanical Garden, which we are celebrating this year. You will learn more about that in this issue, in addition to lots of interesting information about death rituals in ancient Egypt and gender research in card game form. I hope you enjoy reading the latest unizeit articles!

Lutz Kipp
President of Kiel University

Movement on the seabed

Sandy coasts and the Wadden Sea are under threat by climate change and the rise in sea-levels, and this is a situation that cannot be stopped by dykes or sand filling. So it is important that the dynamics of sediment transportation be thoroughly researched and developments forecast. ► Read more...

From the cow to the cheese counter

The new Dairy Science degree programme is unique in Europe. This is why students from around the world come to Kiel University to complete their master's degree in Dairy Science. ► Read more...