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Almost like during the Cold War

Around 25 years ago, Russia joining the EU did not seem completely impossible. Today the relationship between the two sides is more similar to that during the Cold War period. The political scientist Dr Sven Singhofen fears that it will remain so for quite a while.

Long-gone are the times when Russia and the European Union (EU) officially strived to create a strategic partnership. In 2005, these efforts were formalised into an agreement on »Four Common Spaces«. Even then, dark clouds were gathering over the supposed East-West spring under Vladimir Putin... ► Read more...

The non-European view

Are stone monuments in India comparable with large stone graves in Northern Germany? European and Indian researchers met to exchange knowledge. ► Read more...


Dear readers,

In 2019, Kiel University’s Botanical Garden will be 350 years old. It is actually five botanical gardens – back in 1669, four years after founding Kiel Univers­ity, Johann Daniel Major (1634–1693) created the first »hortus medicus« for the Faculty of Medicine. Over the centuries, four more gardens arose in different locations in Kiel, including the Old Botanical Garden on Schwanenweg. The most recent »new formation« took place in 1975 behind the biology centre at the end of Leibnizstraße.

The gardens have always been a lively compendium of natural history and popular places to study and relax. Their emergence over time spectacularly describes the close link between the development of the city and the university. Kiel University and the city are now taking this common theme up again. Science is once again the driving force behind Kiel’s development. We are forging ahead with this connection and the exchange between science and society, together with our partners. Things that belong together, grow together. The Botanical Garden is a beautiful symbol for this.

I hope you enjoy reading the latest unizeit articles!
Lutz Kipp
President of Kiel University

When is an island an island?

And why is this important? Professor Nele Matz-Lück tackled these questions in a lecture during Kieler Woche. In the unizeit interview, the Kiel international law expert explains why the definition of islands is so controversial. ► More...

Personalised Medicine

Every patient is different. The Department of Pharma­ceutics and Biopharmaceutics researches how to produce matching medication. A cooperation agreement with Oslo will expand the scope of research and teaching. ► Read more...