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Dominion over the sea

Who decides where raw materials may be exploited in the deep sea, and under what conditions? Political questions like these related to the ocean are Aletta Mondré's research field. She holds the unique chair for international ocean governance.

The ocean floor holds coveted raw materials. In addition to oil and gas, they also include economically interesting marine gas hydrates and ores. A number of countries and companies are already in the starting blocks in order to secure a piece of the pie.... ► 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...