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The very early childhood shapes the bacterial community in the gut

An international study with the participation of the Cluster of Excellence "Inflammation at Interfaces" has for the first time demonstrated a factor...

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Inspired by feet

Kiel research team increases adhesiveness of silicone using the example of beetles

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How nutrients are removed in oxygen-depleted regions of the ocean

Kiel research team describes genetic and evolutionary mechanisms of nitrate reduction from foraminifera for the first time

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A look inside chemical reactions

German-Brazilian workshop for the targeted production of nanomaterials takes place at Kiel University from July 31st until August 2nd

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New discoveries on Easter Island

International research team under Kiel leadership discovers prehistoric pigment production sites

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German March for Science groups gathered at Kiel University

On July 19 and 20 more than 30 representatives of the German March for Science groups from 12 cities came to Kiel on an invitation of physics...

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Germany today - language, society, state, culture

71st International Summer Course at Kiel University

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Günther Deuschl is Kiel University’s first senior professor

Günther Deuschl is Kiel University’s first senior professor


Current events

Ocean Deoxygenation: Drivers and Consequences · Past · Present · Future · SFB 754 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE KIEL GERMANY

Ocean Deoxygenation / For scientists / In English language


Interdisciplinary Conference: Politicized Struggles for Recognition

For scientists | In English language


From Big Data to Smart Farming

Phenotyping, applications, decision support / For scientists, students/ In German language, parts will be held in English language


International Law and Human Health

The Role of International Economic Law / For Scientists / In English language


Clusters of Excellence at Kiel University

Kiel University has successfully obtained funding for three projects, each for two funding periods, as part of the Federal Excellence Initiative (2006-2019). The Clusters of Excellence “Future Ocean” and “Inflammation at Interfaces”, plus the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”, deal with relevant research issues of our time.



Priority Research Areas of Kiel University

Kiel University’s four priority research areas (KMS - Kiel Marine Science, KLS - Kiel Life Science, SECC - Societal and Cultural Change, KiNSiS - Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science) enable close interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration between different research fields on shared core topics. The priority research areas are also interlinked with one another and closely related to the CAU’s eight faculties. KMS, KLS and SECC have submitted full applications to participate in the German Excellence Strategy.



The eight faculties at the CAU

When Kiel University was founded in 1665, the four traditional sciences were organised into faculties - Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. These have expanded over the years to include separate faculties for Natural Sciences and Humanities, Business, Economics and Social Sciences, and Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences. The most recent addition is the Faculty of Engineering on the Ostufer (east bank), which was founded in 1990.


Research at Kiel University

The CAU is Schleswig-Holstein’s only fully-fledged university with a major focus on research. Over time, four dynamic priority research areas have systematically developed which are based on strong disciplines interacting together - Marine Science, Life Science, Societal and Cultural Change, and Nano Surface & Interface Science. Each individual research area makes a substantial contribution towards dealing with at least one of the grand challenges of our time.


Studying at Kiel University

With 190 degree programmes to choose from, Kiel University offers a great deal to learn and the opportunity to exchange ideas with lots of people. Students can select traditional subjects like law or medicine, as well as disciplines such as humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Applied fields of study such as material and technological sciences or agricultural and nutritional sciences offer particularly good career options.

More about studying at the CAU

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Kiel University (CAU) was founded back in 1665. It is Schleswig-Holstein's oldest, largest and best-known university, with over 26,000 students and around 3,000 members of staff. It is also the only fully-fledged university in the state. Seven Nobel prize winners have worked here. The CAU has been successfully taking part in the Excellence Initiative since 2006.