University news

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Kiel University joins the Association of China Centres at German Universities

Quality of research and teaching to be improved

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Kiel University is applying to become a University of Excellence

Written, bound, delivered: Kiel University’s (CAU) application for the title of University of Excellence is a good 175 pages long.

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Six Cluster members are rated as Highly Cited Researchers

Press release of the Excellence Cluster "Inflammation at Interfaces"

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Photo by Kiel-based scientist is successful in the Royal Society competition

Hamed Rajabi won second place with his picture of a dragonfly wing.

"Zographus regalis" from the Fabricius collection.

Kiel University presents globally important insect collection

New exhibition of the historical Fabricius collection in the Zoological Museum in Kiel

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Best career opportunities for researching clinicians in Schleswig-Holstein

70 posts for clinician scientists will be created within the next seven years.

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The light switch which activates enzymes

Research team under Kiel leadership controls the function of iron enzymes with light for the first time

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How frogs' tongues become sticky

A research team from USA, Denmark and Kiel studies the chemical adhesion mechanisms of frog tongues.


Current events

This & that

Dr. Luisa Galgani, Italy | Lecture series "Science meets society"

Prof. Jörg Niewöhner, Berlin | Lecture series "Science meets society"

Prof. Matthias Bergmann, Frankfurt a.M. | Lecture series "Science meets society"

presented by Prof. Ralph Schneider | Lecture series "Science meets society"


Studentenkantorei der CAU, Leitung: Bernhard Emmer

Mittagskonzert | 30 Minuten Musik im Bach-Saal

Hans Georg Ahrens & Bettina Rohrbeck

Mittagskonzert | 30 Minuten Musik im Bach-Saal

Anna Theresa Struck-Berghäuser, Katrin Eich & Michael Struck

Mittagskonzert | 30 Minuten Musik im Bach-Saal

Research at Kiel University

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.



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.


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:

So the Natural Sciences and Humanities, the Business, Economics and Social Sciences as well the  Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences received their own faculty. The most recent addition is the Faculty of Engineering on the Ostufer (east bank), which was founded in 1990.

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 27,000 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.