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Bacterial colonisation of the lung also depends on the host genome

Researchers at Kiel University and the Research Center Borstel implicate the role of known disease genes in lung microbiota composition.

Mathilde Poyet

Microbiome and health

Mathilde Poyet is Professor in Intestinal Microbiology at Kiel University and at the Institute of Experimental Medicine at the UKSH, Campus Kiel since…

 The circulatory system: dissection of the abdomen showing the large intestine, with the arteries and veins indicated in red and blue.

Exploring the Guts through Time and Space

How have people perceived the inside of their bodies since ancient times? An international conference and a workshop for people with visual…

Person collecting sand samples on a beach, water in the background

Enjoying our beaches – without polluting them

Researchers from Kiel present first combined systematic study on litter in the micro and macro spectrum on Schleswig-Holstein's Baltic Sea beaches

Drone image of the Wadden Sea. In the lower half of the picture you can see small two people pushing a handcart over mudflats

Lost since 1362

Joint scientific project locates the sunken church of Rungholt in the North Frisian Wadden Sea in Germany

Water and a rocky coastline with houses, a developed road and trees

Minimizing the risk of rising sea levels

Researchers of Kiel University model future urban development on European coasts

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Bacteria-animal partnerships in the sea

Harald Gruber-Vodicka is Professor (Heisenberg) of Marine Symbiosis at Kiel University since February 2023.

Porträt von zwei Menschen

Humboldt fellows at Kiel University

Prof. Dr. Violeta Radovich (Buenos Aires) and Dr. Richard W.W. Xing (Xiamen) research at the Walter Schücking Institute for International Law


This & that

International conference | Topic: Representation of human inner organs in a variety of worldwide contexts, genres, traditions and media from the…

Wednesday Lunch Concert

A multisensory approach for and with a visually-impaired public | German and English | Participation free of charge | registration required

International Workshop in the Realm of the Taiwan-German International Research Cooperation Project  | for scientists, historians and Ph.D students of…

Big, well maintained historic building with white facade and grey roof

Nanoworkshop 2023

11th International Workshop on Functional Nanocomposites | for Material scientists, physicists, chemists, and engineers from academics and industries | in Englisch

  • 11th International Workshop on Functional Nanocomposites
  • for: Material scientists, physicists, chemists, and engineers from academics and…

Research at Kiel University

Clusters of Excellence

As one of only 17 top German universities and two university consortia, the CAU was able to acquire two Clusters as part of the German Excellence Strategy: "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" (PMI)  and "ROOTS - Societal, Environmental and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies”. They will be funded with around 100 million euros until the end of 2025.


Logo PMI - Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation
Logo Roots - Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies

Priority Research Areas of Kiel University

Kiel University’s four priority research areas (KMS - Kiel Marine Science, KLS - Kiel Life Science, SECC - Societal, Environmental 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.


Logo Kiel Marine Science. Connected Research
Logo KLS: Kiel Life Science
Logo Kiel Nano, Surface & Interface Science

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. Around 800 research projects - in national and international partnerships or by individual researchers - are funded by the federal or state government, the EU and by companies. There is also enormous research potential in addition to third-party funding grants.


The 8 Faculties of the University

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

Degree programmes on offer

Courses from A to Z, teacher training, business education, Bachelors, Masters, state examinations or doctoral degrees: Schleswig-Holstein’s only comprehensive university offers 190 degree programmes.

In addition to this, the CAU also offers a junior study programme for school pupils, lectures as part of a guest auditor scheme or special courses for adults without Abitur or who have a different university entrance qualification within the scope of the contact studies programme.

Studying beyond the boundaries of one discipline – a range of initiatives at the CAU is now offering this, with specific courses for students who are already registered on a Master’s degree programme or who are working towards an interdisciplinary Master’s.

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 27,000 students and around 3,700 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.