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It's all in the scent: Plant inbreeding reduces attractiveness to pollinators


Effects of habitat destruction threaten the survival of plant populations

 
Mann und Frau an Laborbank

Cluster of Excellence PMI funds projects of its young researchers with more than 850,000 euros

22 projects of the cluster's young scientists were selected by an external team of reviewers.

 
An E. coli-cell under the microscope

Molecular powerhouse of the cell division motor

Dynamic proteins can deform the cell membrane of bacterial cells and thus initiate cell division

 
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Active agent developed in the Cluster of Excellence PMI is successful in clinical study

Placebo-controlled phase II study confirmed efficacy of olamkicept in patients with ulcerative colitis.

 
C. elegans under the mikroscope

New insights into the evolution of the immune system

Research team at Kiel University investigates the diversity of immune functions of closely related C-type lectin-like domain genes

 
Hole in the ground with skeletons, in which a man is working with tools.

Between Plague and Typhoid Fever – the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in the 14th Century

Research team uses ancient DNA to gain insight into the development and history of epidemics in historical Lübeck

 
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Swedish-German Science Cooperation

Award for Kiel Archaeologist

 
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Large-scale genetic study sheds light on the causes of hemorrhoids

International research team identified pathophysiological mechanisms of hemorrhoidal disease by studying the DNA of nearly one million people.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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