University news

A worm in a microscopic image

What makes the Red Queen tick?

Kiel Evolution Center provides new insights into the genetic basis of evolutionary dynamics

The coral Stylophora pistillata, also called Smooth Cauliflower Coral

Full carbonate chemistry at the site of calcification in a tropical coral

Coral calcification: Microscope-guided microsensor measurements reveal full carbonate chemistry at the site of calcification in a tropical coral

A group of men in front of a computer

Kiel physicists discover new effect in the interaction of plasmas with solids

microscope picture

Proven in a mouse model

Faulty DNA repair in intestinal stem cells leads to cancer

Woman at the lab

One of the world's fastest cameras films motion of electrons

Kiel research team examines ultrafast conversion of light energy in a solid

Oliver Müller

Funding for the development of new gene therapies for cardiovascular diseases

Faculty of Medicine and UKSH Kiel receive 1.4 million Euros research funding from the EU

A seed with a slimy sheath

Natural nanofibres made of cellulose

Kiel research team discovers strongly-adhesive nanofibres in the mucous sheath of plant seeds

Three men standing in a corridor

Unique insights into an exotic matter state

Physicists from Kiel develop new simulation method for the investigation of warm dense matter


Current events

This & that

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Haass, Biochemistry, LMU München

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

Info-Session in English

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


Mari Fukumoto, Hamburg

Lunchtime concerts | 30 minutes of music in the Bach hall

Head: Susanne Lorenz-Sprenger

Lunchtime concerts | 30 minutes of music in the Bach hall

Soloist: Sofja Gülbadamova, Lübeck

Lunchtime concerts | 30 minutes of music in the Bach hall

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.