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 Excellence Strategy

The German Excellence Initiative will be continued as an Excellence Strategy as from 2019. Kiel University has submitted three full applications, and if these are successful, will apply for the official title of University of Excellence. This requires at least two successful Cluster applications - a decision on this will be made in September 2018.

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Research news

Menschen stehen in einer Eingangshalle

Career Day at Kiel University

200 young researchers informed themselves about funding opportunities for their research projects.

 
Venice and its lagoon

World Heritage Sites threatened by rising sea levels

Kiel-based study shows: danger posed by storm surges could increase by up to 50 percent

 
Expedition POS496 in March 2016

GeoSEA array records sliding of Mount Etna’s southeastern flank

Volcano flank moves under water – Tsunami is a possible consequence

 
Group picture of about 20 scientists

Stronger partnership with Kobe University

Kiel University delegation visits Japanese partner institution .

 

The Excellence Initiative

Kiel University has successfully obtained funding for three projects, each for two funding periods, as part of the German Excellence Initiative (2005-2017). 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.

The Excellence Initiative will be continued as an Excellence Strategy as from 2019. The CAU has entered four applications to the competition, of which three have made it to the final stage. A decision will be made in September 2018.

 

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Priority research areas at 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.

 

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Research projects at Kiel University

Most of the research that is carried out at the CAU is financed using third-party funds, and the volume of work conducted has increased continuously over the years. 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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Research infrastructures

Excellent research infrastructures are an important basis for Kiel University and for Schleswig-Holstein as a science location. They include all facilities, equipment, resources and services scientists need for their research.

As the transdisciplinary transfer of knowledge is so important, these research infrastructures are not only available for use by other universities, but also by companies from the industry. Exchanging findings between university and non-university investigations leads to synergy effects which benefit both fundamental and preventive research.

Institutes like the Centre for Molecular Biosciences (ZMB) or the Competence Center Nanosystem Technology not only enjoy outstanding reputations nationwide, but also offer excellent working conditions to international researchers.

 

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Centre for Molecular Biosciences

Integrity & ethics

Kiel University is a place of research, teaching and supporting early career researchers, and it is therefore fully committed to upholding professional scientific standards and to ensuring that ethical research guidelines are established and adhered to. All scientific work at the CAU is based on the principles of good scientific practice.

 

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Early career researchers

Kiel University feels particularly obliged to support researchers at the start of their careers and offers a range of coordinated funding programmes for young scientists. There is also the Graduate Center, which advises doctoral researchers at the CAU, and the Postdocs Online Portal for postdoc graduates.

 

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Service and advice

Advice on research proposals

The Research Funding divisions at Kiel University offer services and advice on applications, contract management and third-party funds management. They can help in all phases of a research project.

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Welcome Centre for international researchers and scholars

The Welcome Centre offers services to international scientists and scholars coming to Kiel University, either as an employee of the university or as a guest professor, visiting researcher, scholar, or fellowship/scholarship recipient. We can advise you on matters such as visas and residence permits, housing, health, liability and accident insurance, registering as a resident, how to open a bank account, the tax office and matters regarding accompanying family members.

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Kiel University’s Nobel prize winners

The CAU: excellent science for 353 years

We have been researching and teaching at the CAU at the highest level for over 350 years. The 20th century was a period of ground-breaking inventions - also in Kiel. Seven Nobel prize winners researched and worked here. However, genius did not always go hand in hand with humanity.

 

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