Priority research areas of Kiel University

Our four priority research areas enable close interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation on common core topics. They are interconnected, and maintain strong ties with the eight faculties at Kiel University.

Kiel Marine Science

Kiel Marine Science is devoted to excellent and responsible ocean research at the interface between humans and the ocean. It brings together a variety of research fields such as climate research, coastal research and botany but also law and economics. Researchers from these different fields look at both the risks the ocean poses to people as well as the opportunities it provides. The success of Kiel Marine Science is based on close interdisciplinary cooperation in research and teaching between researchers from seven faculties at Kiel University.

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Kiel Life Science

In the priority research area Kiel Life Science, researchers from six faculties at Kiel University examine the cellular and molecular processes by which organisms react to environmental influences. Evolutionary aspects are consistently incorporated, both in the interdisciplinary research on the adaptation of agricultural crops to their specific environmental growth conditions, as well as in studying the influence of genetic disposition, individual lifestyles and environmental influences on the development of diseases. Kiel Life Science has an excellent global network, and cooperates on a regional basis with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, the Research Center Borstel (FZB), and the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein in particular.

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Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change

What are the interactions between changes in society, climate change and changes in the diet of certain groups? What held earlier societies together? How did our ancestors react to crises? How did they deal with social differences? In the priority research area "Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change", seven faculties at Kiel University are involved in interdisciplinary research into the interactions between society, culture and the environment. The priority research area is predominantly formed by the ­ “Johanna-Mestorf-Akademie für Landschaftsarchäologie und Socio-Environmental Research” (Johanna Mestorf Academy) and the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”.

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Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science

Due to unusual interactions at the atomic and electron level, materials and molecules develop exciting properties. In the research area "Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science" (KINSIS), researchers from the fields of physics, chemistry, engineering and life sciences are investigating these structures and processes on the nanoscale in order to understand, control and make them usable. The results include innovative materials, tailor-made molecules and technical concepts for industry, medicine or the environment. Scientists from four faculties are involved in the interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of nano and surface sciences.

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