Priority research areas at Kiel University

Our four priority research areas Kiel Life Science (KLS), Kiel Marine Science (KMS), Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science (KiNSiS) and Societal and Cultural Change (SECC) enable close interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation on common core topics. They are interconnected, and maintain strong ties with the eight faculties at Kiel University.

Life Sciences

In the priority research area Kiel Life Science (KLS), scientists from six faculties at Kiel University investigate cellular and molecular processes with which living organisms respond to environmental influences.

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Marine Sciences

The priority research area Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is dedicated to interdisciplinary research at the interface between oceans and society – for the protection and sustainable use of our oceans and coastal areas.


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Nano Sciences

The priority resaerch area Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS) aims to understand fundamental principles at the nano level and to transfer them into the fields of energy, health and information technology.

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Social Sciences

The priority research area Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change (SECC) addresses central questions about the future of today's societies from a historical perspective.

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Recent news from Kiel University's priority research areas

News from KLS

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Simplified screening of individual bacterial species in biosamples

A method developed in the TransEvo research training group saves time and costs when analysing complex microbiological samples.


News from KMS

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International project launched to conserve biodiversity in the Mediterranean region

Researchers will develop management options for better balance of sea urchins and fish in marine forests


News from KiNSIS

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Detecting pollutants at ultra-trace levels

Material scientists develop nano-structured and reusable substrate for ultra-sensitive detection of low-concentration analytes


News from SECC


Tracing past societies with cutting-edge technology

Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University hosts the 15th International Conference on Archaeological Prospecting (ICAP2023)