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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Cretaceous metabolic pathways influence present-day global nutrient cycles

Foraminifera in oxygen minimum zones may cooperate with bacterial symbionts in nitrate respiration


News from KMS

Five people in front of a ship lying on a quay edge

Campus by the sea: European universities fly the flag in Kiel and focus on joint research

The SEA-EU European university alliance is setting standards for future transnational cooperation in research, teaching and knowledge transfer


News from KiNSIS

Robot feet

Insects help robots gain better grip

International research team of biomechanics optimizes robotic movements inspired by insects


News from SECC

Map of Central and Eastern Europe with different coloured areas

Millet in the Bronze Age: A Superfood conquers the World

A research team at Kiel University has reconstructed in detail the spread of the grain from East Asia to Central Europe.