As Schleswig-Holstein's only fully-fledged university with over 26,000 students and more than 2,000 scientists, Kiel University (CAU) offers a cross-disciplinary academic environment. The disciplines offered by its eight faculties are connected by constant dynamic interfaces that are reflected in the university's teaching and integrative research profile. There is close cooperation between the Gustav-Radbruch-Network for Environmental Philosophy and Ethics and all university institutes. This is where ethical issues are discussed which go beyond disciplinary boundaries.
In 2008, four priority research areas were established, based on intensive collaboration: Kiel Life Science, Kiel Marine Science, Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science, as well as Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change. Each research area combines the expertise from various faculties - from natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, law and humanities. Today, the priority research areas are firmly embedded in the university’s structures. They complement the wide range of individual research in the various subjects, and form the basis for the Clusters of Excellence "The Future Ocean" and "Inflammation at Interfaces" as well as the Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes".
In parallel to this, shared research infrastructures evolved, such as a cleanroom, a lab for analysing ancient DNA, a platform for molecular in-vivo imaging or Europe’s largest scientific Next-Generation-Sequencing-Platform. A shared Computing Centre provides high-performance computer systems and storage services, and develops sophisticated strategies for managing research data.