A university is not an island. It is an entity that impacts on, with and for society in a number of ways, by offering space for new ideas, passing on knowledge and values, enabling debates about controversial subjects. Universities train specialists, produce innovative products and start-ups, help companies to develop further, assist politics by giving advice and warnings. The CAU encompasses top quality, innovative science, a sense of responsibility and the transfer of knowledge. It advocates the university’s active role in society and aims to work closely together with the community to be the driving force behind regional, national and international development by looking for and finding pioneering solutions for our most pressing issues. This is the reason why the CAU maintains a variety of active connections with its partners in science, industry, politics and society.

Business & technology

Ideas and inventions developed at the CAU contribute towards technological and social progress. The Technology Transfer department at Kiel University supports and connects players from industry, the authorities and science. Researchers receive support if they have questions about patents, licences or collaboration with companies.

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Education & science

The CAU is one of Schleswig-Holstein’s largest educational facilities. One of its main tasks is to acquire knowledge and enable the state to exploit this knowledge for its own development. As many people as possible should benefit from and be involved in what the university discovers, which is why Kiel University prepares its students and young researchers not just for academic careers, but also for those outside the university. Service learning, for example, and (social) entrepreneur formats, which are firmly anchored in teaching, train solution-oriented thinking and acting.

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Politics & partners

Kiel University addresses the complex challenges that we are currently facing and strategically invests in interdisciplinary cooperation which goes well beyond faculty and institutional borders, thus making the CAU a valuable consultative partner for politics, institutes, society, the industry and educational facilities. These groups require independent, critical advice and support in increasingly complex political, economic or social contexts - a role which the CAU has taken on. The university bases its actions on its experts and their scientific quality and independence.

Politics and Partnes

Connecting science and industry

Linking science and industry – that´s the commitment of our team at CAU´s Transfer Department. This team, in collaboration with further units of Kiel University, offers experts support to launch research results on the market. They consult and support our scientists to claim and legally protect the intellectual property of their findings. They offer professional support – in close collaboration with our Centre for Entrepreneurship – when CAU members aim to get their technology-based start-up off the ground. The work hand-in-hand with our Science Centre (Wissenschaftszentrum) to initiate regional innovation programmes in Schleswig-Holstein and beyond. Further to this, they overview the corporate holdings of Kiel University.

Last but not least, the team at our transfer department, is in charge to present Kiel University at trade fairs, such as the "contacts" and is responsible further develop our beautiful event location “Seeburg” – based right at Kiel´s waterfront.


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Contact to the Transfer Department

Axel Koch

Research and Innovation

+49 431 880-1300+49 431 880-4897

Koboldstraße 2-4

24118 Kiel

Room: 03.16

Nerve cells with bound autoantibodies under the microscope

International doctoral programme on specific autoimmune diseases

The EU is funding the consortium "IgG4 Treat" with over 2.5 million euros for four years. Kiel University and the UKSH are 2 of 16 project partners.

Group picture award ceremony

From material to drug

Antiviral agent against herpes successful in innovation transfer competition

A herd of goats in a barren mountain landscape.

The mobility of people, goods and ideas since the Stone Age

Free booklet of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS is now available online or as a print edition.

underwater photo

Health from the Ocean - Research on medical application of algae derived compounds of the North and Baltic Seas

Kiel eye researcher and KMS member Alexa Klettner (UKSH) contributes brown algae research to EU project AlgaeProBanos