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Editorial

Dearreaders,

Experiencehasshownthatatthebeginningofanewyear,themonthsaheadappearfaroff,muchastheyseemtohavegonebyinaflashattheendofeachyear.2018wasanothersuccessfulandexcitingyearatKielUniversity.2019couldbeaground-breakingone,aboveallbecauseofthedecisionconcerningthestatusofUniversityofExcellence,whichwillbereachedinJuly.Wepresentedastrong,credibleconceptinourapplicationKielUniversityInterfaces.WefirmlybelieveitwillconvincetheinternationalevaluatorswhowillthoroughlyinvestigateKielUniversityinApril.Ifwearesuccessful,wecancontinueonKielUniversitysexceedinglysuccessfulpathoflivedinterdisciplinaryandtransdisciplinarysciencewithgreatmomentum.Ifirmlybelievewewillusethistailwindtofindmanyanswerstothepressingissuesofourtimes.Excellenceisallverywellandgood,butouruniversitysstrengthalsoliesinitsdiversityandpermanent,dynamicdevelopment.

Anexampleofthisdevelopmentisthe350-yearanniversaryoftheBotanicalGarden,whichwearecelebratingthisyear.Youwilllearnmoreaboutthatinthisissue,inadditiontolotsofinterestinginformationaboutdeathritualsinancientEgyptandgenderresearchincardgameform.

Ihopeyouenjoyreadingthelatestunizeitarticles!

Lutz Kipp

Prof Dr LutzKipp
UniversityPresident