Press releases 2021

December 2021

Collaboration between Kiel University and the Fraunhofer ISIT

Geoscientist from Kiel involved in international drilling project in Antarctica

Those who are being treated with TNF alpha blockers for a chronic inflammatory disease probably need a booster vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 earlier than others. A study by the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" indicates this.

November 2021

Study by the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" clarifies the anti-inflammatory effect of the fatty acid butyrate that is formed by intestinal bacteria.

The new World Ocean Review: Communicating the latest marine knowledge understandably

Researchers from the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Kiel University (CAU) in Germany discover a path to a shape-shifting ceramic material


Three medical scientists, a biologist, a biochemist and an engineering scientist from CAU are among the highly cited researchers in 2021 with their publications.

Imaging and modelling to explain why single bacterial cells do not always grow exponentially


International research team led by scientist from Kiel develops a new method for the generation of controllable electrical explosions


Diels-Planck-Lecture and Doctoral Thesis Awards 2021 of the Priority Research Area KiNSIS


A research team in Kiel has developed new contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging in order to be able to make biochemical processes visible.

Comparative study provides new insights into the loss of microbial diversity in the human body

October 2021

A Kiel research team from the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" has found a novel mechanism which can disrupt DNA repair in patients with chronic intestinal inflammation and thus lead to bowel cancer.

Tim Kohler, Washington University in Pullman/USA and Charlotte Brysting Damm, Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, will open the series.

Fourth Walther Schücking Lecture by Professor Dr Eibe Riedel: Kiel University welcomes internationally recognised UN expert for human rights


International in both location and participation

Welcome event for new students of the winter semester 2021/2022


Changes in certain proteins involved in packaging of the genetic material have a causal effect on the frequency of mutations

Geophysicist Dr. Christoph Böttner honoured with the BRIESE Award 2020 for his outstanding doctoral thesis.

Somatic gene variations play a larger role in evolutionary adaptation mechanisms

September 2021

Dr Zheng Zhou und Dr Sebastian Steinig received the accolades for their outstanding dissertations

Professor Christian Henning: “Win-win situation for the whole of society is possible but requires smart innovative implementation through policy-making.”

First new replacement building on Kiel University’s Anger grounds

August 2021

Archaeological Climate Summit in Kiel

International cooperation between materials science and medicine develops gel patches from a 3D printer that can be activated individually

Major project on digitalisation of the oceans among 16 consortia to win federal funding

Plasma physicist from Kiel receives the John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research 2021 for his results in the field of Warm Dense Matter


July 2021

European university alliance SEA-EU at Kiel University develops new online tools for teaching and learning

Reduction in bacterial population size and resulting random effects influence the evolution of antibiotic resistance

In the framework of a newly approved DFG project, a Kiel archaeologist is investigating the influence of climate change on the evolution of modern humans in Africa

Theoretical model on the origin of host-microbe symbioses based on microbial fitness

Joint press release of ifW, GEOMAR and iDiv

Vaccination with Moderna or Johnson&Johnson possible on campus

Kiel University’s collaborative research centre 1266 publishes a book about archaeology in the Žitava valley

Kiel University confers EmpowerMINT awards for theses

The interdisciplinary funding programme of the research area KiNSIS starts its second round

The DFG and “Understanding Animal Research” advocate for transparent information and open communication about animal experiments in research

June 2021

A research team from Kiel University in Germany has found new clues to the evolution of the pathogen, based on DNA from a 5000-year-old plague case.

Appointment strengthens research area at the Kiel Institute for Prehistory and Early History

New director at the helm of German Oceanographic Museum

Effects of habitat destruction threaten the survival of plant populations

22 projects of the cluster's young scientists were selected by an external team of reviewers.

Dynamic proteins can deform the cell membrane of bacterial cells and thus initiate cell division

May 2021

Placebo-controlled phase II study confirmed efficacy of olamkicept in patients with ulcerative colitis.

Research team at Kiel University investigates the diversity of immune functions of closely related C-type lectin-like domain genes

April 2021

Award for Kiel Archaeologist

International research team identified pathophysiological mechanisms of hemorrhoidal disease by studying the DNA of nearly one million people.

EU supports the joint degree program of four universities with more than 3 million euros within its Erasmus Mundus program


New insights into bacterial cell division mechanisms using the model organism Bacillus subtilis as an example

Ecological and evolutionary origins of phage communities as part of the human microbiome

Conclusion of the large-scale EU research project "DECOR": Institute of Classics invites visitors to international lectures starting April 19

New project led by Kiel University develops practical solutions for the Baltic Sea region by 2030

March 2021

For the first time, members of the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" have been able to demonstrate a safe and efficient immune response to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy.

Scientists from Kiel University want to transfer design strategies of insect wings to technical applications

Interdisciplinary research team in RTG “Materials for Brain” produces extremely conductive hydrogel for medical applications

Research team from Kiel University and the University of Hamburg publishes the first biomechanical study on the performance of snail teeth

900,000 Euros in EU funds for international consortium including Kiel University for research on host-microbe symbioses

Collaborative Research Center 1266 publishes study on the social significance of stone monuments in Nagaland, Northeast India

Members of the Cluster of Excellence PMI have demonstrated for the first time that a novel approach to treatment also works in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases

February 2021

A new study examines the phenomenon of Rare Diseases in ancient societies

New explanation for the origin of the symbiotic coexistence of complex organisms and their microbial co-inhabitants

Joint Press Release of the IOW (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research) and Kiel University (Kiel Marine Science/KMS)

An interdisciplinary research team decodes the historical genetic diversity of the European oyster with the aid of museum collections.

Research team from Kiel University develops joint splints for sports and medicine inspired by dragonfly wings


New digital discussion format of the CRC 1182 "Origin and Function of Metaorganisms"

Correlations between certain signaling molecules and nervous system involvement in childhood blood cancer


Digital Study Information Days in March

January 2021

The DFG is providing further funding for the Competence Centre for Genomic Analysis Kiel (CCGA Kiel) at Kiel University until 2023.

Collaborative Research Centre at CAU Kiel publishes study on genetic diversity and the immune status of humans around 3200 BC in Central Europe

International research team including Kiel University’s Professor Thomas Bosch fears that microbiome-associated environmental diseases could increase further in the wake of the Corona pandemic

Research team led by CAU Senior Professor Meyer discovers central mechanism which influences the start of the pathogenesis of cancer

Research team at Kiel University decrypts the prey capturing device of the aquatic hunters

Red yeast from deep-sea sediment shows anticancer and antibacterial properties

Correlations between gene variants and the composition of bacterial colonization in the human body

Eight European partners involving Kiel University and Professor Nahid Talebi started consortium on Electron Beams Enhancing Analytical Microscopy (EBEAM)


Start of construction on ZEVS and lecture hall building marks start of Gaarden Campus redevelopment

Scientists from Aachen, Kiel and Reykjavik publish results on Skyrmions in the journal Nature Physics