Priority Research Areas

Our four priority research areas enable close interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation on common core topics. They are interconnected, and maintain strong ties with the eight faculties at Kiel University. All four priority research areas have submitted draft proposals to participate in the German Excellence Strategy.

Kiel Marine Science

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Our marine priority research area is devoted to excellent and responsible ocean research at the interface between humans and the ocean. Kiel Marine Science brings together a variety of research fields such as climate research, coastal research and botany but also law and economics. Researchers from these different fields look at both the risks the ocean poses to people as well as the opportunities it provides. The success of Kiel Marine Science is based on close interdisciplinary cooperation in research and teaching between researchers from seven faculties at Kiel University. In addition, Kiel Marine Science works with the Research and Technology Centre in Büsum, the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design.

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Kiel Life Science

Logo of Kiel Life ScienceIn our life science priority research area, researchers from three faculties examine the cellular and molecular processes by which organisms react to environmental influences. Evolutionary aspects are consistently incorporated, both in the interdisciplinary research on the adaptation of agricultural crops to their specific environmental growth conditions, as well as in studying the influence of genetic disposition, individual lifestyles and environmental influences on the development of diseases. Kiel Life Science has an excellent global network, and cooperates on a regional basis with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, the Research Center Borstel (FZB), and the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein in particular.

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Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change

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What are the interactions between changes in society, climate change and changes in the diet of certain groups? What held earlier societies together? How did our ancestors react to crises? How did they deal with social differences? In our priority research area "Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change", five faculties, including natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, are involved in interdisciplinary research into the interactions between society, culture and the environment. On a regional basis, the priority research area works closely with the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (ZBSA) in Schleswig, and is predominantly formed by the “Johanna-Mestorf-Akademie für Landschaftsarchäologie und Socio-Environmental Research” (Johanna Mestorf Academy) and the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”.

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Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science

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Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS) combines researchers from four faculties at Kiel University, who jointly strive towards a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of nanomaterials. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, the priority research area is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the interactions between nanomaterials and their environments. The declared goal is to also implement the knowledge gained in practical applications. As such, KiNSIS creates controllable molecules, materials with customised properties and environmentally-friendly construction materials for medicine, environmental technology, mechanical engineering and the IT sector.

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