Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

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Sciences in Kiel

Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

Kiel University is Germany’s northernmost State University and the scientific centre of Schleswig-Holstein. At our institutes, 25,000 students learn their trade, about 2,000 scientists teach and do research in one of our eight faculties. They educate students in 185 degree programs and approximately 80 different areas ranging from Agricultural Science to Zoology. With its clinic, the University is one of the biggest employers in the region. It sees itself as a modern State University of interconnecting academic cultures.

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Building and auditorium of the CAU

Kiel University offers a clearly structured scientific profile that attracts students from all over the world. Various international Summer Schools invite future students to get to know their area of interest or to join supervised studies.

Kiel’s geographical location by the ocean is the basis for the wide-ranging and internationally recognized marine research. In the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”, scientists analyse manifold aspects of the marine sciences in a unique and unprecedented breadth. The Cluster facilitates knowledge transfer to the general public, industry and politics; it promotes international collaborations and supports young researchers within the Graduate School “Integrated School of Ocean Sciences” and the postdoctoral network “Integrated Marine Postdoc Network”.

An outstanding collaborative project within the research focus “Life Sciences” is the Cluster of Excellence “Inflammation at Interfaces”. Scientists want to deepen their understanding of chronic inflammations triggered by disturbances on the interfaces of organs such as skin or mucous membranes. They are searching for unique molecular signatures and aim to develop customizable anti-inflammatory therapies.

The Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” trains excellent young scientists in collaboration with the Natural and Medical Sciences. About 40 postgraduate students are carrying out research on how humans interact with their environment. The Baltic Sea is a topic central to numerous areas in the Arts and Humanities. The scientific focus “Northern and Eastern Europe” deals with cultures of the Baltic Sea area.

“Nano Science and Surface Research” is carried out at the highest level by members of both the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering. Scientists along with partners from all over northern Germany are striving to analyse how microscopic elements function and may be regulated. They develop methods that will result in new material systems for continuous monitoring and treatment of critical medical conditions.

Being “family friendly” is a high priority at Kiel University. The university is constantly working to make it easier for students with small children to keep their schedules. As a recognised partner of top level sports, Kiel University supports its ambitious sports students so that they can manage both: elite sports such as beach volleyball or sailing, and their studies.


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(from left to right): Jürgen Haacks / Uni Kiel