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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT is the research university in the Helmholtz Association and focuses its cutting-edge research on the fields of energy, mobility, and information. As the only German university of excellence with national large-scale research, KIT offers its students, researchers, and employees unique learning, teaching, and working conditions. More than half of the 9,000 KIT employees work in research, for example in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, humanities, and social sciences. The scientists consider innovation to be one of their central tasks: KIT not only creates and imparts knowledge for society and the environment, but also uses it to develop applications for industry. One focus is on the field of technology assessment: The institute offers policy-makers, industry, and society approaches to solutions for exploiting the potential of technical progress while minimizing its risks. KIT's goal is to contribute to meeting global challenges through research in a continuous exchange with society.

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  • Earth & Environment

    Molecular biologist Holger Puchta has been researching modern plant breeding methods for years. Genome editing is faster and more precise than conventional mutagenesis. He therefore welcomes the EU…

  • Information

    They write seminar papers, scientific articles and can even design experiments. The Office of Technology Assessment has evaluated the consequences of AI chatbots like ChatGPT for education and science…

  • Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Earth & Environment

    Autonomous research robots play a crucial role in deep-sea research as well as in the exploration of distant planets. Helmholtz researchers from both fields have joined forces and together are…

  • Energy

    A comment from Holger Hanselka, President of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Vice President of the Research Field Energy of the Helmholtz Association.

  • Earth & Environment

    The construction industry must become more sustainable, demands architect Dirk Hebel. At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), he is therefore developing new building materials, including some…

  • High-rise buildings made of mushrooms, with cooling facades and vegetable gardens on the roof: Architecture must change to become more sustainable and climate-friendly, and solutions are coming from…


Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Kaiserstraße 1276131 KarlsruheCampus Nord:Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

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