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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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  • Information

    The designated President of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Jan S. Hesthaven, on the future strategy of his institution, the strengths of the Helmholtz Association, and what research can…

  • Information

    Anja Metelmann is an expert in quantum computing and commutes between Karlsruhe and Strasbourg as a bridge professor. We spoke to her about artificial atoms, quantum amplifiers and how she brings her…

  • Energy

    Lithium is essential for the production of batteries. In this interview, Valentin Goldberg of KIT explains how lithium could be brought to the surface from thermal springs in Germany.

  • Energy

    Superconductors carry electricity without resistance. They could be used in power cables, wind turbines or electric motors, but to do so they would have to be cooled well below freezing. Now,…

  • Matter

    In 2013, Kathrin Valerius was given her Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She has remained loyal to the center and is now a professor of astroparticle…

  • Energy, Matter

    The question of the next steps toward nuclear fusion energy is hotly debated in the Helmholtz Association right now. Wim Leemans is an expert in laser plasma acceleration and chairman of the Helmholtz…


Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

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

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