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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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  • Energy

    Leaving the fossil fuel era behind us is both a mammoth task and a balancing act. To ensure that the energy turnaround succeeds in time, experts at Helmholtz are working on solutions across a broad…

  • Information

    Physicist Wolfgang Wernsdorfer was awarded the Leibniz Prize in 2019. He began his career as an apprentice electrician—and learned things he still uses in his current research into the computers of…

  • Earth & Environment

    Nicolaus Dahmen wants to obtain high-quality petrol from straw, waste wood and other waste material from agriculture and forestry. In a large pilot facility on the grounds of the Karlsruhe Institute…

  • Information

    Anyone can transcribe the genetic code of bacterial cells in his kitchen at home, says biohacker and research scientist Rüdiger Trojok. He explains in an interview why everyone should deal with…

  • Information

    Erin Koos has developed a new method that can improve material properties. This could be used for the production of customized products such as plastics made ??with little softening agents. Since…

  • Health

    A protein from green algae that will supposedly revolutionise brain research? Just a few years ago, that was still an absurd notion for most scientists.


Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Kaiserstraße 12 76131 Karlsruhe Campus Nord: Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

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