Our Research Centres

Scientists in 18 Helmholtz Centres work on a wide range of topics, such as A for astrophysics, B for biology, C for cell research, and so on. Almost 36,000 staff use the most modern scientific infrastructure, including, in particular, large-scale facilities and instrumentation, which are also open to use by members of the international scientific community. Working on behalf of the state, Helmholtz scientists pursue an ambitious goal: To make an essential contribution to solving the grand challenges which society faces.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - The Research University in the Helmholtz Association

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. From fundamental research through to application, it excels in a broad range of disciplines, i.e. in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. It makes significant contributions to the global challenges of mankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information.

With about 9,300 employees, including roundabout 6,000 scientists and lecturers, and 25,000 students, KIT is a big science institution holding a leading position in Europe. KIT offers research-based study programs to prepare its students for responsible positions in society, industry, and science. Its innovation efforts build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural bases of life.

As "The Research University in the Helmholtz Association," KIT fully exploits its synergy potential resulting from combining tasks of national big research with those of a state university. To fulfill its three core tasks of research, higher education, and innovation, KIT is organized in five Divisions: Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering; Informatics, Economics, and Society; Mechanical and Electrical Engineering; Natural and Built Environment; Physics and Mathematics. These Divisions link research, teaching, and innovation to their respective institutes. The KIT Departments are responsible for university education, while program-oriented research is organized in Helmholtz Programmes.

Research at KIT: Scientific Excellence and Relevance to Society

Research is the central task of KIT and dedicated to both gaining knowledge and making significant contributions to the future viability of our society and the preservation of our natural basis of life.

The strength of KIT's research is reflected by the large scope of its research activities and its reciprocal enrichment of finding-oriented fundamental research and research close to application. KIT's research strategy is aimed at enhancing its national and international visibility by a clear and sharp research profile and, thus, at increasing its attractiveness for scientists from all over the world in all stages of their careers. Recruitment and support of excellent young scientists also is of high strategic relevance. KIT's research profile is determined by the disciplines pursued and works on topics sharpening this profile, in particular in the society's areas of demand of energy, mobility and information. Seven KIT Centers pool joint research activities.

Higher Education at KIT: Research-based Teaching and Learning

In fulfilling its higher education tasks, KIT understands itself as a research university that is strictly based on the entity of research and teaching. According to the basic didactic conception of KIT (research-based teaching and learning), research is the most important basis of higher education.

KIT is "The Research University in the Helmholtz Association," the only institution of this type in Germany. It stands for a research- and students-oriented teaching and learning culture. It provides best conditions for studies close to research with an optimum student/faculty ratio. After having completed their studies, students are prepared for assuming responsible positions in a globalized world with densely networked media. Studies at KIT enable students to develop sustainable solutions with the help of scientific methods.

Innovation at KIT: For the Future Viability of Our Society

KIT's innovation efforts build a bridge between scientific findings and applications for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT understands the transfer of scientific findings to application as a basic innovation principle and contribution to its social mission. Hence, all scientists of KIT are to fathom the innovation potential of their scientific and technological developments and use it, wherever possible.

KIT's research and innovation activities are in line with the federal government's High-tech Strategy and the continued Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation of Germany's federal and state governments and science organizations to enhance networking of good education, excellent fundamental research, and applied research in science and industry. Research, teaching, and innovation are considered core tasks of equal importance at KIT.

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