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Studying at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The Research University tin the Helmholtz Association

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Main Research Activities at KIT

Research Profile

KIT’s research profile is determined by the disciplines pursued and by work 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 across disciplines: Energy, Mobility Systems, Information · Systems · Technologies, Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Climate and Environment, Materials · Structures · Functions, and Humans and Technology.


KIT Centers



1100 staff members make the KIT Energy Center one of Europe’s largest energy research establishments. It links fundamental research with applied research into all energy resources for industry, households, services, and mobility. This results in a holistic assessment of the entire energy cycle. Research includes the societal side of innovative energy technologies.

For an excellent education of students and professionals, the interdisciplinary School of Energy has been established.


Mobility Systems

The KIT Mobility Systems Center pools the vast competencies and resources in the field of ground-based traffic to develop multi-disciplinary solutions for tomorrow’s mobility, in particular the transportation of passengers and goods. The KIT Mobility Systems Center thus represents a major element of KIT’s profile. The Center focuses not only on technical developments, but also on the interaction of man, vehicle, and infrastructure.


Information · Systems · Technologies

The Information · Systems · and Technologies Center investigates and designs complex adaptive, technical systems for secure and efficient handling of information. Hence, it bundles interdisciplinary competences across KIT divisions, in particular from informatics, economics, electrical and mechanical engineering and information technology, as well as social sciences.


Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics

The KIT Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics Center (KCETA) bundles theoretical fundamental research and undertakes international large-scale projects to study the smallest building blocks of matter and their interaction as well as their role in the evolution of the universe. The research activities are performed at the interface of astronomy, astrophysics, elementary particle physics, and cosmology. The DFG funded research training group “High energy physics and particle astrophysics” teaches more than 70 doctoral students in fundamental research and high technology.


Climate and Environment

The KIT Climate and Environment Center develops strategies and technologies to preserve natural resources, striving not only for the elimination of the causes of environmental problems, but also for the adaption to a changed situation. The graduate school GRACE and the Helmholtz research school MICMoR offer outstanding education in the area of climate and environment.


Materials · Structures · Functions

The Materials · Structures · Functions Center bundles research of the former NanoMicro Center and the Optics und Photonics Focus.


Humans and Technology

The KIT Humans and Technology Center deals with social and cultural aspects and problems associated with science and technology. It pools the competences of about 400 scientists from 35 institutes of KIT. The large spectrum of research covers topics like advancing digitization, social impacts of technical innovations, or use of renewable energies and resources.