KIT-Fördergesellschaft e. V.
The KIT-Fördergesellschaft e. V. (formerly Karlsruher Universitätsgesellschaft e. V.) is the most important sponsoring association of the Universität Karlsruhe. It supports the university, its institutes, and establishments in cases of insufficient or lacking state funds - in education and research as well as in cultural and social needs of students. In 2007, the KIT-Fördergesellschaft sponsored a number of projects at the Fridericiana with more than EUR 100,000. The KIT-Fördergesellschaft supports scientists in establishing a physics student laboratory and students in the construction of a racing car for an international construction competition. Moreover, it is funding the Heinrich Hertz guest professorship.
At present, the KIT-Fördergesellschaft has roundabout 700 members, among them companies and corporations as well as students and former students of the university.
Freundeskreis des Forschungszentrums Karlsruhe e. V.
The defined task of the non-profit making Freundeskreis des Forschungszentrums (friends of the Forschungszentrum) is to support the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and its employees in their work mainly by granting funds, awards, and support.
From funds of a separate foundation by Professor Dr. Hans Joachim Langmann, the association is annually granting the Otto Haxel award to employees with top achievements with respect to innovations in industry. In June 2008, awards were granted for excellent performancees in the service sector for the first time.
Gesellschaft zur Pflege wissenschaftlicher Kontakte im Hause "Heinrich Hertz" e. V.
The Gesellschaft zur Pflege wissenschaftlicher Kontakte im Hause ”Heinrich Hertz“ e.V., or Heinrich-Hertz-Gesellschaft, is an association that wants to promote the dialogue between science, economy, and government and to harness the respective knowledge and experience of these domains for general public. The objectives of the Heinrich-Hertz-Gesellschaft, among other things, include the support of young Karlsruhe academics by scholarships and the promotion of study or research stays in Germany or abroad. Besides, the association supports the operation of the house for KIT’s guest lecturers, the Gastdozentenhaus. Members of the Heinrich-Hertz-Gesellschaft are offered a varied program of lectures and visits to museums, scientific institutions, and business organizations.
Verein für die Kinder der Beschäftigten und Studierenden der Universität Karlsruhe e. V. – KiBU e. V.
KiBU intends to promote the care and support of children whose parents or single parent are employed or enrolled at universities in Karlsruhe. The childcare programs organized by KiBU to take place during school vacation keep the school children occupied with a diversified program of sports, crafting, and learning through play.
Hochschulgemeinschaft für Lichttechnik an der Universität Karlsruhe (TH) e. V.
The Hochschulgemeinschaft für Lichttechnik is a lighting technology university community that supports teaching at the Lighting Technology Institute of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and in the Division of Building Physics and Building Installations of the Department of Architecture. The community was founded in 1921 by representatives of the lighting technology industry, the authorities, and the town councils to promote the scientific-technical fundamentals of lighting technology in teaching, research, and development and strengthen the link between industry and university.
Förderverein der Studierendenschaft des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie e. V.
The Förderverein der Studierendenschaft des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie e.V. aims to support the student groups at KIT and promote students‘ voluntary commitment. Quite frequently, especially the different volunteers finance their projects out-of-pocket or spend much time and effort to find sponsors and supporters. Collecting money, the sponsoring association supports the students’ commitment and contributes to creating good framework conditions for student groups.
Freunde der Versuchsanstalt für Stahl, Holz und Steine e. V.
The association Freunde der Versuchsanstalt für Stahl, Holz und Steine e. V. supports science and research in particular at the Research Center for Steel, Timber, and Masonry of the KIT. Annually it awards prizes to excellent diploma or master's theses in the area of steel and timber structures.