Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Knowledge Transfer in Industry, Politics, and Society

Visitors experience virtual worlds (photo: Sandra Göttisheim)

KIT assumes responsibility for enabling the transfer of knowledge to society, culture, industry, and politics through a variety of channels and infrastructure offers and for supporting mutual dialogue. Communication with groups of society other than science to push science-based further development of society and to meet expectations on the performance of the science system is of high relevance at KIT.

Innovation and Relations Management – Industry and Companies

Qualified graduates, latest research results, innovative business ideas – the Innovation and Relations Management Service Unit (IRM) is the intermediary information hub and facilitates the industry’s and investors’ access to latest development results.

Strategic Corporate Development and Communications – Corporate Communications

The Corporate Communications Unit is responsible for KIT’s institutional internal and external communication. At the interface of KIT and the public, it reports latest results of KIT’s cutting-edge research and achievements in academic education and innovation on multiple channels tailored to specific target groups.

ZAK | Center for Cultural and General Studies

ZAK, a central academic unit of KIT, does not only support interdisciplinary and intercultural education by its large scope of courses offered, but specifically fosters individual advanced social qualification of young people through special funding programs. In addition, it strengthens interdisciplinary exchange at KIT and creates space for dialog between science and society through its public science.

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis

The Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis investigates scientific and technological developments with a focus on systemic relationships and impacts. Major goals are advice for research and technology policy, provision of knowledge for the design of socio-technical systems, and the organization of discursive processes on open or controversial issues of technology policy.

Institute of Technology Futures

The Institute of Technology Futures interdisciplinarily explores technology futures with respect to their origin, distribution, and their impacts. The results of this research are used for schematic further development as well as public debate.

National Institute for Science Communication

The National Institute for Science Communication, a non-profit limited liability company, was established by the Klaus Tschira Foundation and KIT. The Institute imparts to researchers and students the fundamentals of understandable and good science communication with non-specialists.

Institute for German Studies – Science Communication

The Science Communication Unit of the Institute for German Studies of KIT focuses on the investigation and teaching of communication products, processes, and interactions between science and the public.

Pupils’ Laboratories

At the pupils’ laboratories at KIT, pupils are given an impression of the world of “science.” About 5000 children and adolescents annually join the courses for research and experimenting.

KIT Children’s University

Scientists of KIT present natural science and engineering by clear and vivid lectures and exciting experiments. The series of events addresses pupils aged from seven to fourteen.