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The KIT Science Week

SAVE THE DATE: From October 5 to 10, 2021 the KIT Science Week will take place for the first time
KIT Science Week

As a large research and education institution, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is in permanent dialog with its stakeholders in politics, science, industry, and the public. KIT communicates science and its findings to citizens, but also receives impetus from society and integrates it in its work. Dialog with society is one element of our mission as University of Excellence.

One of the measures to foster KIT’s interaction with society is the KIT Science Week. This idea was born when writing the successful proposal for the University of Excellence. The event will take place for the first time from October 5 to 10, 2021. It will combine a high-ranking international scientific conference with dialog formats for the public. The KIT Science Week builds on and complements formats for communication with citizens that are currently used by KIT. The first KIT Science Week will focus on artificial intelligence. Its title will be “Der Mensch im Zentrum der lernenden Systeme” (the human being in the center of learning systems).

The program will cover the complete scope of AI applications in production and work, mobility, healthcare, nursing care and households, weather and climate (in particular, data analysis) as well as communication. Together with representatives of politics and industry as well as citizens, we will discuss the opportunities and risks of artificial intelligence and how AI can be used for the benefit of our society.

During the KIT Science Week, keynote speeches, TED talks, panel discussions, an exhibition, a citizens dialog platform, or guided tours will provide citizens interested in science and cultural work with exclusive insight into research activities relating to learning systems.



Roboter Armar-6 stellt sich vor (Foto: Henning Strauch, KIT)

The KIT Science Week will comprise a broad spectrum of different events. It will be opened officially on October 5, 2021 with keynotes by well-known representatives of science, research, and politics on Campus South of KIT.

The scientific conference organized by Professor Tamim Asfour from October 6 to 8, 2021 will include keynote speeches by high-ranking scientists about AI research and subtopics, such as knowledge-based systems, pattern recognition and analysis, as well as robotics. The conference will also include a symposium of doctoral researchers. The conference will be complemented by parallel international massive open online courses (MOOCs) and guided tours on the campus of KIT.

In the evening hours, events for the public will be organized, in which artificial intelligence will be explained and critically analyzed and the relevance of AI to the future of our society will be highlighted.

Guided tours, workshops, and entertainment programs will complement the Science Week. In October 2021, the whole city of Karlsruhe will tackle the many controversial issues relating to artificial intelligence. More information on the program and all highlights of the first KIT Science Week will be provided on this site soon.

The Human Being in the Center of Learning Systems

Focus of the KIT Science Week 2021
Demonstration eines Virtual Reality-Projekts (Foto: Tanja Meißner, KIT)

Artificial intelligence (AI) and AI-based technologies and applications will determine our future everyday life, work, and society far more than they do today. Learning systems provide tremendous opportunities to shape our information society and to establish safe and environmentally compatible mobility. Visions and questions relating to learning systems, also in the context of digitization, will be in the focus of the KIT Science Week 2021.

Artificial intelligence is advancing at high speed, it has an enormous change potential which most probably will be of revolutionary character. Generally, it will be important to use AI for the society’s benefit. At KIT, we therefore consider it our responsibility not only to push the development of new technologies, but also to analyze their impacts and consider their risks from the very beginning. The events of the KIT Science Week will deal with precisely these potentials and risks.

KIT’s vast expertise in AI is acknowledged worldwide. KIT forms part of an extensive network with strong partners from industry. This specially applies to the areas of robotics, automation, autonomous systems, and human-machine interaction. During the KIT Science Week, activities for the public to participate, exhibitions, presentations of films or panel discussions will provide fascinating insight into KIT’s competences in the area of learning systems. Enjoy a diverse program relating to the thrilling diversity of learning systems.


Partners und Sponsors

Become part of the KIT Science Week and support it as a sponsor!
Roboter Armar-6  (Foto: Laila Tkotz, KIT)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) attaches high importance to dialog with society and to the presentation and discussion of innovative ideas and projects. It is our major goal to communicate pioneer developments by our University of Excellence, but also by other institutions worldwide, to a scientific expert audience as well as to citizens interested in science and cultural work.

Dialog with society will also characterize the first KIT Science Week comprising a variety of events in October 2021. It will combine a scientific conference of high-ranking researchers with dialog formats for intensive exchange with citizens. It will focus on critical discourse at public science events organized in cooperation with the city and actors from the technology region. The first KIT Science Week 2021 will focus on artificial intelligence as a key issue of the future: “Der Mensch im Zentrum der lernenden Systeme” (The Human Being in the Center of Learning Systems).

As an official partner, you will become part of the KIT Science Week. Seize the opportunity to network with top scientists, high potentials from industry and society, and students and present your institution to the public at the KIT Science Week. We will provide tailored marketing and sponsoring offers for your message to reach the desired target group at the right touch points.

Attractive sponsoring packages for your company will be presented on this website soon.

Contact for Sponsoring

Natalie Gaab
Project Coordination KIT Science Week
Phone: +49 721 608-21167
Email: natalie.gaab∂kit edu