Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 001/2016

New Composition of KIT’s Presidential Committee

From 2016, New Vice Presidency for Innovation and International Affairs – New Vice President Research
Das aktuelle Präsidium des KIT ab Januar: Präsident Holger Hanselka (3.v.li.) mit den Vizepräsidenten Thomas Hirth (Innovation und Internationales), Oliver Kraft (Forschung) sowie Elke Luise Barnstedt (Personal und Recht), Alexander Wanner (Lehre und akad

The current Presidential Committee of KIT as of January: President Holger Hanselka (3rd from the left) with Vice Presidents Thomas Hirth (Innovation and International Affairs), Oliver Kraft (Research), Elke Luise Barnstedt (Human Resources and Law), Alexander Wanner (Higher Education and Academic Affairs), and Ulrich Breuer (Finance and Business Affairs); from left to right. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)



In January 2016, two new Vice Presidents start activity in KIT’s Presidential Committee. As of January 01, the team of KIT President Professor Holger Hanselka is complemented by Vice President Professor Oliver Kraft, who will be responsible for research, and Professor Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs. Dr. Elke Luise Barnstedt, Dr. Ulrich Breuer, and Professor Alexander Wanner will continue their work as Vice Presidents for Human Resources and Law, Finance and Business Affairs, and Higher Education and Academic Affairs, respectively.


“With our current team of six members, we are optimally positioned for national and international competition of research and education institutions,“ the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka, says. “The year 2016 with the competition following the Excellence Initiative will be highly exciting. We have defined our strategic position as ‘The Research University in the Helmholtz Association‘. I am highly confident for the new year and look forward to further developing the KIT together with all our employees and making it an attractive place of studies for our students.“


The new Vice President for Research Oliver Kraft succeeds Detlef Löhe, who retired on December 31, 2015. The Vice Presidency for Innovation and International Affairs assumed by Thomas Hirth was newly established.


More information on the two Vice Presidents:

KIT Senate Confirms Election of Thomas Hirth as Vice President for
Innovation and International Affairs


KIT Senate Confirms Election of Oliver Kraft as Vice President Research


More information on the former Vice President Professor Detlef Löhe, who retired on December 31, 2015:

Leaving the KIT: Detlef Löhe Is about to Retire



Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 24,400 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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