Press Release 25/2007

Another Step Towards KIT

First Joint Department of the Universität and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
(Photo by: PKM)

Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
Press Officer

Kaiserstraße 12
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 721/608-2089
Fax: +49 (0)721/608-3658

Prior to the foundation of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) at the end of this year, the first KIT department has been established. The objective of this new Public Relations and Marketing Department (PKM) is consistent communication by the Universität and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe to the inside and outside – a major prerequisite for the success of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to be founded by both institutions.

For details, please contact:

Thomas Windmann
Head of the Public Relations and Marketing Department

Phone: +49 (0) 7247 82-2248
Fax: +49 (0)7247 82-5080


The new joint department is the first element of KIT that institutionalizes the cooperation of both institutions in research, education, and innovation. PKM comprises the former employees of the Press and Communication Department of the Universität as well as of the Public Relations Staff Unit of the Forschungszentrum, staff from the Forschungszentrum’s Conference Office of the Executive Board and part of the staff of the Marketing, Patents, and Licenses Department.

The new department is subordinate to the KIT board that consists of the rectorate of the Universität Karlsruhe and the Executive Board of the Forschungszentrum. The financial structures of both institutions will remain separate.

The new department will be headed by Dr. Thomas Windmann, who has headed the Marketing Group of the Marketing, Patents, and Licenses Department so far.

The KIT press officer will be Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost, the former press officer of the Universität Karlsruhe.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) represents the merger of the Universität Karlsruhe with the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Altogether, it has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 600 million Euros. In the KIT, both partners are bundling their scientific competences and capacities, establishing optimum research structures, and developing joint strategies and visions.

The KIT will be an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. KIT shall attract the best experts from all over the world, set new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists, and establish the leading European center in the field of energy research. KIT will assume a leading role in nanosciences worldwide. It is the objective of KIT to be one of the most important cooperation partners of industry.

The KIT press officer: Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost (Photo by: PKM)

Heads the PKM: Dr. Thomas Windmann (Photo by: PKM)

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Monika Landgraf
Head of Corporate Communications, Chief Press Officer
Phone: +49 721 608-41150
Fax: +49 721 608-43658
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Contact for this press release:

Thomas Windmann, Leiter der Abteilung PKM, Tel.: +49 7247 82-2248, Fax: +49 7247 82-5080
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