Press Release 01/2007

Invitation to the Press Conference

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - A Model for the German Science and University System

In October last year, the Universität Karlsruhe was elected one of three “elite” univer-sities in Germany. The reviewers of the excellence initiative were convinced in par-ticular by an idea developed jointly with the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe: The merger of both renowned institutions to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

In autumn 2006, the Forschungszentrum and the Universität were charged with set-ting up a KIT concept to describe the details of the planned cooperative venture. In late May this year, the KIT partners submitted this concept to the federal and state ministries of science. First response by the Supervisory Board of the Forschungszen-trum, the university council, and the KIT International Advisory Board was throughout positive.

Two partners with a total of 8000 employees and an annual budget of more than half a billion Euros are bundling their forces in KIT to create an entirely new quality of co-operation. In this way, they will revolutionize the German science and university sys-tem.

What can be expected from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology? We will inform you at a press conference on

Tuesday, July 17, 2007,
11 a.m.
Large lecture hall (Audimax), Universität Karlsruhe
(Building No. 30.95, seminar room)
Straße am Forum, Karlsruhe

Members of the Podium

  • Professor Dr. Horst Hippler, Rector of the Universität Karlsruhe (Technical University)

  • Professor Dr. Eberhard Umbach, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH

  • Professor Dr. Anne Ulrich, Institute for Organical Chemistry, Universität Karlsruhe, and Institute for Biological Interfaces, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH

  • Dr. Timo Mappes, Institute of Microstructure Technology, Forschungszen-trum Karlsruhe GmbH

  • Dr. Martin Wörtler, Director, The Boston Consulting Group

  • Presented by: Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost, Head of the Press and Commu-nication Department, Universität Karlsruhe

Among others, the following issues will be covered:

  • KIT - gateway to the Champions League of science

  • KIT - big issues, big science

  • KIT - a model for German research

  • KIT - values added for research, lecturing, and innovation

  • KIT - new standards for the promotion of young scientists

  • KIT - a merger of a special type

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Karlsruhe on July 17, 2007.


By Thursday, July 12, via fax form to +49(0)721/608-3658 or by mail.

Please contact:

Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
Press and Communication
Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Phone +49(0)721-608-20 89

By Thursday, July 03, 2007


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