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(07.08.2020)Shanghai Ranking: KIT Reaches Top Positions Worldwide

Metallurgy, atmospheric research and energy sciences in position 1 in Germany.

KIT scientists have identified and evaluated trends such as electromobility that could establish by 2035. (Photo: Sandra Goettisheim)
(29.07.2020)Technology Calendar Supports Companies in the Change

Study compares mobility scenarios and helps with strategic decisions.

The research team hopes to use new materials to create safe and durable high-performance cells. (Photo: KIT)
(28.07.2020)Anode Material for Safe and Long-life Batteries

Lithium lanthanum titanate particles enable high power densities even on the micrometer scale.

Regenmessen mit dem Mobilfunknetz: Je mehr Niederschlag fällt, desto schwächer wird das Signal, mit dem die Funkmasten Informationen austauschen. (Foto: Cynthia Ruf, KIT)
(22.07.2020)Rain Measurement with the Mobile Phone Network

Precipitation-induced weakening of the radio connection allows for the generation of rain maps of high temporal resolution.

Auf der Plattform der Helmholtz Energy Computing Initiative (HECI) sind Modellierungswerkzeuge für die Energiesystemoptimierung frei verfügbar (Montage: KIT).
(21.07.2020)Open Source for the Global Energy Transition

The Helmholtz Association’s Energy Computing Initiative supports climate-friendly transformation of energy systems.

Die konsequente Automatisierung sowie der Einsatz von KI beim Planen und Auswerten von Versuchsreihen sollen die Entwicklung neuer Batterien beschleunigen. (Foto: Daniel Messling, KIT)
(17.07.2020)EU Project to Boost Battery Development

The European initiative BATTERY 2030+ launches a novel battery development strategy.

(14.07.2020)Aerosols Influence Solar Power Yield in Europe

Research project investigates how tiny airborne particles change the weather and solar radiation.

(14.07.2020)State Rectors' Conference on the Winter Semester 2020/21

Digital Studies in Baden-Württemberg will continue. The aim is to have as much face-to-face teaching as possible.

The temperature-controlled safety housing developed at KIT and equipped with sensor technology for testing lithium-ion cells under critical conditions (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
(13.07.2020)Improved Test Methods for Battery Systems

KIT and its partners work on new test methods and standards for lithium-ion cells in battery systems.

(13.07.2020)New Architectures for Future Mobility

UNICARagil presents central research results and first prototypes of driverless vehicle concepts.

(13.07.2020)Climate Protection Science Platform on the Corona Economic Stimulus Package

Statement on requirements for the design of economic stimulus packages.

(10.07.2020)Help against Fake Shops

KIT participates in INSPECTION project that is aimed at detecting manipulations of websites and informing persons affected.

Batterieforschung der Zukunft: Stapelmodul des SmartBatteryMaker.
(09.07.2020)KIT Research in Four New Battery Competence Clusters

Cooperation projects on agile production, recycling, utilization concepts and quality assurance.

During a harvest day, there are periods of high as well as relatively low workload - an assistance system is now to help compensate for this (Photo: Claas KGaA mbH)
(08.07.2020)Automated Load Management

KIT researchers develop adaptable human-machine interface for combine harvester.

(06.07.2020)Regional Dialogue on Sustainable Urban Mobility

KIT invites to a discussion on future urban design. The event will take place online as well as in the Reallabor 131.

The new DGX A100 computer systems are high-performance servers with eight NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs
(06.07.2020)Superfast AI System Installed at KIT

One of the most powerful AI computer systems in Europe now helps to solve humanity's problems.

(30.06.2020)2020 Schroff Scholarships Awarded to Highly Talented Students

Eleven KIT students received a scholarship from the Gunther Schroff Foundation for Scientific Purposes.

(26.06.2020)Dry Weather in Spring Intensifies Drought in Summer

International collaboration studies causes of drought. Land management to counteract heat waves.

Cyanobacteria as ethanol or hydrogen producers - natural gene transfer might help make this possible (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
(25.06.2020)Synthesis of Raw Materials by Gene Transfer

Cyanobacterium  can be used for fundamental research and biotechnical applications

Using an ocean floor seismometer, the researchers recorded the seismic signals in the Caribbean. (Photo: Andreas Rietbrock, KIT)
(25.06.2020)Plate Tectonics: How Water Causes Earthquakes and Volcanism

International research team studied relationships in the Lesser Antilles. Publication in Nature

(24.06.2020)Leadership and Social Interaction in Digital Teams

In the "teamIn" project, a scientifically founded and industrially tested model for digital working is being developed.

An e-learning module for training employees is part of the COVID-READY offer. ( Image: Hotel Resilient)
(22.06.2020)COVID-READY Supports Hotels during and after the Pandemic

Spin-off from KIT supports with its free offer and provides software and certification for hygiene and protection measures.

Due to the Corona Pandemic, the winter semester at KIT starts on November 2, 2020
(19.06.2020)Corona Virus: Winter Semester to Start Later

KIT plans adapted lecture times and examination phases. 2020/21 winter semester will start on November 02, 2020.

(16.06.2020)Top in Research and Knowledge Transfer

KIT is successful in the international U-Multirank and QS rankings.

Holger Hanselka, Präsident des KIT, im Interview zur Nationalen Wasserstoffstrategie
(15.06.2020)National Hydrogen Strategy

President Holger Hanselka in an interview about the role of hydrogen in the future energy system.

At the beginning of the 20th century bisons were almost extinct. In 2013, species conservationists have again settled a herd in the Rothaargebirge. (Photo: Timo Deible, Karlsruhe Zoo)
(12.06.2020)A Maximum of 20 per Year: A Clear Target for Species Protection

Scientists demand target to lower extinction rates, comparable to the principle used in climate protection.

(12.06.2020)High-tech Forum: Innovation Policy after the Corona Crisis

Forum outlines seven guidelines for new growth.

Open or not? The senders of phishing mails often pretend to be well-known service providers or colleagues. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
(09.06.2020)Phishing Campaigns and Their Pitfalls

Researchers analyze the effect of fake phishing mails to sensitize employees

With the help of augmented reality glasses, the digital assistant understands what the wearer sees. This enables machine and human to communicate in real time. (Photo: Tanja Meißner, KIT)
(08.06.2020)AI Supports Assembly

Digital assembly assistant enables contactless human/machine cooperation.

Der Sonderforschungsbereich/Transregio ELASTO-Q-MAT befasst sich mit Quantenmaterialien, deren Eigenschaften sich durch elastische Verformung entscheidend verändern lassen.
(05.06.2020)New Quantum Materials

Interactions between mechanical and electronic properties offer significant application potential.

Modelle sollen vorhersagen, wie sich ein Feuer im Wald unter den vorhandenen Bedingungen ausbreitet. (Foto: Gabi Zachmann, KIT)
(04.06.2020)Better Prepared for Forest Fires

Research project contributes to understanding the dynamics of forest fires and reducing the risk.

(03.06.2020)Kavli Prize for Pioneers of Electron Microscopy

Maximilian Haider, Harald Rose, Knut Urban and Ondrej Krivanek are awarded the Kavli Prize 2020

The reproduction rate R indicates how many people are infected by a person infected with corona on average. KIT researchers now want to estimate the number more accurately. (Photo: Lydia Albrecht, KIT)
(02.06.2020)Corona Virus: Reproduction Number Estimated More Precisely

KIT researchers develop a new method using a seven-day acausal filter to determine the R number.

When surfing the Internet, companies not only collect data on websites visited, but also on the time of visit or location information. (Picture: Amadeus Bramsiepe, Markus Breig, KIT)
(29.05.2020)Privacy in Website Tracking

Computer scientists of KIT and TU Dresden investigate how well generalization of tracking data hides traces on the internet.

(29.05.2020)KIT Involved in New CRC/Transregio

The German Research Foundation is establishing ten new Collaborative Research Centers. KIT is involved in one of them.

The Schwarzwaldhalle of the Messe Karlsruhe offers space for up to 249 examinees at the same time while maintaining the safety distance (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
(28.05.2020)Written Exams Take Place at KIT again

Collaboration with Messe Karlsruhe enables large groups of students resume postponed on-campus examinations.

(27.05.2020)Security in Email Traffic

KIT’s SECUSO research group has updated its add-on called TORPEDO. It helps detect fraudulent messages relating to SARS-CoV-2.

Die Messflugzeuge HALO und Falcon auf dem Rollfeld (Foto: DLR)
(27.05.2020)Pollutant Concentration during the Corona Pandemic

The BLUESKY project studies the effects of social and economic lockdown on the atmosphere.

The technology of the KIT start-up heliopas.ai helps farmers with artificial intelligence to make the right decisions - whether in irrigation, fertilization, or plant protection (installation: Dominic Hohlbaum).
(26.05.2020)Using AI to Save Water in Agriculture

The “Waterfox” smartphone app of KIT’s startup heliopas.ai helps farmers irrigate their fields more efficiently.

n the model plant Arabidopsis, chromosomes were reassembled for the first time with the help of the protein Cas9. (Figure: Angelina Schindele, KIT)
(25.05.2020)New Technology for Genome Modification

CRISPR/Cas revolutionizes plant breeding through targeted combination of traits.

Using an experimental tank, KIT scientists have investigated the effects of different environmental conditions on textile membrane storage systems. (Photo: Rosemarie Wagner, KIT)
(20.05.2020)New Solutions for Fabric Biogas Storage Systems

KIT researchers used a test plant to study how fabric biogas holders can be improved.

(19.05.2020)How Efficiently Do Photovoltaic Storage Systems Work?

Project "Testbench" improves quality of measurement results and facilitates comparison.

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(15.05.2020)Ethics Label for AI Technologies

The ethics label is visually similar to the energy efficiency label for electronic devices.

As of 2021, the Karlsruhe supercomputer (HoreKa) will be used to understand highly complex systems in many research areas. (Graphics: SCC/KIT)
(14.05.2020)KIT Procures New Supercomputer

“HoreKa” Hybrid System Expected to Be Among Ten Most Powerful Computers in Europe in 2021

A system developed at KIT checks the wear on machine tools fully automatically - and thus reduces downtimes. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT).
(14.05.2020)New Research Field at the KIT

Sustainable production: Enabling closed-loop recycling management systems in production processes.

The bacteria (green) are embedded in a composite material of carbon nanotubes (grey) and silica nanoparticles (purple) interwoven with DNA (blue). (Graphic: Niemeyer-Lab, KIT)
(13.05.2020)Bacteria as Power Suppliers

Programmable, biohybrid material system uses bacteria to generate electricity.

(12.05.2020)New Molecules for High-tech Materials

German Research Foundation funds work on sandwich complexes of Peter Roesky with a Reinhart Koselleck project.

Armin Grunwald
(12.05.2020)Grunwald in the Chair of the NBG

The members of the National Advisory Board (NBG) elected Armin Grunwald as the new Co-Chairman.

KIT and FZI scientists propose a privacy friendly app for digital tracking of possible infection chains. (Photo: Irina Westermann, KIT)
(07.05.2020)Privacy Friendly Corona Tracing App

KIT and FZI develop suggestion for a compromise of centralized and decentralized solution for more privacy.

(04.05.2020)Agile Production System for Electric Motors

Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics to fund KIT research project with about one million euros.

Using knowledge about biological systems to work ecologically: This is the basic idea of the bio-economy. (Photo: Gabi Zachmann, KIT)
(29.04.2020)Live Stream: Lecture Series on Bioeconomy

Colloquium Fundamentale focuses on challenges associated with sustainable, organic business management.

(28.04.2020)Data Protection for Corona Tracing Apps

Professor Thorsten Strufe and his team compared and investigated centralized and decentralized approaches.

(27.04.2020)KIT Remains Popular among HR Managers

KIT graduates continue to be highly valued by HR managers of medium-sized and large German companies.

(23.04.2020)KARA Supports Corona Research

The Karlsruhe Research Accelerator (KARA) is another infrastructure facility of KIT that conducts Corona-related research.

(21.04.2020)5G Test Environment in Karlsruhe

Focus on networked industry - research project addresses small and medium-sized enterprises.

Symboldbild: Stilisiertes Corona-Virus
(20.04.2020)Corona Pandemic: Research and Support Activities at KIT

KIT supports efforts to manage the Corona crisis by research and material contributions and scientific and technical services.

With its essential oils, mint keeps weeds at bay - the menthone it contains could be the basis for environmentally friendly bio-herbicides. (Photo: Jana Müller)
(15.04.2020)Mint Scent Inhibits the Growth of Weeds

New approach to sustainable weed control based on studies of biological communication between plants.

The production of a visor by 3D printing takes about three hours per piece. (Photo: wbk, KIT)
(14.04.2020)KIT Supports Hospitals in Karlsruhe with Protective Equipment

Corona aid: Masks and face shields are delivered to the municipal hospital and ViDia clinics, for example.

The particle accelerator experiment Belle II is on the search for the origins of the universe. (Photo: Felix Metzner, KIT)
(14.04.2020)In Search of the Z‘ Boson

KIT scientists are involved in the Belle II accelerator experiment, which has now published first results.

(14.04.2020)State Funds "Virtual Collaboration Laboratories" at KIT

Ministry of Science funds research into virtual- and augmented-reality learning and teaching concepts at universities.

In the BATTERY 2030+ project, robots are to work around the clock on new batteries and independently plan and evaluate new experiments with AI. (Photo: Daniel Messling, KIT)
(09.04.2020)Roadmap for Battery Research in Europe

The European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ presents its objectives - CELEST research platform involved.

Thanks to a tracking system, it is possible to trace routes and thus locate people better. (Photo: Robert Fuge, KIT)
(08.04.2020)Locating Rescue Teams in Emergency Situation

KIT researchers develop technology to locate injured or buried action forces - without GPS.

A KIT expert team works intensely to prepare the online teaching. (Photo: Magali Hauser, KIT)
(07.04.2020)Summer Semester Starts Online

The study courses at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will start on April 20, 2020 with digital-only offerings.

(01.04.2020)University Funding Agreement Signed

President Holger Hanselka: “We can now plan reliably for the next years.“

(01.04.2020)High-tech Forum: Ways to the Agile State

The Forum demands a general cultural change in public administration.

Peter Sanders (photo: Heidi Offterdinger, KIT)
(31.03.2020)Scalable Algorithms for Numerous Applications

The European Research Council has awarded an Advanced Grant to Peter Sanders‘ “ScAlBox“ project.

(30.03.2020)Working during the Pandemic

A compact handout helps companies that have to send their staff home to work from there.

Nach dem Vorbild des weißen Käfers Cyphochilus insulanus erzeugt ein nanostrukturierter Polymerfilm eine strahlend weiße Beschichtung. (Foto: Julia Syurik, KIT)
(30.03.2020)New Materials

Nanostructured polymer film achieves white appearance without the use of environmentally harmful titanium oxide - beetle armour as a model.

(27.03.2020)Corona Pandemic: Effects of the Crisis

Armin Grunwald, expert for technology assessment, on the social and technical effects of the crisis.

(25.03.2020)Geothermal Energy - Element for the Energy Turnaround

The Baden-Württemberg government wants to push the development of deep geothermal energy.

In der integrierten Versuchsanlage soll ein neuer Prozess zur Reduktion von CO2 in der Atmosphäre erprobt werden. (Foto: Moritz Leg)
(25.03.2020)From Greenhouse Gas to High-tech Raw Material

At KIT, a pilot plant will be built for the conversion of CO2 from ambient air into solid carbon.

Currently, Risklayer counts 32,024 cases of corona infections in Germany (as of March 24, 2020). (Picture: James Daniell, KIT/Risklayer)
(24.03.2020)Data Analysis: Spread of the Corona Virus

KIT and Risklayer collect current data on the development of the corona pandemic.

(23.03.2020)Start of Construction for the InformatiKOM

Klaus Tschira foundation to erect two institute buildings for Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Researchers cultivate plant cells in biochips to investigate the effect of different signalling substances on the cells. (Photo: Alexandra Wolf, KIT)
(17.03.2020)Plant Protection without Poison

A transnational network coordinated by KIT investigates chemical signals between pathogens and plants.

Key Visual mit Aufschrift: Händeschütteln? Lieber ein Lächeln schenken.
(12.03.2020)Corona Virus / Covid-19: Events at KIT Canceled

According to a decree of the State of Baden-Württemberg, no public meetings, conferences, or other gatherings and events are to take place until June 15, 2020 for the time being.

The experimental set-up: Aleppo pines were exposed to rising temperatures in highly technical plant chambers. (Photo: Plant Ecophysiology Lab, KIT)
(05.03.2020)Greenhouse Gas-induced Climate Change

Under extreme heat and drought, trees hardly benefit from an increased CO2 level.

(05.03.2020)Security and Privacy in Email Traffic

KIT computer scientist receives the “Google Faculty Research Award” for her research into link-centered phishing alerts for online email customers.

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(04.03.2020)Questions and Answers Relating to the Corona Virus

Updated FAQ: Organization of Written Examinations in the 2020 Summer Semester / Face-to-face Meetings and other Gatherings (As of July 14, 2020).

(04.03.2020)In Nine Subjects, KIT Is among the Top 100 in the World

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 – KIT ranks high in natural and engineering sciences.

York Sure-Vetter (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
(02.03.2020)York Sure-Vetter of KIT Is Appointed Director of the NFDI

FIZ Karlsruhe and KIT are to establish the Directorate of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI).

Automated identification and inventory of energy systems using the example of photovoltaic systems. (Illustration:  Google Maps/greenventory)
(24.02.2020)Data for Optimized Energy Systems

greenventory startup offers data and software for utilities, grid operators, cities, and municipalities.

Professor Fernando Puente León, Professor Hasso Plattner und Professor Holger Hanselka at the award ceremony (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
(17.02.2020)Hasso Plattner Receives Honorary Doctorate

The entrepreneur, donor, and patron visited the KIT for the ceremonial presentation of the certificate.

The AgiloBat research project develops a production system for the battery cell of the future: dynamic and flexibly adaptable to different shapes. (Graphic: wbk, KIT)
(17.02.2020)Flexible Manufacture of Battery Cells

Within the AgiloBat research project, KIT and partners work on future battery production in Germany.

The demonstration plant in Troia, Italy, combines a novel micro-reactor for methanation with an innovative liquefaction plant. The required CO2 is extracted from the ambient air (Photo: Domenico Grossi)
(11.02.2020)Innovative Power-to-Gas Technologies

Various processes for the production of synthetic natural gas from renewable electricity developed in the STORE&GO project.

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer (Foto, KIT)
(04.02.2020)Science Award of the Hector Foundation Goes to KIT Physicist

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer receives 150 000 Euros in prize money for his contributions to quantum computing.

Demonstration of the system developed at KIT for fully automatic wear control of ball screws using artificial intelligence. (Photo: KIT)
(03.02.2020)Using Artificial Intelligence to Service Machine Tools

Wear of ball screws can be monitored and evaluated by a KIT-developed intelligent system.

Dorothea Wagner (Foto: KIT)
(03.02.2020)Dorothea Wagner Is New Chairwoman of the Council of Science and Humanities

KIT computer scientist elected as head of Germany's most important research policy advisory board

Sport improves health. Excessive and compulsive exercise can, in extreme cases, lead to "sports addiction" - and can make people ill. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
(30.01.2020)Excessive Exercise in Eating Disorders

Psychological mechanisms revealed: Results provide important implications for prevention and therapy.

(29.01.2020)Corona Virus: Latest Recommendations

In line with the current situation, the KIT Medical Services are continuously updating information on the Corona virus.

The metamaterial printed with the new system consists of a complex three-dimensional grid structure on a micrometer scale. (Photo: Vincent Hahn, KIT)
(28.01.2020)Fastest High-precision 3D Printer

New 3D system prints structures of submicrometer precision at record speed.

Whether studies or training: At the Girlsʼ Day, KIT will provide information on career perspectives in the MINT subjects. (Photo: Magali Hauser, KIT)
(27.01.2020)Girls' Day 2020: Studies and Training at KIT

Information day for girls from grades five and higher with workshops, guided tours, and lectures – register now!

Tomorrow’s energy suppliers: Microalgae under the microscope. (Photo by: Markus Breig, KIT)
(23.01.2020)Science Year 2020 - Bioeconomy

KIT researchers work on new technologies to establish renewable resources as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Vision of a sustainable energy system with wind turbines, solar collectors, a grid storage and a hydrogen bus (Photomontage: Pascal Armbruster, KIT).
(22.01.2020)ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.

New event series of KIT provides information on the energy transition and energy research.

Wie sich gerade Städte auf extreme Wettersituationen vorbereiten können, ist eines der Themen bei der Veranstaltung im Karlsruher Rathaus. (Foto: Gabi Zachmann, KIT)
(21.01.2020)KIT at the City Hall: Cities and Weather Extremes

The KIT Climate and Environment Center will present its research.

Ethical standards in the textile industry such as environmentally friendly materials and fair working conditions are important to buyers - but often not as important as they themselves think - this is shown in a KIT study (Photo: Riccardo Prevete, KIT)
(16.01.2020)A Little Good Is Good Enough: Excuses for Consumption

KIT study shows that individual ethical improvements are sufficient to justify immoral behavior.

The Innovation Campus "Mobility of the Future" aims to provide a clearer picture of the innovations required for the mobility of the day after tomorrow. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
(13.01.2020)Production Technology for Sustainable Mobility

At the innovation  campus “Future Mobility,” KIT and Stuttgart University develop ideas and business models.