Press Release 172/2011

Carl Benz Lecture on the Future of Education of Engineers

Speakers from Industry and Research Will Give an Outlook on Technologies and Mobility Concepts in the 21st Century
Carl Benz studierte am Karlsruher Polytechnikum – der Vorgängerin der späteren Universität Karlsruhe und des heutigen KIT (Foto: KIT-Archiv)
Carl Benz studied at the Karlsruhe Polytechnical School, predecessor of the later University of Karlsruhe and today’s KIT. (Photo: KIT archive)

Technological trends and their impacts on the education of engineers will be in the focus of the third Carl Benz Commemorative Lecture on Thursday, November 24, 16.00 hrs at the Tulla-Hörsaal (building 11.40, Englerstraße 11, KIT Campus South). The lecture event of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is named after Carl Benz, who filed the patent application for his motor vehicle 125 years ago and thus became the pioneer of automotive industry. Journalists are cordially invited.

Globalization of research and development will be in the focus of the guest lecture by Professor Dr. Eike Böhm, Head of Product Innovations and Process Technologies in Corporate Research and Pre-Development of Daimler AG. Dr. Elmar Degenhart, CEO of Continental AG will talk about the “Networked New Car World”. The Carl Benz Commemorative Lecture is organized by the KIT Mobility Systems Center. Its latest research results will be presented by the Scientific Spokesman Professor Dr. Frank Gauterin. The event will take place under the auspices of Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG.

Program of the Carl Benz Commemorative Lecture

Welcome Address
Professor Dr. Eberhard Umbach
President of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Globalization of Research and Development – Facts and Trends of Today and Requirements on Tomorrow’s Engineers
Professor Dr. Eike Böhm, Head of Product Innovations and Process Technologies in Corporate Research and Pre-Development, Daimler AG

”Networked New Car World – Inventing Tomorrow’s Mobility Today”
Dr. Elmar Degenhart, CEO of Continental AG

Research, Teaching, and Innovation at the KIT Mobility Systems Center
Professor Dr. Frank Gauterin
Scientific Spokesman of the KIT Mobility Systems Center


The Mobility Systems Center pools KIT activities relating to vehicle technology. Presently, 40 KIT institutes with about 800 employees are working on methodological and technical fundamentals for tomorrow’s vehicles. It is their objective to develop concepts, technologies, methods, and processes for future mobility considering the complex interactions of vehicle, driver, traffic, and society.


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 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 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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