Press Release 086/2019

Successful Open Day at KIT

9,000 Visitors Experience Exciting Research on Campus East in Soaring Temperatures
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Hands-on science: demonstrator vehicles and more on Campus East; Professor Holger Hanselka on the left in the picture (photo: Markus Breig, KIT)

Self-learning tractors, synthetic CO2-neutral fuels, new technologies for e-mobility, and innovative vehicle and traffic systems. Add to that a knowledge rally for children and a first-rate stage program. All this was part of the Open Day at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on Saturday, June 29, 2019 which also marked the beginning of this year’s EFFEKTE science festival in Karlsruhe. 9,000 visitors delved into the exciting world of science on Campus East in interactive activities, lectures and demonstrations.


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“I’m very happy about how much interest the people from and around Karlsruhe have shown, coming to our open day despite the soaring temperatures. Days like these also offer wonderful opportunities for us to present our research and have some interesting discussions with many local people,” says the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka.

“To achieve this, the KIT employees and students set up an extremely varied and exciting program with their interactive activities, demonstrations and exhibits. I’m very proud that we were able to convey the exciting world of our research so well.”


Präsident Hanselka am Institut für Fahrzeugsystemtechnik  (Foto: Gabi Zachmann, KIT)
Präsident Hanselka am Institut für Fahrzeugsystemtechnik (Foto: Gabi Zachmann, KIT)

The focus of this year's event was the broad subject of mobility with numerous vehicle-related technical facilities such as test stations and research halls on KIT Campus East which is located in the vicinity of the Baden-Württemberg Test Center for Autonomous Driving. Among other things, there were demonstrations on the state-of-the-art test stations for rail sensors and machinery as well as on a chassis dynamometer. The students of the KA-RaceIng team demonstrated their racing cars, and at the booth of the Kamaro university group there were self-driving model robots for use in agriculture on show, pulling in the crowds, as did the presentation of renewable fuels from the reFuels research project.


But the scientists of KIT also showcased exciting current projects far beyond the issue of mobility, ranging from robot technologies and new materials to the Energy Lab 2.0. There was also lots on offer for children including the traditional knowledge rally and numerous interactive experiments.


The different activities of the student groups and many other KIT institutions as well as their partners and sponsors also offered plenty of variety and information. In the buildings and the info tents on Campus East, KIT presented itself as an attractive place of study and employment.


In the afternoon, President Professor Holger Hanselka officially kicked off the EFFEKTE science festival together with Karlsruhe mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup, where numerous Karlsruhe research institutions are presenting hands-on science. “In Karlsruhe, KI not only stands for ‘Künstliche Intelligenz’ (Artificial Intelligence). Because the fan-shaped city of Karlsruhe has much more to offer in science, as the Open Day at KIT impressively showed. So KI also stands for ‘Karlsruhe Innovations’. The EFFEKTE science festival taking place the next nine days is therefore all about scientific innovations from the fan-shaped city,” says mayor Mentrup.


Colorful stage program

Variety is also the theme on the stage, with the shows of Austrian science cabaret artists Science Busters and TV stand-up comedian Bernhard Hoëcker continuing into the evening after the opening of the festival.


Karlsruhe Unifest 2019

Alongside the Open Day, Unifest organized by KIT students will run on Campus South. On several stages around the Altes Stadion, live bands and DJs will be serving up a fantastic party atmosphere. 


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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 10,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,800 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.

kki-le, 29.06.2019

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