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The future of our work is uncertain? With the BMBF project FutureWork, ZAK is breaking new ground to change this. Human Factors and Ergonomics, Futurology and Science Fiction are working together on new future scenarios.

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WIKA-Workshop 2019 - The Role of Civil Society in Cultural Relations

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) and the ZAK organise a workshop on "The Role of Civil Society in Cultural Relations" on Thursday, 26 September 2019 within the framework of the Academic Council on Culture and Foreign Policy at the ifa (WIKA, Wissenschaftlicher Intitiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik). The workshop takes place in the WeltRaum at the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in Stuttgart.

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KIT in the City Hall

On 4 June 2019, the KIT Center Materials presented to the public its top-level research in material science as well as the associated development of technologies.

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International Forum on bioethics in China and worldwide

On 27 May 2019 PD Dr. Ole Döring spoke on the topic „Genetic experiments on humans in China: Who owns the ethical problem?”.

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Teaser Erasmus Online Debatte
EUROMED Competition 2019

As part of the Erasmus + Virtual Exchange Program: Intercultural Online Debates, the EUROMED Competition will take place from 26th to 30th August 2019. Participants from the Euromediteran area are debating online.

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A.I. & Speech: A Silent Anthropomorphism?

While current speech assistants such as Alexa, Bixby, or Siri still feel far from fiction such as in Knight Rider, Iron Man, Her, or Ex Machina, Prof. mult. Dr. Björn W. Schuller revealed on 27 June 2019, how – largely unnoticed – “deep” neural networks already learnt to speak, and to show artificial emotional and social intelligence in their reaction in a dialogue, for example, to appear more charismatic or empathic.

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A new volume published

The volume “NationEUropa.The Polarised Solidarity Community” deals with the pressures in Europe and the consequences for the global community and democracy. Moreover the authors try to illustrate ways out of the existential crisis of Europe.

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KI Science Film Festival

On the occasion of the Science Year 2019 - Artificial Intelligence, ZAK was proud to present an international Film Festival on Artificial Intelligence (KI in German). From 3-5 July 2019 the 12 film finalists were shown and the KI Science Film Award was announced.

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ZAK: Science meets society

As responsible corporate institutions, research universities experience new challenges: they are expected to provide innovative an highly specialised new and robust knowledge; unintended social and cultural effects are to be adequately anticipated; and both scientific communities and the broader public are to be involved in communication processes. Read more

A Concise Profile

The ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies aims at interdisciplinarity. It contributes to communicate between the sciences and the humanities and mediates between science and society by means of specific projects on the basis of the university’s concept of structure and development.

Tasks and Goals:

  • Promoting interdisciplinary teaching at the university and the dissemination of knowledge following the tradition of the Liberal Arts
  • Facilitating student education in career-relevant key qualifications
  • Developing and offering innovative teaching and learning modules for interdisciplinary education
  • Intensifying the dialogue between different academics in the area of social impact and cultural change
  • Developing and organizing events intending to intensify the exchange between science and society
  • Researching framework requirements and megatrends in the range of competence acquirement from the perspective of cultural studies

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