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The Responsible Society

From 22 to 24 February 2019, the 23rd Karlsruhe Dialogues will discuss the importance of responsibility in all aspects of collective life in these unstable times.

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To the registration for the opening event (22 February 2019)

To the registration for the reading (24 February 2019)

Europe’s Dilemma. New Challenges – more Responsibility?

In the winter term, the Colloquium Fundamentale deals with European challenges and social responsibility in the face of current multiple crises.

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KIT in the City Hall

On 23 January 2019 scientists of the KIT Center Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA) presented fascinating research on super accelerators.

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Teaser Science Dialogues
Science Dialogues

On 28 January 2019 the 5th ZAK Science Dialogues in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung dealt with “The true (product) digital identity".

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Teaser Haber
Focus on Fritz Haber: Lecture and Discussion (event in English)

100 years Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 150th anniversary: This was reason for a critical appraisal of the disputed chemist on 15 January 2019 with a lecture of the molecular physicist Prof. Bretislav Friedrich and a following panel discussion.

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Teaser Exil
Workshop Science in Exile

The Workshop „Threatened Researchers II: Science in Exile – Shared Responsibilities” took place on 6th December 2018. The workshop was designed for affected researchers, fellow academics, institutional and administrative employees of host institutions and the interested public.

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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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CYR Video
Working With Refugee Communities

In an interview with “In Place of War” (Anna Lindh Foundation) Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha talked about the role of arts and creativity in promoting integration and giving communities voice to tell their own stories.

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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

Read more about the ZAK.