Welcome to ZAK!

Our core topic is the exchange between science and society in teaching, public events and research. The teaching and research of a university of excellence such as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) potentially contributes to overcoming major social and global challenges. For this to succeed, it is important that science and society are in dialogue. As central scientific unit at KIT, we contribute to the following activities:

  • In teaching, students acquire interdisciplinary knowledge, key competences and knowledge outside their own subject boundaries. The General Studies as well as in-depth study programmes provide orientation for one’s studies and society. Our teaching prepares students for successful action in their later professional life at the interfaces between science, economy, politics and the public.

  • In events for the public, we take up socially relevant debates on the environment, technology and science and reflect on the consequences of scientific action. We also ask how the exchange between science and society can succeed and how it should be shaped in liberal democracies.

  • In our research, we deal with the dynamics of public debates on science, technology and sustainability based on social science research methods.


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Truth in Court

In the Colloquium Fundamentale on Thursday, 11th May 2023 at 6:30 p.m. the former presiding judge at the Federal Supreme Court, Prof. Dr. Thomas Fischer, will speak on the topic of "Truth in Court."  

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KIT in the City Hall

On Monday 3 July 2023 at 6:30 p.m. the KIT Centre Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA) presents its research on the topic „The universe and us – how basic research impacts our everyday life“ in Karlsruhe’s city hall.

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Summer Term 2023
Summer Term 2023

The course catalogue for the summer term 2023 is online. The registration for the courses is now possible via the Campus Plus portal!

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Spring Academy Sustainability

The Spring Academy Sustainability from 27th – 30th March 2023 revolved around the question "What is sustainable agriculture?". The project days included workshops, excursions, forum, panel discussion and keynote speech.

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You can find an overview of the past activities in our timeline.

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About us

ZAK is a central academic unit at KIT based on three pillars: research, studies and public science.

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