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Sustainability Spring Days

The Sustainability Spring Days at KIT will be held from 28th ­­­to 31st of March 2022. The Spring Days include workshops, excursions, fair of opportunities and keynote speech. The registration is now open.

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Colloquium Fundamentale

On 28 October 2021 the Colloquium Fundamentale “Science in Politics. On the potentials and problems of a complex relationship” starts with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Senja Post on the subject of "Politicized debates about the environment, technology and science".

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Apply now for Femtec!

Female students with subjects in STEM can apply online for the Femtec.Career-Building Programme until 7th November 2021. An online information event on Wednesday, 27th October 2021 will provide further details of the programme as well as personal insights of the scholarship holders.

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ZAK Talks at KIT Science Week

At the final weekend (9/10 October 2021) of the first KIT Science Week, the ZAK Talks adressed the topic AI with a public symposium and a matinee at IHK Karlsruhe, an ARTE Film Night at ZKM Karlsruhe as well as a reading at Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

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Anthology about future work

In the publication "Future Work - The work of the day after tomorrow. 15 short stories from the future", which was produced as part of the BMBF research project FutureWork, science fiction authors write about the working environment at the beginning of the 22nd century. The anthology is available now.

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Winter Semester at ZAK

Registration for the ZAK courses of the winter semester 2021/22 is possible from Monday, October 4 2022, 12 p.m. on the ZAK Course Registration page.

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Civic engagement abroad

The application for the seminar "En route!" Become a global citizen through cross-border Service-Learning is still possible until Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 12:00 CET!

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The Critical Stage

In the new article in ZAK’s ongoing online publication, the writer and scholar Kareem James Abu-Zeid, PhD, provides a brief overview of political life in the US in 2021, highlighting major tensions, paradoxes, and developments, and speculating on what might lie ahead, in the light of Trumpism and its ongoing aftershocks.

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ZAK: Science meets society

As responsible corporate institutions, research universities experience new challenges: they are expected to provide innovative and 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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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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