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.
In the winter semester 2023/24, experts will examine the distribution, use and impact of political information in the digital age in the lecture series Colloquium Fundamentale.Further Information
Vital impulses for research and teaching: On October 15, cognitive psychologist Dr. Helen Fischer assumes the second guest professorship "Science and Society" at ZAK.Further information
At the final weekend (14/15 October 2023) of the KIT Science Week, the ZAK Talks will discussed the role of science, politics and journalism in sustainability debates.Further information
On 3 July 2023 the KIT Centre Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA) presented its research on the topic „The universe and us – how basic research impacts our everyday life“ in Karlsruhe’s city hall.Further information