Innovation Policy
Colloquium Fundamentale

In the Colloquium Fundamentale on 28 June 2022 Prof. Dr. Jakob Edler, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, talks about Innovation Policy.

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KIT in the City Hall

On Monday 18 July 2022 at 6:30 p.m. the KIT Center Humans and Technology will present its research on the topic “Shaping Change”.

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Wissenschaftsfreiheit in autoritären Regimen. Das Beispiel der Volksrepublik China.
Colloquium Fundamentale

On 12 May 2022 Dr. Alexandra Kaiser spoke in this summer semester’s Colloquium Fundamentale about societal benefit of research, political influence, and the freedom of science in China.

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Energy transition for everyone

On 28 March 2022 the opening of the Sustainability Spring Days took place. Due to illness, the keynote was not given by Prof. Dr. Tilman Santarius but by Prof. Dr. Paula Bögel who spoke about „Energy transition for everyone – premises from a psychological perspective“.

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Sustainability Spring Days

The Sustainability Spring Days at KIT took place from 28th to 31st March 2022. The Spring Days included workshops, excursions, fair of opportunities and keynote speech.

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Swenja Zaremba selected as Thomas Mann Fellow 2022

We are proud to announce that ZAK’s research associate Swenja Zaremba has been selected as one out of five fellows of the Thomas Mann House 2022!
During her fellowship in Los Angeles she would like to show in a case study the transformative potential the method of community organizing can have for civil society networks and what the method possibly can contribute to local democracy.

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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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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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