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Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”


Understanding the ocean — sustaining our future.

The ocean. It covers more than two thirds of our planet. Even so, we know more about the surface of the moon than about the depths of the seas. This, in spite of the fact that mankind’s future lies in the world’s seas. They will determine the climate of tomorrow across the entire globe – and are already suffering from the advance of global warming. New raw materials and energy sources can be found on the seafloor – how can we exploit them? Many marine organisms may harbour the secrets to cures for diseases – if they are still around tomorrow.

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Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology


Research and Production at one Location.

Fraunhofer ISIT in Itzehoe is one of Europe’s most modern research facilities for microelectronics and microsystems technology. The heart of the institute is the 3,000 m² cleanroom, big enough to operate not only research projects but also to produce the developed microchips in industrial scale. 150 scientists develop at ISIT in close cooperation with industrial partners power electronic components and microsystems, with fine movable structures for sensors (pressure, movement, biochemical analysis, etc.) and actuators (valves, scanners, micromirrors etc.) including the necessary electronics. These miniaturized components are used in medicine, in the environment – and traffic engineering, communication technology, automotive industry and mechanical engineering.

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Cluster of Excellence in Inflammation Research


Excellent Science for New Therapies.

Chronic inflammmation, triggered by dysfunctions on the boundary surfaces of the body’s organs and their interaction with the environment, represents a central challenge for modern medicine. It is considered to be the cause of many chronic diseases, which have been steadily increasing in recent decades – especially in western industrialized countries.
The goal of the Cluster of Excellence in Inflammation Research is to decode the molecular basis of chronic inflammatory diseases, as well as the complete identification of metabolic and signaling pathways as an approach to therapies and prevention.
The unforeseen complexity and the breadth of possible triggers of inflammatory diseases require new scientific structures and practices. In the Excellence Cluster, key elements of the origins of inflammation will be examined in detail on genetic, genomic and functional levels.
The cluster is a joint venture of Kiel University and the University of Lübeck, together with the Schleswig-Holstein University Medical Center, the Leibniz Research Center Borstel, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, and the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel.

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The MEDIENDOM at the University of Applied Sciences, Kiel


The Future Is Calling!

360° film productions from Kiel have been internationally acclaimed and are being performed in digital planetaria all around the world. In the dome of the Mediendom you will experience science in an entertaining and spectacular way.
You can embark on a fascinating journey into the times of the natural scientist Charles Darwin, or through deep space. Accompany your children into a fairy tale adventure or the world of the polar bears in the arctic! Dive into overwhelming computer generated films with the music of Pink Floyd or U2! Travel to the imaginary roller coasters of a gigantic interplanetary theme park! Welcome to our breathtaking fantastic worlds!

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