CAU presents cutting-edge research, ideas and technology from Schleswig-Holstein
Kiel University (CAU) is currently working at top speed to prepare for the new excellence strategy agreed upon by the German federal and state governments. The excellence strategy is aimed at promoting world-class university research in Germany, and will provide annual funding totalling 533 million Euros from 2018 onwards. From 24 to 28 April 2017 Kiel University will present its research concepts at the Hannover Messe in Hall 2 (Research & Technology).
In addition to the four research foci, the emphasis lies on knowledge transfer, patents and start-up initiatives. Examples of excellent individual research will be given to complement the presentation. Events on various special topics, and a stand for Kiel’s partner university Posen are also planned. Poland is the partner country of the 2017 trade fair.
Kiel University’s president, Professor Lutz Kipp, explained the initiative: “As the flagship of cutting-edge research in the real north, we want to enter into dialogue with politics and business about good framework conditions for science and for technology transfer, at the world's leading industrial show.”
Discussions will therefore be held on two topic evenings with experts on “cutting-edge research as an innovation driver in Germany” as well as “digitalisation in science and industry”. The podium discussions will be chaired by the business editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Heike Schmoll.
Professor Kipp encouraged business people, researchers and all those interested, from Schleswig-Holstein and beyond, to visit the CAU stand at the Hannover Messe. Details about the programme will follow over the coming weeks.
In connection with Kiel University’s application for funding as part of the excellence strategy, Kipp praised the early commitment from the state of Schleswig-Holstein to support four initiatives from Kiel: “We are grateful to the state for this early demonstration of faith in our scientific strengths, and those of our partner institutions. This clear support is very encouraging for our scientists to invest all their creativity and conceptional strengths in the coming weeks and months, when formulating their applications.”
With up to 200 applications anticipated, and only 45 to 50 likely to be approved, the president emphasised that the competition is tough. However, he remains confident: “It is like a mission to Mars. Huge successes are possible. What we are able to plan and influence, we do. However, when it comes down to it, it isn’t only up to us.”
Dr. Boris Pawlowski | Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
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