Teaching, learning, and research at a high level on the campus in the city centre and at the Schlosspark

The KIT-Department BGU takes a holistic approach to understanding, protecting, using, and sustainably shaping the environment as the basis of our lives in teaching, research, and innovations.

In this context, the geosciences and environmental sciences work closely together with the civil engineering sciences. Thus, the department makes an essential contribution to living in an attractive environment also in the future.

Please note that the dates in this calendar are not updated daily and all information is without guarantee. It is possible that dates are changed at short notice without us becoming aware of this. We therefore recommend that you check the information on the websites of the facilities concerned.


QS World University Ranking: Excellent Results for KIT

In the 2024 edition of the QS University Rankings by Subject, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is in 46th place worldwide in natural sciences and in 48th place in engineering sciences. In Germany, KIT is ranked 3rd in both subject areas. The QS World University Rankings by Subject rank universities by subject in 5 areas. Overall, KIT is among the best 100 universities worldwide in 15 subjects. Of all German universities, KIT is ranked highest in environmental sciences, chemical engineering, and petroleum engineering. 

The subjects of geophysics (Ranking group 51 – 100), geology (Ranking group 51 – 100),  environmental sciences (Place 65), and earth and marine sciences (Ranking group 51 – 100) reached the top 100 worldwide. Of all German universities, KIT is ranked in 1st place in environmental sciences and in 2nd place in geology and earth and marine sciences. 

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Department Teaching Award 2024 - winners from the Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences

Dr.-Ing. Michael Mayer and Dr. rer.nat. Malte Westerhaus from the KIT Department BGU were awarded the Department Teaching Prize 2024.

With the Department Teaching Awards, the KIT Presidential Board honors individuals, working groups and organizational units from the eleven KIT departments whose courses have distinguished themselves through research- and application-oriented teaching modules, through new forms of teaching and learning, through a special degree of interdisciplinarity or through the special topicality of the specialist knowledge imparted.


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Efficient building: Wood meets steel

The construction sector is one of the biggest CO2 emitters in Germany. As a renewable building material, wood can help to replace conventional CO2-intensive raw materials. However, very large component cross-sections are usually required to construct large timber buildings. In the "HoStaBau" project, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now combined wood with steel. In this way, the required cross-sections could be significantly reduced and the materials wood and steel could be used synergistically and efficiently according to their respective advantageous properties.

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Order of Merit for Almut Arneth

Professor Dr. Almut Arneth, internationally renowned ecosystem researcher at KIT's Campus Alpin, was one of 22 people honored with the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg by Minister President Kretschmann.

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