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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is an academic research and education institution resulting from a merger of the university (Universität Karlsruhe (TH)) and the research center (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe). It is located in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany (Campus South) and near the Village of Leopoldshafen just outside the city borders (Campus North). The university was also known as Fridericiana and was founded in 1825. In 2009, it merged with the former national nuclear research center founded in 1956 as the Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe (KfK). As one of nine German Excellence Universities, the KIT is one of the leading technical universities in Germany, ranking 6th in Europe in terms of scientific impact.

Campus North (former Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe)

The Campus North the former Forschungszentrum was founded in 1956 as Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe (KfK) (Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Centre). Initial activities concentrated around the Forschungsreaktor 2 (FR2), the first nuclear reactor built by Germany. With the decline of nuclear energy activities in Germany, Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe directed its work increasingly towards alternative areas of basic and applied sciences. This change is reflected in the change of name from Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe to Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe.

The Campus North is the site of the main German national nuclear engineering research centre and the Institute for Transuranium Elements. Also present on the site is a nanotechnology research centre and the neutrino experiment KATRIN.

The KIT Energy Center comprises some 40 institutes of the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and 18 large institutes of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe with, at present, a total of approx. 1100 staff members. Technical and scientific coordination and strategic planning of the Center are the responsibilities of a Scientific Steering Committee. An International Advisory Council accompanies the further strategic development of the Center.
The participating institutes and research groups are the operating research units. By combining topics, establishing interdisciplinary cooperation among scientists, and making joint use of sophisticated equipment and facilities, the KIT Energy Center generates a new quality of research and teaching. An interdisciplinary KIT School of Energy establishes ideal framework conditions for teaching. For external partners from industry, the KIT Center develops solutions in energy technology from a single source. Moreover, it acts as a highly valuable consultancy institution for politics, business, and society in all questions of energy.

KIT has one of the world’s leading fusion laboratories along with the best equipment for studying and developing fusion technology. This includes the TOSKA low-temperature test facility for superconducting magnet coils and other technical components. The Karlsruhe Tritium Laboratory offers an infrastructure unique in Europe..

KIT develops indispensable technical components for nuclear fusion: superconducting magnet coils, microwave heater systems (gyrotrons), blankets for producing the tritium fuel and for energy extraction, and divertors for removing the helium “ash” and unspent fuel. In addition, there are developments of high-performance materials and components for the fuel cycle. Fusion research at KIT is part of a variety of international and European large-scale projects: ITER, a large facility for testing technologies for nuclear fusion, is currently under construction in the south of France. At the same time, preparatory work is being conducted on the DEMO prototype power plant.

The Center for Advanced Technological and Environmental Training (FTU)

The Center for Advanced Technological and Environmental Training (FTU) is a Department of KIT Campus North entrusted with the organization and performance of advanced training. The courses, seminars and laboratory sessions offered by FTU to participants with different backgrounds from science, industry, and public administration, but also to the public at large, are based to an essential part on the scientific and technical knowledge of the Research Center. Another basis is the intensive co-operation with research institutions, industry, universities and relevant authorities as to guarantee that the curriculum always reflects the latest state of the art.
FTU was originally founded to satisfy the urging need for training science and industry in the fields of reactor physics, nuclear technology, radiation protection, and radiochemistry. As the activities of the Research Center changed, so did the curricula of FTU. At present, an increasingly more important role is being played by topics such as environmental protection, new technologies, international transfer of know-how, and broad dissemination of information.
The scope and the volume of training and advanced training is a function of external requirements. In-house advanced education is just as important a precondition of successful research and development and efficient operation of the KIT. In both lines of continued training more than 400 courses are annually performed, with more than two thirds of the approximately 8000 participants coming from outside. Modern classrooms and laboratories equipped with the latest technology contribute to the success of FTU’s teaching efforts, as does the pleasant working environment.

Main Activities are:

  • Radiation Protection and Nuclear Engineering
  • Environmental Protection and New Technologies
  • Dissemination of Information and Opinion Forming
  • International Transfer of Know-how
  • In-house Advanced Training.

Services provided at the Campus North

Kantine, Cafeteria, Self-Service-Shop

Lunch is available in the Kantine located just outside the Campus North entrance gates and opposite the FTU. If you do not want to participate in our common lunch, there is normally a choice of three different dishes, one of them being vegetarian. The price differs according to the dishes offered. The opening times are as follows:
Monday-Friday 11.40-13.15

There is also a cafeteria in the Kantine building which sells fast food. The opening times are as follows:
Monday-Friday 07.30-13.40, 14.45-20.00

A self-service shop is located in the same building. It is open daily as shown below:
Monday-Friday 07.00-10.00, 11.45-14.45


The "Badische Beamtenbank" is situated on the premises of Campus North next to the Kantine building, in the so-called ROTUNDE. The opening times are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday 09.00-13.00, 14:00-16.00
Tuesday 09.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00
Friday 08.30-14.00

"DER"-Travel Agency

The travel agency is also located in the ROTUNDE next to the Kantine. The opening times are as follows:
Monday-Thursday 08.30-13.00, 13.30-17.00
Friday 08.00-13.00, 13.30-16.00


Public telephones (pay phones, for coins) are located on the upper floor of the FTU building and in the entrance to the Kantine.


There are various sports groups at FZK. These include badminton, football, karate, gymnastics, swimming, table tennis, diving, tennis and volleyball.


For the participants of the Summer School courses run by FTU, there are the following possibilities to reach FTU:
Tram lines S1/S11 from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (Central Railway Station) in the direction of Leopoldshafen/Hochstetten:

  • Trams operate at 20 minute intervall. Travelling time approximately 40 minutes.
    At Leopoldstraße in Leopoldshafen change to bus no.195 which goes directly to "Campus Nord Südtor" (main entrance gate) opposite to the FTU.
  • KIT-Shuttle - A direct bus transfer between Campus South and Campus North.
    The bus leaves at Campus North at xx.00 and at Campus South at xx.30 . Travelling time approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

Medical Department

The Medical Department is located near the southern entrance of Campus North. In case you need medical treatment, please ask the Course Staff for assistance.

KIT Library North

The KIT Library North has its focus an scientific literature. It is locateted inside the Campus North

The opening times are:
Monday-Thursday 8.00-18.30
Friday 8.00-16.00