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DenkRaum: a dynamic Kiel University interface.

In DenkRaum, six postdoctoral fellows will transcend the boundaries of their individual research by collaborating with colleagues from other disciplines and with experts from society, industry and politics, to address key future issues. DenkRaum is Kiel University’s Young Academy, a think tank and an incubator for new research topics.  DenkRaum offers its fellows the freedom to jointly explore societal challenges and serves as a platform for their innovative projects.

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November 15, 2020

The DenkRaum Fellowships 2021-2023 have been awarded. Dr. Viktoria Bachmann (Philosophy), Dr. Annika Hanert (Psychology), Dr. Jonas Hein (Geography), Dr. Julia Kroh (Business Administration) and Dr. Sören Weißermel (Geography) will take up their work in the DenkRaum "Urban Design" in early January 2021.


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August 31, 2020

The call for DenkRaum Fellowships has been extended! The new deadline for applications is September 13, 2020.


Please submit your application for a DenkRaum Fellowship via email to by September 13, 2020.


August 3, 2020

Call for DenkRaum Fellowships is open! Apply for a Kiel University DenkRaum Fellowship until September 6, 2020.

Kiel’s University Board is issuing a call for six DenkRaum Fellowships on the theme of Urban Design. The Shape and Shaping of Cities in the Past, Present and Future. DenkRaum Fellowships promote six excellent young researchers from various disciplines for two years. Postdoctoral researchers from all faculties, priority research areas and Clusters of Excellence of Kiel University are eligible to apply for a Fellowship until September 6, 2020.


June 29, 2020

The DenkRaum Theme 2020-2022 has been elected!

Urban Design. Gestalt und Gestaltung der Städte in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft, sponsored by Prof. Dr. Annette Haug (Classical Studies / Classical Archaeology), will be Kiel University’s first DenkRaum Theme

The response to the call for DenkRaum themes has far exceeded expectations. A total of 15 postdocs and six professors have submitted wide ranging topics of societal relevance that offer exciting possibilities for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work in the DenkRaum. The selection committee blindly reviewed the 21 theme proposals from six Faculties of Kiel University (i.e. without knowing who handed in the proposals) and shortlisted three, which were submitted to the Standing Committee for Research for the final decision:

  1. Urban Design. Gestalt und Gestaltung der Städte in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft submitted by Prof. Dr. Annette Haug (Classical Studies / Classical Archaeology)
  2. Künstliche Intelligenz natürlich intelligent nutzen! submitted by Dr. Christian Dirk Wiesner (Psychology)
  3. Blühende Agrarwüsten?! – Neue Wege für unsere Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Gesellschaft submitted by Dr. Katja Kuhwald und Dr. Michael Kuhwald (Geography)

On June 19, proposers of the three themes presented their ideas to the members of the Standing Committee for Research and answered their questions. The committee elected Urban Design. Gestalt und Gestaltung der Städte in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft, proposed by Prof. Dr. Annette Haug, as the DenkRaum Theme 2020-2022. In the course of July, a call for six DenkRaum Fellowships on this topic will be published in cooperation with the topic sponsor. Postdocs and from all faculties of Kiel University and its Clusters of Excellence will be invited to apply.


May 20, 2020

The deadline for the submission of DenkRaum themes has been extended.
The new deadline is June 7, 2020.


Due to the continuing additional burden on researchers and university teachers caused by the Corona pandemic the Wissenschaftscommission, Kiel University’s standing committee for research, has extended the call for proposals for a DenkRaum theme. Please submit the theme you propose by June 7, 2020. For this you should fill in the form "Theme Profile" and submit it via email to

All of Kiel University’s postdoctoral researchers and professors are invited to propose a theme for DenkRaum. If there is an overarching topic close to your heart – an issue requiring a free, creative, cross-disciplinary approach, which needs to be discussed with experts and stakeholders outside the university – then submit  it as a central DenkRaum theme and become a Theme Sponsor!

Call: Become a Theme Sponsor for Kiel University’s DenkRaum