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Prof. Dr. Markus Lehmkuhl (Institute of Science Communication)

Prof. Dr. Marcus Popplow (Institute of History)

Prof. Dr. Christian Seidel (Institute of Philosophy)



Prof. Dr. Christian Seidel


Managing Director

Dr. Alexandra Hausstein

Institute of Technology Futures
Douglasstraße 24, 3rd Floor
Room: 405
D-76133 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-42045
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Discussion Paper: “The extension of the innovation course” - by Dr. Alexandra Hausstein and Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald


The first Discussion Paper "The extension of the innovation course" (German) can be downloaded for free on the Homepage of ITZ and also on the Page of the KIT-Library(PDF-Reader required).


Dr. Alexandra Hausstein und Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald


"The extension of the innovation discourse" (German)


Discussion Paper of the Institut of Technology Futures

Nr. 01 | Dezember 2015

KIT, Karlsruhe 

Discussion Paper in the KIT Library 

ISSN: 2366-553X





2015 State Teaching Award for Two Professors of KIT Biology Meets Ethics: Interactive Courses Enhance Students’ Active Interdisciplinary Discussion


Winners of the 2015 State Teaching Award: Peter Nick (left) and Mathias Gutmann (right) of KIT. (Photo: Manuel Balzerk/KIT)​

Discussing and finding solutions across the borders of disciplines: This is what biologist Peter Nick and philosopher Mathias Gutmann ask their students to do in their interactive courses held at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). For their innovative concept that bridges the gap between technology, biology, and philosophy and between science and application in everyday life, the two scientists are granted the 2015 State Teaching Award. The award in the amount of EUR 50,000 is handed over to Peter Nick and Mathias Gutmann today by the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science, Theresia Bauer, in Stuttgart.

“Today, attention focuses on those who want to promote young people’s enthusiasm for the knowledge of the world. The award winners show which outstanding models and beacon projects of education we have in our state. I congratulate them cordially,” Minister Theresia Bauer says on the occasion of the State Teaching Awards ceremony in Stuttgart.

“In an increasingly interconnected world full of mutual dependencies, importance of interdisciplinary dialog in science increases,” the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka, says. “Everybody knows that solutions to cope with challenges of society mostly also have a social and an ethic dimension. Hence, it is the task of universities to convey sensitivity for the different views during education already. In both courses winning the 2015 State Teaching Award, natural sciences and humanities meet to interact.”

“Studying is much more than qualification in a certain realm. It means thinking out of the box, acquiring social and communicative skills, and further developing one’s own personality,” KIT Vice President, Professor Alexander Wanner, emphasizes. “The joint courses of Professors Nick and Gutmann bring these aspects together in an ideal manner and encourage students to actively discuss across borders of disciplines.”

Peter Nick and Mathias Gutmann, a biologist and a philosopher, have jointly developed courses for studies of biology. Their main concern is to encourage students to think and reflect and to communicate about moral aspects of biology and technology. “The more our world is in interconnected, the more important is the skill to understand and to integrate other perspectives. This can be done best by inter- and transdisciplinary dialog,” both prize winners say. Above all, they want to make available the time for exchanging ideas and information , thus allowing for the joint development of new findings.

Both scientists also lecture in a team in the courses of “Modellbildung und Ethik in der Biologie” (modeling and ethics in biology) and “Wie evolvieren biologische Theorien” (how do biological theories evolve). Here, students can experience various perspectives and ways of speaking as well as their “translations” into the other discipline. A short keynote by one of the lecturers is followed by a group discussion. The concept of integrating topics into the research routine of biology meets with the positive response of students. According to KIT students of chemistry and biosciences, who proposed Peter Nick and Mathias Gutmann for the 2015 State Teaching Award, the lecturers have succeeded in demonstrating that science does not only exist at the laboratory or library, but that knowledge learned is also used in everyday life and may open up new perspectives on ethic and moral aspects. In the opinion of the students, this way of lecturing differs from other courses. The frequently existing lecturer/audience style is reduced and discourse as a means of learning and developing is moved into the focus.

Both professors plan to extend their teaching concept and open it to other subject areas. The prize money associated with the State Teaching Award will be used for the establishment of an academy for critical interdisciplinarity.

More informations: Press Release KIT.


Ludification of Technology: an international Student Conference on Video Games in Karlsruhe



An international conference about video games to encourage a dialogue between students and scholars, experts and game designers in the IT city of Karlsruhe. The conference should initiate new and innovative projects, start-ups and business entries. Co-organizer of the conference is Carsten Thomas, employee of the Institute of Technology Futures


The intention of the student initiative "Ludification of Technology" is to analyse current developments and trends of the phenomenon "Game" and its related subcultures and to transfer it within a scientific approach to the everyday culture of our society. Video games have become important in all areas, in this context a trend is evolving, which can be described as analogy from Bertolt Brecht's term of "Technification of Literature” to "Ludification of Technology". Through an interdisciplinary concept students, guest lecturers and experts of the game industry should start a dialogue, which represents a first step towards the analytical detection of this trend.

The conference " Ludification of Technology " will be held on 30th and October 31st, 2015 in Karlsruhe and will be held in English. Regional and international experts of the game industry and research will participate. The conference is already supported by the Faculty of Humanities at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The Center for Art and Media (ZKM) has made its recommendation. Further cooperation partners are the economic support of Karlsruhe (K3) and the CyberForum Karlsruhe. The student initiative sees itself as a "mediator", focussing to establish a forum for the Game Studies in Karlsruhe, where students, academic and industry experts find together. It should act as a supporter for new ideas, projects and start-ups.






The Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG)

Lorenz Straße 15

76135 Karlsruhe

Date: 30/10/2015 : 13-18 pm

31/10/2015 : 10 - 14 pm


Registration and information:http://bit.ly/1Mtte4


Deepening relationships with universities in the Shanghai region


Visiting the Center for German and European Studies at Tongji University, Shanghai​


At the German Studies Department of Shanghai Jiaotong University, and visiting Soochow University, Suzhou​


In September 2015, as part of the program Strategic partnerships with China, Professors of Humanities and Social Sciences at KIT (Prof. Dr. Böhn, Prof. Dr. Lessmöllmann, Prof. Dr. Möser, Dr. Alexandra Hausstein, Jie Han) visited different universities in the Shanghai area. During the visit, opportunities and projects in the field of student and staff exchange as well as joint research projects were discussed. KIT professors met colleagues from Shanghai Jiaotong University (Department of German Studies), Tongji University (Center for German and European Studies, Department of German Studies) and Soochow University (Faculty of Social Sciences and Institute of German Studies).