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A solid foundation for the student labratory Kieler Forschungswerkstatt

11. July 2017

The Kieler Forschungswerkstatt (KiFo) continues as a joint institution of Kiel University (CAU) and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN).

True to its motto “wonder, experiment, put it to the test”, the KiFo has since 2012 introduced about 2000 students and 500 student teachers annually to the procedures of scientific research.

The KiFo’s now seven laboratories’ main purpose is to spur young people’s interest in present-day science questions. The program combines learning opportunities for students from Schleswig-Holstein and all of Germany with continued education programs for teachers.

On Tuesday, July 11th 2017, CAU president Prof. Lutz Kipp and the IPN’s Managing Scientific Director Prof. Olaf Köller signed the cooperation agreement, making the KiFo now a joint institution of CAU and IPN.

The CAU houses the KiFo, while the IPN provides the concept for the laboratory work and finances the equipment and the lead scientific staff.

Leibniz on campus:

The Kieler Forschungswerkstatt is a prime example of the close collaboration of Leibniz Institutions and Universities, sharing infrastructure and continuing the Leibniz motto theoria cum praxi”, pointed IPN director Olaf Köller out. Another collaboration with the CAU, the Leibniz science campus “Kiel Science Outreach Campus” (KiSOC) at the IPN, will provide the academic environment that will support the KiFo’s research based development. Also unique is that the KiFo combines the goal of a broad promotion of the interest in science with laboratory programs for students as well as student teachers.

CAU president Lutz Kipp praised the KiFo as a shared infrastructure promoting the strong interplay of science education at schools and universities. Starting at the elementary school level, the KiFo offers students laboratories and learning environments that might not be available at all schools. Kipp: “So the distinct honey-comb shaped buildings at the botanical gardens offer students and teachers a unique learning opportunity to inspire enthusiasm about research and science. Interested students will become the researchers of tomorrow. This is a maximum of synergy.”

A milestone of networking between research institutions, and quality control in teacher education: IPN Managing Scientific Director Prof. Olaf Köller (r.) and Kiel University president Prof. Lutz Kipp sign the cooperation agreement for the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt.

Students of the Flensburg Auguste-Victoria-School at the evolutionary-biology project days in November 2016: Annually the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt introduces about 2000 students and 500 student teachers to the procedures of scientific research by example of ongoing CAU research.