Karlsruhe Institute für Technologie

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation with about 8,900 employees, 21,000 students, and a total annual budget of about 750 million Euros. KIT was established on 01/10/2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe (founded in 1825), one of Germany’s leading research universities, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (founded in 1956), one of the largest research centres in the Helmholtz Association.

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Role & Activities in the project

Higher education, research, and innovation are the three pillars of KIT’s activities. In establishing innovative research structures, KIT is pursuing joint strategies and visions. KIT’s research profile is characterised by a strong focus on energy technology, nanotechnology and materials research, elementary particle and astroparticle physics as well as climate and environmental research. It has significant competencies in the fields of information and communication technologies, mobility systems, optics and photonics, and the inter-relations of humans and technology.

KIT will be involved in LEXNET with its Institute ITAS. The Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) researches scientific and technological developments concerning systemic relations and technology impacts with a focus on environmental, economic, social, and political-institutional questions. The alignment of research and technology policy, the influence on the design of socio-technological systems regarding, e.g., the criteria of sustainable development, as well as the realisation of discursive processes on open and controversial questions on technology policy are some of the most important aims. The results of research and policy advice are publicly available.

KIT is actively contributing to Socio-economic analysis, EMF exposure metrics and reduction targets.


Key people involved

Peter Wiedemann is employed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Dr. Wiedemann has taught at the Technical University Berlin, Department of Psychology. Now he is teaching at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and Adjunct Professor at the UMIT in Hall, Austria. He was educated at the Humboldt University at Berlin where he received his diploma in psychology. In 1984 he received his PhD in Psychology with „Summa cum laude” at the Technical University in Berlin“ and in 2008 his habilitation from the University of Innsbruck, Currently, he is an elected member of the group “Nonionising Radiation” of the National Radiation Protection Commission in Germany, an elected member of the crisis communication unit of the German National Radiation Protection Commission and member of the steering committee of the COST Action BM 0704. Dr. Wiedemann’s research is focussing on bridging the gap between risk perception research and risk communication on the one side and risk analysis and management on the other side. He is currently doing research into comparative risk assessment, uncertainty analysis and evidence assessment to base the precautionary principle on sound science.

Frederik Freudenstein works as scientific staff at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He is currently part of the project “Science Forum EMF” (WF-EMF) and the EU project “Low EMF Exposure Future Networks” (LEXNET), with special interests in risk perception and risk communication.

He studied Psychology in Innsbruck, Austria and finished his diploma in 2012, with a focus on risk and environmental psychology and the problems of recall biases regarding mobile phone use. Presently, he is preparing his theses in the field of risk communication, specifically for lay people.