The Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability and Cultural Change

The Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability and Cultural Change (KAT) combines research, education, consulting and process support. It designs, researches and accompanies your development towards a culture of sustainability. The goal is to build bridges together to overcome social boundaries, individual interests and outdated structures.

Leaving the old behind and daring the new, for a future worth living in.

Building on the experience, expertise and structures of the real-world lab Quartier Zukunft - Labor Stadt (District Future - Urban Lab) launched in 2012, the Karlsruhe Transformation Center is one of the first of its kind in the world. It operates at the interface of science and society and participatively develops and communicates knowledge and expertise for social change. The Karlsruhe Transformation Center operates a real-world lab as well as various research and transformation projects. In addition, it advises municipalities, companies and organizations and accompanies them into a sustainable future. The institutional background of the KAT is the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

You can find out more about the KAT here in the brochure (in German) or here as a short-description in English.

The fields of action

Action and Innovation Consultancy Education Experimentation


Research Reflection and Contemplation Communication and Networking


Insights and outlooks

Real-world labs make you fit for the future
Mitmachen Quartier Zukunft
Sustainability to join in

The "Quartier Zukunft - Labor Stadt" is a real-world lab in Karlsruhe's Oststadt district. As a contact point for the population, for politics and science, it investigates the question: How can we live well in the city today and tomorrow, while taking care of our fellow human beings, the environment and posterity?

Reallabor Video
What is a real-world lab?

A real-world lab is a transdisciplinary research and development facility. Science and society work together on sustainable solutions. This video from "Quartier Zukunft" shows exactly how to move from knowledge to action (in German).

Podcast Forschung ohne Kittel
Real stories from real-world lab research

How do you do research in a real-world lab? The podcast "Labor Zukunft - Forschung ohne Kittel" (Future Lab - Research without a Coat) provides insights into the research work of a real-world lab. Using practical examples and real projects, the podcast illustrates how easy it is to work for a sustainable future (in German).



Preis nachhaltige Entwicklung KITBMBF, Hans-Joachim Rickel
Auszeichnung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Das KIT erhält den „Nationalen Preis – Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung“ für herausragende Bildungsinitiativen. Ausschlaggebend waren nicht zuletzt einige Angebote vom KAT, wie das mobile Partizipationslabor MobiLab.

Mehr erfahren
Reallabor Tagung
Conference: Real-world labs in transformation

Register now for the Reallabor conference. The two-day event will take place on June 2 & 3, 2022 at Karlsruhe's "Südwerk" and is aimed at researchers and practitioners, urban and regional developers, transformers, visionaries and interested parties.

MobiLab at the Spring Sustainability Days 2022

As part of the Spring Days, the Mobile Participation Lab (MobiLab) will make a stop at KIT Campus South from March 28 to April 1. Stop by and get to know the MobiLab, take part in an excursion, or test a cargo bike.



Do you have any questions? Contact us, we will be happy to advise you.

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