Research and real-world lab projects at KAT

current projects
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Logo des KAT-Projekts Nachhaltige Lebensmittel Versorgungsketten

Coordination of transdisciplinary and transformative research on sustainable local and regional food supply chains in five hubs and with six teams in Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, Sweden, Germany and the USA. The aim is to assess the status quo of current food supply structures and, based on this, to develop sustainable structures, for example through cooperative business and governance models.

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The #climatechallenge project is based on a workshop format. Participants are supported in making changes and making their lifestyles more climate-friendly. The focus is on two change experiments, also known as challenges. They are designed to bring more effective climate protection into everyday life and consolidate structural transformation approaches.

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Integrating sustainability into everyday life, testing climate protection locally and encouraging more people in Karlsruhe to get involved in creating a city worth living in - this is what KARLA stands for. KARLA aims to use experiments to promote sustainable climate protection in Karlsruhe and contribute to lasting change in the city.

Schriftzug mobiles Futurium

The Mobile Futurium project aims to address young people's future skills. The Futurium in Berlin is developing a mobile future and participation space for this purpose and is using it to visit schools in rural areas throughout Germany. The project is being scientifically supported by KAT researchers.

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In recent years, a variety of initiatives and approaches have been developed and tested at German universities to implement the guiding principle of sustainable development. Although new knowledge, concepts and methods for implementation have been developed, there is still a lack of integrative approaches that systematically combine the various university fields of action as a whole-institution approach and promote a comprehensive "culture of sustainability" at universities.

Dein Balkonnetz

The energy transition offers great opportunities for sustainable change. "Your balcony network" explores the questions of what a socio-ecological energy transition could look like and how more sustainable energy production affects everyday life.


An investigation into the social impact of living labs using an actor-centered approach

Our society is currently facing many major challenges that require a rethink and fundamental transformation processes towards sustainability at all levels: Biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, [ageing] society, inequality, etc. In the efforts to support the process towards a more sustainable society, real-world laboratories have increasingly become the focus of science and the public in recent years.


With measures such as contact restrictions and working from home, the pandemic has had a major impact on real-life laboratory work. Traditional participation methods had to make way for dual (online/offline) and new digital formats. This was also an opportunity to question old methods and supplement them with new ideas. The project aims to identify, examine and make accessible newly tested forms of participation and dual methods.

Xtopien Freiräume der Zukunft

Xtopias are extreme visions of the future. They challenge what we take for granted. The aim of the project is to enable people to participate in the development and implementation of a major urban transformation. To this end, innovative tools are being developed as urban utopias.

Karlsruher Schule der Nachhaltigkeit

The Karlsruhe School of Sustainability combines a deep theoretical understanding based on sustainability research with impulses, strategies and opportunities for experience so that this understanding can become lived practice in professional, social and private roles.

Kulturlabor Freiburg

What does sustainable, future-proof arts and culture funding look like? The Freiburg Department of Culture is exploring this question in the form of a multi-layered participatory process that is intended to lead to a reorientation of Freiburg's cultural policy and funding. The examination of sustainability and sustainability transformations in the arts and culture sector takes place both on a cognitive and linguistic level, as well as in a very practical way in the form of experiments.

Ethikkodex für Reallabore

Codes of ethics and ethical guidelines are intended to guide scientific practice in research and teaching - at a general level (such as the DFG Code of Good Scientific Practice), at the level of individual disciplines (for example the ethical principles of the engineering profession of the VDI) or in relation to specific types of research (such as the "Nuremberg Code" on experiments on humans). New types of research and development require new guidelines and codes. This also includes real laboratories.

finished projects
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Energietransformation im Dialog

The basic idea behind the project is that the sustainable design of the energy system can only succeed if it is accompanied by a good level of information for those affected and real opportunities for participation. The project aims to contribute to an overall societal understanding of the energy transition by processing and providing information, offering advice and further training and bringing together very different stakeholders from research and society.

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The project aimed to work with citizens and stakeholders in Karlsruhe's Oststadt district to promote a culture of sustainability in which climate protection is a matter of course in everyday life. Climate-friendly alternative actions and everyday routines were developed in the three areas of nutrition, mobility and consumption.

Schriftzug TrafoKommunE

In order to prevent the worst negative effects of global warming, it is of fundamental importance that the necessary measures are implemented as quickly as possible in all sectors. Previous considerations on the energy transition from the old to the new energy world have fallen short. One aim of the project was to develop strategies to improve the transfer of results from research into practice.

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The coronavirus pandemic and the sometimes drastic measures taken to combat the pandemic are causing unprecedented disruption to social and economic life. Meanwhile, the consequences for our societies are still barely foreseeable. The aim of the project is to identify and discuss issues and solutions that are relevant in the medium and long term.

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The research project focused on the resistance and adaptability (resilience) of urban trees and forests. To this end, scientists led by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) conducted research together with the Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg (FVA), the German Weather Service (DWD) and the Horticultural Office (GBA) and Forestry Office (FA) of the City of Karlsruhe.

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How we organize our lives in cities is crucial to the success of sustainable development. It all started with Reallabor 131 (R131). The project, which was funded by the MWK from 2015-2018, focused on energy, mobility, social interaction, open space design and sustainable consumption.