List of Principal Investigators by Pillar


Technological dimension

Prof. Dr. Sanja Lazarova-Molnar
Knowledge culture is a living phenomenon that evolves with technological and societal progress. In today's world, the abundance of data has the potential to profoundly impact and change our knowledge culture. More importantly, the amalgamation of data with human knowledge opens up new ways of understanding the world and accessing previously inaccessible insights. My main interest is in exploring this amalgamation and its potential impact on our knowledge culture. Link to the Profile
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza
For me, Cultures of Knowledge represent the basis for global innovation. They influence international research results, which need to be combined and translated into applicable output to solve our current and future challenges such as sustainable energy or mobility on a global but also local level at the same time. Link to the Profile


Institutional dimension

Darko Jekauc Prof. Dr. Darko Jekauc
Representative of pillar
institutional dimension
To me, Cultures of Knowledge means cross-disciplinary collaboration, learning from each other, and doing research together. Link to the Profile
Ingrid Ott Prof. Dr. Ingrid Ott
Knowledge increases when it is shared. And even supposedly useless knowledge is valuable. The implications are clear: We must ensure that we create the right framework conditions for knowledge to emerge and be shared unconditionally. This is essential for ensuring lasting prosperity. Link to the Profile
Martin Ruckes Prof. Dr. Martin Ruckes
For new insights into economic and social contexts, I need "new eyes". The "Cultures of Knowledge" diversity enables this new kind of view. Link to the Profile
Britta Klopsch Prof. Dr. Britta 

The view beyond one's own discipline, the presentation of individual questions within one's own discipline also for people outside one's own discipline, the discussions that are initiated and the increase in knowledge that is stimulated as a result, as well as research questions that arise together, are central for me to bring us all forward as researchers and to grow - also personally. All this is made possible by the meeting in CuKnow, which connects all scientists for their benefit. Link to the Profile


Societal dimension

Michael Mäs Prof. Dr. Michael Mäs
Representative of pillar societal dimension
Ever since the Corona crisis, we know that there is only one reality, but often very different views on what is true. How can it be that societies that invest enormous resources in science and quickly communicate and debate its results nevertheless disintegrate into subgroups that cannot agree even on basic statements? What influence do social networks have on the Internet? Do social bots really have effects? How could digital communication and public debate be organized to reduce the spread of fake news and the polarization of opinions? Link to the Profile
Annette Leßmöllmann Prof. Dr. Annette Leßmöllmann
How knowledge is dealt with in public, how decisions are justified with the help of (non-) knowledge, and how public discourse about knowledge proceeds, and sometimes also tips over - these are aspects of knowledge cultures that are studied at my chair. Link to the Profile
Gerd Gidion Prof. Dr. Gerd Gidion

The usage of digital media now permeates people's everyday (working) lives. The resulting teaching and learning formats are the focus of my scientific exploration and active contribution. We examine habits and (future) changes, implement innovative services for hybrid studies (in the KIT Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning) and research trends in cooperation with other universities. I am currently also interested in AI-based influences and the prospects of digital assistance systems in academic education.

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Rafaela Hillerbrand Prof. Dr. Dr. Rafaela Hillerbrand
As a physicist and a philosopher of science and technology, I study the different cultures of knowledge on a metalevel. Together with my research group, PhilETAS, we try to understand how models can enhance understanding or explanation in different scientific disciplines,  engineering practices, or via tools like computer simulations, big data analysis, or machine learning. As head of ARRTI, the KIT Academy for Responsible Research, Teaching, and Innovation, I am also interested in how different cultures of knowledge incorporate responsibility for their research practices and their findings. Link to the Profile
Orestis Terzidis Prof. Dr. Orestis Terzidis
Entrepreneurial activity leads to new products and services from information on society, the environment and technology. In this context, cultures of knowledge are key to responsibly contributing to value creation and innovation. Link to the Profile
Prof. Dr. Marcus Popplow
Representative of pillar
historical dimension
In the history of technology as my main field of research, the concept "cultures of knowledge" is very helpful to overcome simplifying dichotomies: Compared to the common juxtaposition of practical versus theoretical knowledge only, it allows a much more fine-grained analysis of various forms of technical knowledge in their historical dimension – covering, not the least, the knowledge of users dealing with technology as well. Link to the Profile
Prof. Dr. Oliver Jehle
My work uses material images as well as image motifs wandering through time and space in order to capture the change and transfer of image concepts. Looking at the history of (pictorial) ideas, I am concerned with the diverse processes of formation, transmission and application of image knowledge in the making. Link to the Profile
Prof. Dr. Michael Schefczyk
I find the co-operative production of knowledge a worthwhile research topic. How do contributors in joint intellectual projects form beliefs about their respective roles and claims to authorship? What are the inner workings of different forms of intellectual co-operation? There are many fascinating questions here. For instance, we have strong reason to assume that women contributed more to many “cultures of knowledge” than they are credited for. Can we correct this bias? Link to the Profile


Spatial dimension

Michael Janoschka Prof. Dr. Michael Janoschka
Representative of pillar
spatial dimension
In the graduate school Cultures of Knowledge, I am interested in international perspectives and critiques of the concept of sustainability. International critiques and extensions of the concept of sustainability have been presented from different perspectives. If these international perspectives are integrated, the acceptance of the concept on a global level can be increased. Link to the Profile
Jan Cermak Prof. Dr. Jan Cermak
Climate research looks at changes in the framework conditions of human activity. Communication, social classification and interpretation of these scientific findings are major interdisciplinary challenges. Link to the Profile
Daniel Lang Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang
In transdisciplinary research, differentiating and integrating different forms of knowledge is central to both making action-oriented contributions to dealing with societal problems and generating new scientific knowledge. For a corresponding co-production and re-integration of knowledge, Cultures of Knowledge play an important role and CuKnow is a fascinating platform to enable inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration. Link to the Profile