Kiel Life Science at the Hannover Messe 2017 (Press Release)

Kiel Life Science presents cutting-edge life science research at the world’s largest industrial trade fair

When the Hannover Messe opens next Monday, 24 April in the capital of Lower Saxony, Kiel University (CAU) will enter new territory with its appearance at the fair: for the first time, the four CAU research focus areas of life science, nano, surface and interface science, marine science and cultural change will present themselves to the public at the largest industrial fair in the world. The “Kiel Life Science” (KLS) research focus, with its attractive programme of exhibits and presentations, will help to showcase cutting-edge research from Kiel, and its interfaces with society and applications.

KLS spokesperson Professor Thomas Bosch emphasised: “The aim of our research is to understand the origin of healthy and diseased processes in various organisms, in interaction with their environment. Thereby we hope to derive new options for prophylaxis and treatment in future. In Hanover, we want to present how our highly interdisciplinary research will help to solve the fundamental problems in health, environment and nutrition in the future.”

As representatives of life science in Kiel, experts from the “Kiel Evolution Center” (KEC) will host a discussion at the beginning of the CAU trade fair appearance in Hall 2, “Research & Technology”: on Monday at 10am and again at 12 noon, under the title “Translational Evolutionary Research to Solve Social Problems”, Dr Olivia Roth (GEOMAR) and Professor Hinrich Schulenburg (CAU) will explain how the research and application of evolutionary principles can help to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or the overuse of dwindling fish stocks.

Overall, by means of various dialogue events and exhibits, “Kiel Life Science” will present exemplary insights into the various areas of cutting-edge life science research at the Schleswig-Holstein state university. This includes, amongst others, the exhibition “Perspective Microbiome”, which highlights the importance of research into microbial colonisation of the human body: the objective behind the bacteria self-tests – developed by students of Muthesius University together with the Cluster of Excellence “Inflammation at Interfaces” – is to use diagnostics of microorganisms in the human body to enable individualised medical treatment in future. In addition, the prototype of a new mobile medical app will be presented in “eHealth App: record up-to-the-minute health status by smartphone”. In future, this smartphone application will record medical data in the everyday life of patients, and thus targets the development of more accurate treatment approaches for various serious diseases.

The following representative key topics will be presented by the research focus area at the Hannover Messe: transferring research results from bench to bedsite, researching the human microbiome in health and disease, and the influence of evolutionary processes on the environment and health. The focus here is on personalised medicine, the objective of which is to optimise healthcare to match the individual status and needs of the patients. Overall, the Kiel life scientists hope to offer diverse insights into their excellent research, and thereby to be able to highlight the importance of cutting-edge research for society and innovation.

Here you can find the complete programme of Kiel’s presentations at the Hannover Messe from 24 to 28 April 2017:

Kiel University’s booth can be found in Hall 2, C07

About Kiel Life Science:
The interdisciplinary centre for applied life sciences – Kiel Life Science (KLS) – links research at the CAU from the fields of agricultural and nutritional sciences, the natural sciences and medicine. It forms one of four research focus areas at Kiel University, and is aimed at achieving a better understanding of the cellular and molecular processes with which organisms respond to environmental influences. The research is focussed on issues such as how agricultural crop plants adapt to specific growth conditions, or how illnesses can arise through the interaction of genes, individual lifestyle and environmental factors. Health is always viewed holistically in the context of evolution. Under the research focus’ name, there are currently around 80 scientists from 40 institutes and six faculties from Kiel University working collaboratively as full members.