Organization and Governance

KIT pursues its tasks in research, teaching, and innovation. KIT’s governance supports work towards reaching this goal and clearly defines the regulatory and strategic framework for action on the three management levels of Executive Board, Divisions, and Institutes. KIT’s governance thus represents a framework that enables responsible interaction of all students and employees of KIT, which is characterized by transparency and subsidiarity.

All scientists execute their tasks in research, teaching, and innovation at the institutes. Two types of institutes are distinguished: institutes of type 1 are headed by the appointed head of institute. Institutes of type 2 are headed by a Board of Directors consisting of several appointed professors.

All institutes are clearly assigned to one of the Divisions established in line with the disciplines. The Divisions organize science and its infrastructures and are led by a Division Head. To conduct scientific work, they also use functional elements, such as KIT Departments and Helmholtz Programmes. Interdisciplinary research and innovation topics are coordinated by the KIT Centers. Divisions are responsible for the further scientific development of the disciplines in line with the challenges faced by society. On this basis, they strategically allocate the resources. The Division Heads represent their Divisions to the Executive Board.

The Executive Board guides the strategic further development of KIT, defines the structural framework required, is responsible for appointments, and sets up the Economic and Finance Plan. It provides for a functioning administration that is organized in Business Units and Staff Units. The Executive Board represents the KIT to the Supervisory Board and the funding partners on the federal and state levels.

KIT’s robust, sustainable, lean, and clear organization as well as its effective and efficient procedures are based on the KIT Act of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Statutes of KIT, as well as on the framework regulations and rules of procedure of KIT’s organizational units.


When creating and updating decentralized websites, take care that the contents and structures are in compliance with KIT’s governance. Formulations must agree with the governance.

  • Correct formulation: Institute of the XYZ Division
  • Correct formulation: Type 1: Professor X, Head of the Institute Y
  • Correct formulation: Type 2: Head of Institute: Professor X
  • Correct formulation: Professor X, Member of the Collegial Management of the Institute
  • Correct formulation: Program of the KIT Department XYZ
  • Incorrect formulation: Institute of KIT Department XYZ