KEC integrates and summarizes current evolutionary research activities in the Kiel environment.

KEC additionally promotes translational evolutionary research through workshops, individual collaborations, and also larger research initiatives. Roughly 20 research groups from the Kiel environment have a strong focus on evolutionary topics, including for example evolution of lateral gene transfer in microorganisms, genomic adaptation of fungal plant pathogens, evolution of host-microbiota interactions, antibiotic resistance evolution in human pathogens, adaptation to climate change, the evolutionary origin of genes, speciation, or the evolution of sociality and altruistic behaviour. A larger number of additional groups specifically use evolutionary concepts for their research work in diverse fields such as cancer research, medical microbiology, developmental biology, food microbiology, immunology, or plant breeding. More detailed information is available on the webpages of KEC members. Moreover, core members of KEC centrally contribute to larger research initiatives, including (i) the Leibniz Science Campus on Evolutionary Medicine of the Lung (EvoLung) in Borstel, Kiel, and Ploen; (ii) the DFG funded Collaborative Research Center (CRC) on the Origin and Function of Metaorganisms in Kiel; (iii) the International Max-Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology, jointly run by the Max-Planck Institute in Ploen, the Geomar, and also Kiel University; (iv) the Excellence cluster Inflammation at Interfaces, and (v) the Excellence cluster Future Ocean, both in Kiel. For further information, see the links on the right side.