Welcome to KoGeReC

Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is establishing a joint research center together with the SungKyunKwan University (SKKU) in Seoul/Suwon in South Korea. The project partners are supported by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Seoul National University (SNU).

The research presence addresses the four main topics of urban planning, mobility, energy and water management and climate adaptation.

The four topics are closely linked, but are often considered too isolated:

  • For example, mobility depends to a large extent on fabrics of settlement, while fabrics of settlement in turn depend on mobility options.
  • Mobility and settlement fabrics have a major influence on energy sources and energy consumption, energy availability and energy prices have an impact on settlement development and mobility behaviour.
  • Climate change requires massive reactions to urban planning and transport planning in the energy sector.

Therefore, the GEFONAS project aims at:

a) Networking research, development and teaching from these subject areas in an interdisciplinary manner, and

b) generating synergies and international technology transfer through the cooperation of German and Korean experts.

In 2016, the BMBF published the “Guideline for the Promotion of Conceptual and Preparatory Measures for Establishing Joint Research Presences with Partners in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam”. The overall objective of the funding measure is to strengthen the internationalization of German institutions in education and research, to improve their competitiveness in Asia/Oceania and to facilitate access to Asian research institutions and networks for German scientists.

The Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences – Technology and Business has applied with its partners Seoul National University, SungKyunKwan University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for the establishment of a research presence in South Korea and has been awarded the contract.

The main focus of the research presence is on interdisciplinary work in the fields of urban planning, transport planning, energy and water / heavy rain management. The acronym GEFONAS stands (translated) for “Joint Research for Sustainable Urban Planning”. Since the original acronym GEFONAS cannot be meaningfully translated into an English explanation, it was replaced by the acronym “KoGeReC” in 2018: Korean German Research Center.

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The work builds on an already existing cooperation between KIT and SNU in the field of urban planning and extends it to further research areas.


Hochschule Karlsruhe – Technik und Wirtschaft | Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences                 Universität Sungkyunkwan                 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie                 Land and Housing Institute (LH-I)                 Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart