The scientific profile of the University of Kassel is shaped by a specific combination of competences that focus on topics of nature, engineering, culture and society. The University of Kassel differs from other German universities by the balance of two big faculty cultures, i.e. engineering, sciences and math as well as humanities, social sciences and arts. Thereby, the University of Kassel has a distinctive profile in the field of environmental education and research, which is also reflected in the guiding principles of the University of Kassel. Interdisciplinary research teams are characteristic for the environmental research in Kassel.