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Intensification of land use leads to the same species everywhere


Intensive use of grasslands by humans reduces species diversity and makes the landscape more monotonous, so that the same species end up everywhere. Nature is then no longer able to provide us with many essential ‘services’, which range from soil formation for food production to pest control. more...

Excellent perspectives for academic collaboration


Göttingen University is intensifying its already outstanding contacts to India: Together with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER-Pune), it celebrated the opening of the Göttingen Pune Outreach Centre (GPOC). Scholars and researchers from the Göttingen Campus now have the opportunity to use the GPOC to hold academic events and activities relating to education and research. more...

Distant star is roundest object ever observed in nature


Stars are not perfect spheres, several mechanisms can change their shape. One mechanism is rotation: the more quickly a star rotates, the more flat it becomes due to the centrifugal force. Since distant stars appear as points in the sky, measuring their shape is a challenging task. Göttingen researchers have now succeeded in measuring the oblateness of a slowly rotating star. more...

Private pieties and their public impact

Cultural Anthropology Professor Roman Loimeier of the University of Göttingen has been awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The project led by Prof. Loimeier titled “Private Pieties: New Forms of Religiosity in Muslim Societies“ started receiving funding in October 2016. The total amount will be close to € 2.5 million and last for five years. more...