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The University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university. Founded in 1737 in the Age of Enlightenment, the University is committed to the values of social responsibility of science, democracy, tolerance and justice. It offers a comprehensive range of subjects across 13 faculties: in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and medicine. With over 30,000 students and offering up to 212 degree programmes, the University is one of the largest in Germany.

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Instant messaging in proteins discovered

Proteins are essential for every living cell and responsible for many fundamental processes. In particular, they are required as bio-catalysts in metabolism and for signalling inside the cell and between cells. Many diseases come about as a result of failures in this communication, and the origins of signalling in proteins have been a source of great scientific debate. Now, for the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Göttingen has actually observed the mobile protons that do this job in each and every living cell, thus providing new insights into the mechanisms.

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University Senate decides about personnel

The Senate of the University of Göttingen unanimously agreed that Professor Reinhard Jahn should be entrusted with the rights and duties of President for a period of approximately one year starting on 1 December 2019. Jahn's appointment is intended to bridge the period until a new president takes up office. The University Foundation Committee still has to confirm the vote.

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Sustainable support for researchers

The Welcome Centre for the Göttingen Campus and the Südniedersachsen region continues to work hard to strengthen sustainable collaboration with its existing project partners. As a result, the University of Göttingen, as the sponsor of the Welcome Centre of the Göttingen Campus, has now agreed a cooperation agreement with the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen.

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The real value of cats and dogs in Germany

It is estimated that 23 percent of all German households have a cat, 19 percent a dog, 6 percent other small animals and 10 percent birds, fish or reptiles. One indication how much these animals are appreciated by their owners is the expenditure they are willing to invest in their hobby. According to a study by the University of Göttingen, keeping pets in Germany led to an overall economic demand and added value of around 10.7 billion euros in 2018.

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The significance of the humanities in the 21st century

Since April 2019, the University of Göttingen has been coordinating a European research team preparing the European part of the World Humanities Report (WHR) for UNESCO. From this summer, the Volkswagen Foundation has supported the project with around 244,000 euros, for one year in the first instance. The WHR provides insights into current developments in the humanities and forms the basis for future UNESCO recommendations.

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How cows and cattle can get back to the pastures

Modern livestock farming increases the pressure to use arable land for fodder production. The result: modern dairy farms no longer send their cows out to pasture. The "Green Grass" project, led by the University of Göttingen, brings researchers, industry and stakeholders together in an interdisciplinary network stretching across Germany. They are investigating how grazing livestock can be brought back into the landscape and finding new ways of creating sustainable and efficiently managed pasture.

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