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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Website on the coronavirus for students
The University of Göttingen has initially suspended teaching and examinations until 20 April 2020. Here you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions for students, which we are regularly updating. You can also reach us via our social media channels.
Website on the coronavirus for staff
At least since 17 March 2020, all employees of the University of Göttingen have been working from home as far as possible. Business trips and excursions are currently not being approved and there are no events taking place. The FAQ list for employees can be found here.
Website on the coronavirus for visitors
Slowing down the spread of the coronavirus is a social challenge to which the University of Göttingen wants to contribute as much as possible. In order to stop the exponential growth of the infection, it is urgently necessary to interrupt the chains of infection as far as possible. Here you can find information about the coronavirus from the University of Göttingen for visitors.
Take “social distancing” seriously!
In light of the rapidly increasing number of known coronavirus infections in Germany and Europe, scientists across the Göttingen Campus have expressed serious concerns. This is due to the latest estimate of the number of cases expected in the coming weeks and the number of intensive care beds available in Germany. Although the measures taken by the Federal Government and the individual states to limit the increase are restrictive, the researchers believe that they are urgently needed.
Neanderthals ate mussels, fish and seals too
Over 80,000 years ago, Neanderthals were already feeding themselves regularly on mussels, fish and other marine life. The first robust evidence of this has been found by an international research team with the participation of the University of Göttingen during an excavation in the cave of Figueira Brava in Portugal. The researchers dated flowstone layers - calcite deposits that form like stalagmites from dripping water - using the uranium-thorium method, and were thus able to determine the age of the excavation layers to between 86,000 and 106,000 years.
A pigment from ancient Egypt to modern microscopy
Egyptian blue is one of the oldest manmade colour pigments. It adorns, for instance, the crown of the world famous bust of Nefertiti. But the pigment can do even more. An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has produced a new nanomaterial based on the Egyptian blue pigment, which is ideally suited for applications in imaging using near infrared spectroscopy and microscopy.