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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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Gender quotas in Business – how do Europeans feel?

Despite years of effort to bring more women to the top boards of business, the proportion of women on the committees of listed companies remains in the single digits. Despite this, quotas are still controversial in politics and among the population. For the first time, researchers at the Universities of Göttingen and Mannheim have examined the attitudes of the European population to the gender quota in management boards and supervisory boards.

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University of Göttingen und HAWK recruit eleven digitisation professorships

Eleven of the total of forty digitisation professorships funded by the State of Lower Saxony will go to the University of Göttingen and the HAWK. The joint application "Data Science Region Southern Lower Saxony" will be funded. In this competition for professorships, the University of Göttingen and the HAWK placed their thematic focus on Data Science.

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Fluctuating between solid and liquid

Depending on the temperature, water freezes to ice and ice melts back to water. This process, known in science as “phase transition”, is well known in everyday life. However, in order to achieve a stable lattice for ice crystals to form, a minimum number of molecules is required, otherwise the structure is unstable. A German-American research team led by the University of Göttingen has now succeeded in precisely determining the size of the smallest possible ice crystals.

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Transformation of higher education

The University of Göttingen and eight other universities from all over Europe have formally launched a new network of higher education called “Enlight”. In a letter of intent, the nine partners expressed their commitment to prepare a joint application for the second call of the European Universities Initiative. Among other things, the network wants to promote sustainability and global engagement through higher education transformation.

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Less fertilizer and no herbicide but same yield?

Environmentally friendlier palm oil production could be achieved with less fertilizer and no herbicide, while maintaining profits. These are the encouraging preliminary results of the first two years of a large-scale oil palm management experiment by an international team of researchers led by the University of Göttingen. The research was published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.

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Insect decline more widespread than expected

In many areas, around a third fewer insect species can be found than a decade ago. This is the result of a study by an international research team including scientists from the University of Göttingen. The loss of species mainly affects grasslands that are located in surroundings largely shaped by agriculture – but it also affects forests and protected areas.

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