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The University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university with a long tradition. Founded in the Age of Enlightenment in 1737, it is committed to the values of social responsibility of science, democracy, tolerance and justice. As a full university with 13 faculties, it covers a differentiated spectrum of subjects in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences as well as medicine. With around 30,000 students spread across 198 degree programmes, it is one of the largest universities in Germany.

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Persian leopard and kittled cattle in Northern Iran.

Illegal hunting exacerbates livestock loss

Direct exploitation of wildlife is a global driver of biodiversity decline. Illegal hunting (‘poaching’) inside and around protected areas can affect wildlife populations negatively which, in the long term, leads to a decline in populations of the large carnivores (such as wolves and big cats) that depend on them for food. In the short term, as a response to a lack of wild prey, large carnivores may increase attacks on livestock.

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University of Göttingen is awarded one Cluster of Excellence

The University of Göttingen and its partners at the Göttingen Campus have been awarded funding for the Cluster of Excellence “Multiscale Bioimaging: from Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells” within the Excellence Strategy funded by the German Federal and State Governments. With one funded Cluster of Excellence, the University will not be able to apply via the “Universities of Excellence” process.

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Award for contribution to the Colombian peace process

Law Professor Kai Ambos from the University of Göttingen has been awarded the Order of merit “Carlos Lemos Simmonds” for 2018 by the Colombian Press Association and the German Embassy in Bogotá. The award honours his contribution to the peace process in Colombia.

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A new twist on stellar rotation

Like our Sun, distant stars are rotating spheres of hot gas. Stars, however, do not rotate like solid spheres: regions at different latitudes rotate at different rates. An international group of researchers including the University of Göttingen has now measured the rotational patterns of a sample of Sun-like stars.

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Anneliese Maier Research Award 2018 to Professor Wang Hui

On 12 September, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presented an Anneliese Maier Research Award to Professor Wang Hui, one of China’s most influential intellectuals. At the University of Göttingen, the historian and literary scholar collaborates with Professor Dominic Sachsenmaier to research the global and historical interconnectedness of modern Chinese history.

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STED image (left) and x-ray imaging (right) of the same cardiac tissue cell from a rat.

The "dark side" of the cell

Researchers at the University of Goettingen have used a novel microscopy method. In doing so they were able to show both the illuminated and the "dark side" of the cell. The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Communications.

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