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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New strategic partnership
The U4 universities (Ghent University, the University Göttingen, the University of Groningen and Uppsala University) have joined forces with the University of Tartu to prepare an application for the European University project announced by the EU to strengthen Erasmus+ activities.
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For decades, scientists assumed that statistical abilities were closely linked with language abilities and mathematical education. An international team of researchers has now shown that great apes are also intuitive statisticians: They are able to intuitively identify relationships between samples and populations and infer probabilities from them.
Google Maps for Neurons
The human cerebellum packs about 80 percent of the brain’s total neurons into just 10 percent of its volume – meaning that one cubic millimetre can accommodate over one million neurons. Until recently, the exact positions and relationships between neighbouring neurons were largely unknown. Researchers have now made images showing around 1.8 million neurons in the cerebellar cortex.
Interaction between top quark and Higgs boson observed for the first time
Experimental physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva discovered in 2012 the Higgs boson that gives mass to the other particles. Since then, they are busy to unravelling how this interaction exactly happens. For the first time they now directly observed the production of the heaviest of all elementary particles, the top quark, simultaneously with the Higgs boson. A group from the University of Göttingen played an important role in the analysis.
Modern infrastructures for high-performance computing
Göttingen University’s currently biggest new construction project is starting to take shape: Since the beginning of the year, the new joint Data Processing Centre for Göttingen’s science hub has been under construction on the North Campus. In addition to the University itself, the University Medical Centre Göttingen (UMG) and the Max Planck Society (MPG) are all involved.
Restoration of endangered carbon reservoirs
Tropical peat swamp forests are among the most important terrestrial carbon reservoirs, but they are increasingly being cleared. Data on their regenerative capacity have so far been completely lacking but are indispensable for conservation and restoration projects. Researchers from the University of Göttingen have now determined for the first time by means of palaeoecological investigations how long it takes for a tropical peat forest to recover after a disturbance.