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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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.
Evolvability through modularity – an ancient design principle
Molluscs, such as snails, mussles, oysters and squid, are a group of animals that have enjoyed incredible evolutionary success for more than 540 million years. An international team of researchers from the University of Göttingen, the University of Bourgogne and the Museum of Natural History in Paris has now proposed that one of the reasons for this evolvability lies in the modularity of the tissue that forms the molluscan shell.
Giant swirls on the Sun
A team of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen has discovered new waves of vorticity on the Sun. For forty years scientists had speculated about the existence of such waves on the Sun, which should be present in every rotating fluid system. Now, they have been unambiguously detected and characterized for the first time.
Oldest wooden sculpture in the world is 11,500 years old
For over 100 years, a monumental wooden sculpture, discovered in 1894 by gold miners about 50 kilometres north of the city in the Shigir Moor, has been displayed in the Yekaterinburg Museum. A German-Russian research team with participation of the University of Göttingen has now organised a systematic radiocarbon dating of the sculpture: with an age of approximately 11,500 years, the figure is much older than expected, making it the oldest known wooden sculpture in the world.
Social relevance and visibility
The German-Japanese University Network HeKKSaGOn enters round two: At the sixth rectors' meeting at Osaka University in Japan, the partner universities drew a positive conclusion from their previous collaboration. They also formulated goals for the coming cooperation phase in which they hope to make the social relevance of science and Network’s work more visible in general.
Award for book on research in South Indian slums
Religious anthropologist Dr. Nathaniel Roberts from the University of Göttingen has received the Bernard Cohn Prize 2018. The Association for Asian Studies awarded him the prize for his book “To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and the Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum”. Roberts is currently a research fellow at Göttingen University’s Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).