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No sex, no problem!

Sexual reproduction is linked to various benefits for the survival of a species. According to the scientific consensus, loss of sex in favour of clonal reproduction leads to a stepwise accumulation of deleterious mutations. Now scientists of the Universities of Göttingen and Lausanne found out, that ancient asexual oribatid mites are more effective in purging deleterious mutations as compared to their sexual relatives. more…


Southern Lower Saxony’s Welcome Centre poised and ready

The project partners of the "Welcome Centre of the Campus Göttingen and the Region of Southern Lower Saxony" have designed a structure for the future Welcome Centre. Alongside the central Welcome Centre – or "Gateway to the Region" – in the city of Göttingen, several regional offices are being set up in the districts of Göttingen and Northeim. more…


Göttingen University advances to next stage of Excellence Strategy competition

Göttingen University and its Göttingen Campus affiliates are in the running for grant money from the Excellence Strategy funded by the German Federal and State Governments. In early April of 2017, the University submitted six draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence. It has now been allowed to submit full proposals for four clusters. The topics are “Multiscale Bioimaging”, “Primate Cognition”, “The Making and Unmaking of the Religious” and “Integrative Land Use Science for Sustainable Development”. more…


Cocoa agroforestry is less resilient to extreme drought than cocoa in full sun

A new study based on detailed field measurements in West Africa shows cocoa agroforestry to be less drought resilient than previously thought. The study was conducted by doctoral student Issaka Abdulai of the Tropical Plant Production and Agricultural Systems Modelling (TROPAGS) division of the University of Göttingen. more…


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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hohage appointed Max Planck Fellow

Applied Mathematician Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hohage from the University of Göttingen has been appointed as a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen. For the next five years, Hohage will collaborate with the institute and other partners on the Göttingen Campus. One of the aims of the collaboration is to refine numerical methods to reconstruct interior properties of the Sun from observations of the Sun’s surface. more…

ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Alec Wodtke

The Göttingen researcher Alec Wodtke has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. The European Research Council (ERC) is funding the chemist's work with around €2.5 million for the next five years. Together with his Dynamics at Surfaces Department at Göttingen University and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry, Wodtke is studying how gaseous atoms and molecules collide with solid surfaces. more…

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