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Harnessing nature’s defences against tsunamis

As sea levels rise and adverse weather events become more common, vulnerable coastal communities are at increasing risk of devastation from storm surges and tsunamis. The death toll from tsunamis, at 260,000 during the past century, was higher than that from any other natural hazard. An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has now compared the effects of man-made and ecosystem protection to propose a hybrid approach including mangroves and coral reefs in coastal protection plans for tropical biodiversity hotspots. The results were published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. more…


Natural ecosystems protect against climate change

The identification of natural carbon sinks and understanding how they work is critical if humans are to mitigate global climate change. This study, led by the University of Göttingen with the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research in Bremen, and the University of Bremen showed that mangrove ecosystems need to be conserved and restored as part of the battle against rising carbon levels in the atmosphere. more…


Leibniz Prize for Göttingen theologian

The theologian Professor Thomas Kaufmann from the University of Göttingen has been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2020 by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The DFG thus honours Kaufmann as one of the “most important international Reformation researchers”, according to the jury. The Leibniz Prize is endowed with 2.5 million euros per award and is considered one of the most important research awards in Germany. more…


How much will we eat in the future?

The amount of food needed to feed the world's population in the future is of vital importance. To date, scientists have only considered this question from the perspective of how much food people can afford to buy, how much food is healthy or what can be sustainably produced. However, researchers at the University of Göttingen have now analysed how the actual quantity of food that people would like to eat is likely to change. A rising Body Mass Index and increasing body height lead to a marked increase in global calorie requirements. more…


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Professor Reinhard Jahn takes over as acting President

Starting 1 December 2019, the neurobiologist Professor Reinhard Jahn, Emeritus Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, has taken over as acting President until a new President takes office. more…

Apply now: Dorothea Schlözer Mentoring Programme

What are my career prospects following my doctoral degree? What criteria are paramount in deciding to pursue an academic or non-academic career? How should I behave in competitive situations? And how can I combine my family life with a career in academia or elsewhere? The international Dorothea Schlözer Mentoring Programme addresses female postdoctoral researchers as well as last phase PhD candidates at Göttingen Campus. Applications are welcome until November 30, 2019. more…

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