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A new level of magnetic saturation

An international group of astronomers lead by scientists from the University of Göttingen has detected unexpectedly strong magnetic fields on the surface of a few fast rotating M dwarf stars. For a long time it was thought that the dynamo in these stars saturates with a maximum magnetic field strength of about four kilogauss (kG) if a star rotates faster than a particular rotation rate. The researchers now discovered that some fully convective M dwarfs generate even stronger fields of up to about seven kG. more…


Believed long-lost amber stones with inclusions now rediscovered

Just under 400 pieces of the Königsberg amber stone collection arrive at Göttingen University more…


Increase in cocoa yields through ecological intensification

Cocoa is one of the world's most widely traded commodities. The optimisation of pollination is an essential factor for increasing yields. However, only around five to ten percent of cocoa flowers are pollinated by natural means. As part of his doctoral thesis, Manuel Toledo-Hernández, an agricultural ecologist at the University of Göttingen, analysed studies on the pollination of cocoa plants from the past 70 years. more…


The function of tiny organisms

Tiny organisms are the object of postdoctoral studies by French biologist Dr. Amandine Erktan at the University of Göttingen and the Freie Universität Berlin. With funding by the European Union in the form of a Marie Curie Fellowship, Erktan will be conducting her research partly in the labs of Göttingen’s Animal Ecology Working Group. 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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