The faculty focuses on integrated and interdisciplinary research and teaching and has long of adhered to tradition principles, such as those of sustainable development. At the same time, is open to the development of new dynamic research and teaching methods. The integration of the many ecological, economic, social and technical aspects required to maintain, regenerate, and utilise forest ecosystems requires institutions and concepts able to meet these demands.
The quality of scientific teaching is not measured in the number of hours taught, but in the content. This is closely related to the research activities of the teacher. The faculty holds the opinion that academic standards can only be assured if the teaching staff is actively involved in research, and if students are familiarised with research early in their academic lives. This is achieved through term papers, oral presentations, project work, as well as Bachelor and Masters theses. In all cases, results from current research, often from the research of the staff member, are used as a basis for teaching. Due to dynamic developments in social, economic and ecological conditions of forest ecosystems and wood utilisation, it is only through these means that it can be ensured that the most up-to-date knowledge is taught.
Experience has shown that exposure to research and temporary involvement in research groups can be extremely motivating. The new teaching structure at the faculty puts an emphasis on independent work, problem solving, the ability to work in a team, IT competence, and independent research.
The Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology was founded in 1868 from the Prussian Forestry Academy in Hannoversch-Munden. Although the Forestry Academy was always closely associated with the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, it was only in 1939 that it was officially incorporated as the sixth faculty of the university. In 1970, the faculty moved from Hannoversch-Munden to Göttingen in the new building on Busgenweg.