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The University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university. Founded in 1737 in the Age of Enlightenment, the University is committed to the values of social responsibility of science, democracy, tolerance and justice. It offers a comprehensive range of subjects across 13 faculties: in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and medicine. With over 30,000 students and offering up to 212 degree programmes, the University is one of the largest in Germany.

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Research with global impact

The University of Göttingen features in this year's list of "Highly Cited Researchers" once again, with the inclusion of five of its scientists. Chemist Professor Lutz Ackermann, agroecologist Professor Teja Tscharntke, agricultural scientist Professor Tobias Plieninger, biochemist Professor Ivo Feußner and biodiversity researcher Professor Holger Kreft are among the most frequently cited scientists in their fields worldwide.

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Here we go again! Physics Experiments in Advent

Physics in Advent is back for 2020! Wherever you are in the world, Ms. and Mr. Santa come to you in a coronavirus-compliant manner via video to bring you 24 fun-filled, physics experiments doable with simple stuff from your home. Sign up now to find out how the world works from the comfort of your kitchen. There are lots of great prizes to be won with "24 more experiments until Christmas". In collaboration with several national and international physical societies and STEM initiatives.

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Information on the coronavirus

What regulations with regard to the corona pandemic are currently in force at the University of Göttingen? How will the coming winter semester proceed? Under what conditions will courses take place? And when can I receive guests on campus? All information for students, staff and guests as well as our regular newsletter can be found here.

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Northern Germany’s fastest computer

Top ranking for Göttingen supercomputer: in the latest listing of the Top500 world's fastest computers, the "Emmy" system installed in Göttingen is 47th in the world. In Germany, Emmy ranks fifth, making it the most powerful computer in Northern Germany. Emmy is an HLRN system, which is operated by the GWDG and the University of Göttingen.

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University of Göttingen receives another Alexander von Humboldt professorship

The University of Göttingen was once again successful in the competition for the most highly endowed German research award: Physicist Dr. Jan Huisken, nominated by the University of Göttingen, has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. The professorship, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is endowed with approximately five million euros over five years.

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COVID-19 highlights risks of wildlife trade

Many diseases, such as COVID-19, have made the jump from animals to people with serious consequences for the human host. An international research team, including Göttingen University, says that more epidemics resulting from animal hosts are inevitable unless urgent action is taken. In order to protect against future pandemics, they call for governments to establish effective legislation addressing wildlife trade, protection of habitats and reduction of interaction between people, wildlife and livestock.

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