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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.

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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.

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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.

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Supermarkets and child nutrition in Africa

Hunger and undernutrition are still widespread problems in Africa. At the same time, overweight, obesity, and related chronic diseases are also on the rise. Recent research suggested that the growth of supermarkets contributes to obesity in Africa, because supermarkets tend to sell more processed foods than traditional markets. However, previous studies only looked at data from adults. New research shows that supermarkets are not linked to obesity in children, but that they instead contribute to reducing child undernutrition.

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The simultaneous merging of giant galaxies

An international research team led by scientists from Göttingen and Potsdam proved for the first time that the galaxy NGC 6240 contains three supermassive black holes. The unique observations, published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, show the black holes close to each other in the core of the galaxy. The study points to simultaneous merging processes during the formation of the largest galaxies in the universe.

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How plants handle stress

Plants get stressed too. Environmental factors such as drought or a high concentration of salt in the soil disrupt their physiology. All land plants, from liverwort to rye, use a complex signalling cascade under stressful conditions. An international research team with the participation of the University of Göttingen investigated how evolutionary changes in receptor proteins led to their ability to sense the plant hormone abscisic acid.

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