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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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Scrap for cash before coins

How did people living in the Bronze Age manage their finances before money became widespread? Researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Rome have discovered that bronze scrap found in hoards in Europe circulated as a currency. These pieces of scrap – which might include swords, axes, and jewellery broken into pieces – were used as cash in the late Bronze Age (1350-800 BC), and in fact complied with a weight system used across Europe.

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Fundamental regulation mechanism of proteins discovered

Proteins perform a vast array of functions in the cell of every living organism with critical roles in almost every biological process. There are numerous chemical switches that control the structure and the function of proteins and these were thought to be well understood, so a team of researchers at the University of Göttingen were surprised to discover a completely new on/off switch that seems to be a ubiquitous regulatory element in proteins. Results were published in Nature.

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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 is the winter semester proceeding? Under what conditions do 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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Revealing the secret cocoa pollinators

The importance of pollinators to ensure successful harvests and thus global food security is widely acknowledged. However, the specific pollinators for even major crops – such as cocoa – haven’t yet been identified and there remain many questions about sustainability, conservation and plantation management. Now an international research team led by the University of Göttingen has found that in fact ants and flies – but not ceratopogonid midges – appear to have a crucial role to play.

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Branching worm with dividing internal organs growing in sea sponge

The marine worm Ramisyllis multicaudata, which lives within the internal canals of a sponge, is one of only two such species possessing a branching body, with one head and multiple posterior ends. An international research team led by the Universities of Göttingen and Madrid is the first to describe the internal anatomy of this intriguing animal. The researchers discovered that the complex body of this worm spreads extensively in the canals of their host sponges.

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Data specialists with in-depth knowledge

In this coming winter semester, the University of Göttingen is establishing a Master's programme in Applied Data Science. Students will specialise in dealing with large amounts of data, and how to gain meaningful insights from the data sets. The programme is taught in English and leads to a Master of Science (MSc) in four semesters. Göttingen University is the first university in Lower Saxony to offer both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Applied Data Science.

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