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 about 30,000 students and more than 210 degree programmes, the University is one of the largest in Germany.
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European University Network Enlight: International Symposium on Teaching and Learning
More than 200 guests from nine European universities met in Göttingen for the second Enlight Teaching & Learning Conference. Under the title "Diversity and Co-Creation in Higher Education – inclusive approaches on-campus and online", students, teachers and researchers discussed the topic of teaching and learning. Enlight is a European university network in which the University of Göttingen works closely with eight other universities from Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Europe.
Vegetation-free patches encourage ground-nesting wild bees
Relatively little is known about the nesting requirements of ground-nesting wild bees, although nesting sites are of central importance for most wild bee species. There are almost 600 wild bee species in Germany and 75 per cent nest in the soil. Now, researchers at Göttingen University have shown in a study on calcareous grasslands that the removal of vegetation in small areas led to a significant increase in ground nests, especially if there was a high abundance of flowering plants nearby.
A world map of plant diversity
Why are there more plant species in some places than in others? Why is diversity highest in the tropics? What is the connection between biodiversity and environmental conditions? To help answer these questions, an international team led by researchers at the University of Göttingen has reconstructed the distribution of plant diversity around the world and made high-resolution predictions of where and how many plant species there are.
Research with worldwide influence
This year's list of "Highly Cited Researchers" includes five scientists from the University of Göttingen: chemist Professor Lutz Ackermann, agricultural scientists Professor Tobias Plieninger and Professor Stefan Siebert, agroecologist Professor Teja Tscharntke and biodiversity researcher Professor Holger Kreft.
China's global aid exports: Development assistance according to geopolitical interest
China has been exporting aid goods worth around $835 million annually since 2017. These material re-sources are distributed by China primarily according to geopolitical interests and increasingly to Asia and Africa. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 meant that China gained political ground world-wide with medical aid supplies – especially face masks and vaccines. A freely available database developed by researchers including Göttingen University provides a clearer overview of the situation.
It’s back: physics experiments in Advent!
Physics in Advent – PiA – is an Advent calendar with a difference: behind each door is a surprise filled with fun and new insights. For the tenth year running, Mother or Father Christmas will present small-scale physics experiments via video every day kicking off on 1 December and running until 24 December on the PiA website. Everyone can do the experiments, which can be carried out with ordinary household materials. All are welcome to join: www.physics-in-advent.org