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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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Göttingen University Senate elects new Vice-Presidents

The Senate of the University of Göttingen elected Professor Anke Holler and Professor Bernhard Brümmer as Vice-Presidents of the University on 1 April 2021. The University Foundation Committee has already approved the Senate's decisions, and both will begin their two-year terms of office immediately. Holler, whose academic specialism is German Linguistics, is responsible for the newly created area of ”Berufungen und Chancengleichheit" in the Presidential Board. Brümmer, whose specialism is agricultural economics, will take over the area of "Research".

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Asteroid crater on Earth provides clues about Martian craters

At nearly 15-million-years old, the Nördlinger Ries is an asteroid impact crater filled with lake sediments. Its structure is comparable to the craters currently being explored on Mars. In addition to various other deposits on the rim of the basin, the crater fill is mainly formed by stratified clay deposits. Unexpectedly, a research team led by the University of Göttingen has now discovered a volcanic ash layer in the asteroid crater. In addition, the team was able to show that the ground under the crater is sinking in the long term, which provides important insights for the exploration of craters on Mars.

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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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Göttingen University can rely on its inhouse corona testing

The University of Göttingen is still in a phase of limited attendance onsite and events attended in person are only permitted in exceptional cases. In order to ensure their safety, students and employees can regularly and voluntarily be tested for SARS-CoV-2 in the Mensa Italia and at the North Campus using a PCR test. Since the Campus Covid Screen (CCS) project started its pilot and then moved into regular operation in November 2020, a total of around 23,000 tests have taken place. Of these, only 16 were positive, which corresponds to a rate of 0.07 per cent.

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The very first structures in the Universe

The very first moments of the Universe can be reconstructed mathematically even though they cannot be observed directly. Physicists from the Universities of Göttingen and Auckland (New Zealand) have greatly improved the ability of complex computer simulations to describe this early epoch. They discovered that a complex network of structures can form in the first trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. These primordial structures are microscopically small. Typical clumps have masses of only a few grams and fit into volumes much smaller than present-day elementary particles.

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Bilingual babies prefer “baby talk” in their native languages

A unique study of hundreds of babies across four continents shows that all babies respond more to infant-directed speech – baby talk – than they do to the type of speech directed at an adult. In fact, babies prefer baby talk in any language, but particularly when it’s in a language they’re hearing at home. An international research team including the University of Göttingen – the “ManyBabies” – also revealed that babies as young as six months can pick up on differences in language. The research was published in the journal Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.

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