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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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Ingredients for earliest life forms preserved in 3.5 billion-year-old rocks

The earliest life forms must have used small organic molecules as building materials and energy sources. However, the existence of such components in early habitats on Earth had not yet been proven. Research at the University of Göttingen has now detected organic molecules and gases trapped in 3.5 billion-year-old rocks. It is likely that solutions from archaic hydrothermal vents contained essential components that formed a basis for the earliest life on our planet.

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Wolves prefer to feed on the wild side

When there is a choice, wolves in Mongolia prefer to feed on wild animals rather than grazing livestock. This is the discovery by a research team from the University of Göttingen and the Senckenberg Museum Görlitz. Previous studies had shown that the diet of wolves in inland Central Asia consists mainly of grazing livestock, which could lead to increasing conflict between nomadic livestock herders and wild predatory animals like wolves.

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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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Researchers solve riddle of plant immune system

How do plants build resilience? An international research team led by the University of Göttingen studied the molecular mechanisms of the plant immune system. They were able to show a connection between a relatively unknown gene and resistance to pathogens. The results of the study were published in the journal The Plant Cell.

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In search of super-Earths: Spectrograph CRIRES+ at ESO's Very Large Telescope

The astronomy research instrument CRIRES+ is designed to study planets outside our solar system. It is now in operation at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The Institute of Astrophysics at the University of Göttingen is part of the international research consortium that built the high-resolution infrared spectrograph at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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Strengthening research and innovation

The University of Göttingen, together with its partners in the European University Network ENLIGHT, has received further funding of around 2.5 million euros. With the support of the European Commission, the partner universities can expand their joint research and innovation structures. The goal of the "ENLIGHT RISE" project is to increase the competitiveness of the universities that are part of the Network, as well as to align and combine the strengths of these partners at a high level.

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