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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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Crystal structures in super slow motion

Laser beams can be used to change the properties of materials in an extremely precise way. However, the underlying processes generally take place at such unimaginably fast speeds and at such a small scale that they have so far eluded direct observation. Göttingen researchers have now managed to film, for the first time, the laser transformation of a crystal structure with nanometre resolution and in slow motion in an electron microscope.

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Strong support for the extension of European infrastructures

The University of Göttingen, as a member of the European university network ENLIGHT, succeeded in getting funding from the German Academic Exchange Agency (DAAD) for €750,000 for the expansion of European structures. There is now a call for researchers, staff and PhD students at the University to apply for funding. Deadline is 15 February.

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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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Single-molecule, metal-induced energy transfer

Physicist Professor Jörg Enderlein from the University of Göttingen has been awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC has supported Enderlein's project – "Single-molecule, metal-induced energy transfer" – since the beginning of January 2021. The grant is worth a total of around 2.8 million euros and will run for five years. The scheme funds ground-breaking projects led by outstanding and experienced researchers.

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A fly’s eye view of evolution

The fascinating compound eyes of insects consist of hundreds of individual eyes known as “facets”. In the course of evolution, an enormous variety of eye sizes and shapes has emerged, often representing adaptations to different environmental conditions. Scientists, led by an Emmy Noether research group at the University of Göttingen, have now shown that these differences can be caused by very different changes in the genome of fruit flies.

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Variety: spice of life for bumble bees

The yield and quality of many crops benefit from pollination, but it isn’t just honey bees that do this work: bumble bees also have a role. A team led by University of Göttingen used innovative molecular biological methods and traditional microscopy to investigate the pollen collecting behaviour of honey bees and bum-ble bees in agricultural landscapes. It turns out bumble bees take much more pollen from different plant species than honey bees to satisfy their need for protein.

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