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Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology
The Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology offers an up-to-date and varied course of study that illuminates forests with their properties and their importance for biodiversity and climate protection, but also explicitly deals with the possibilities of human use, thereby addressing economic questions as well as social ones, and the dimension of forests and its use. The course also provides knowledge about the properties and possible uses of wood and wood products. Our faculty maintains numerous cooperations with other universities, research institutions and interdisciplinary centers all over the world and is active in many interdisciplinary research associations.
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We are pleased to be able to offer a new edition of the ERASMUS Mundus Double Degree Master's program "Sustainable Forest and Nature Management" (SUFONAMA) from the winter semester 2024. After a first year at our partner university in Copenhagen, prospective students can complete their studies after the second year in Göttingen. The application period for citizens from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland runs until March 01, 2024.More information on the program and application procedure...
Gerhard Speidel Prize 2024
Ms. Amelie von Behren has received the Gerhard Speidel Prize 2024 for her master's thesis on the topic: "Empirical estimation of transaction costs in German private forests based on an online survey". Congratulations from the faculty!
New endowed professorships in the Faculty of Forestry
The University of Göttingen has been awarded two new endowed professorships in the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology. "Forest Phytopathobiomes" and "Hydrology of Multi-Functional Landscapes" will be funded by the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation with a total of 1.35 million euros. The contract was signed in Waiblingen near Stuttgart at the end of January. "The two professorships are a perfect addition to our faculty's portfolio with regard to the future of the forest," says Prof. Christian Ammer.Press release...
News from the faculty
Lecture series "Conversion of tropical rainforests"
Tropical forests are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth, play an important role in the global climate system and store enormous amounts of carbon. Similarly, large areas of tropical forests are being converted for the expansion of agricultural land to meet the growing global needs of humanity and to satisfy economic interests. Based on the results in the research project EFForTS, the lecture series "Conversion of tropical rainforests: Social and Ecological Consequences and Perspectives" is dedicated to the contents and results of modern land use research in the tropics.Program of lecture series...
TIF-Project Nepal 2023
The student project in the Master's specialization Tropical and International Forestry (TIF) was carried out in Nepal at the end of 2023. A video worth watching provides insights into the implementation and results of the project. Enjoy the video!see video...
Our confidante, Katrin Meyer, would like to introduce herself to you. She will be happy to serve as your first point of contact for problems or conflicts of any kind, offering advice and, if necessary, referring you to the responsible offices and committees, such as the ombuds office.Video...
Understanding greenhouse gases in oil palm plantations
During recent decades, rising global demand for cheap oils and fats has promoted the expansion of oil palm plantations in tropical regions. High yields of palm oil are typically achieved by a high use of fertilizer. Professor Alexander Knohl, senior author and head of the Bioclimatology Group, University of Göttingen recommends to develop optimal fertilizer management systems adapted to the age of the palms, nitrogen requirements of each plant, and local soil and climate condition for mitigating the negative impacts of oil palm cultivation by reducing N2O emissions.mehr...
A plea from experts: stop personifying plants
An international research team including Göttingen University reviewed popular books on forests and criticises lack of scientific evidence. They conclude that metaphoric descriptions are often held as literally true, and warn against portraying plants as if they were like human beings. "It would be disastrous for the adaptation of forests to climate change if political decisions were made on the basis of pleasant-sounding, but incorrect messages, rather than on the basis of scientific facts", says Prof. Ammer.more...
More press releases
Here you can find more press releases about the faculty and an archive.more...
Faculty of Forest Sciences
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