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Academic field for the future: "Matter to Life”

Göttingen and Heidelberg Universities will in future offer a joint Master's degree in the interdisciplinary pro-gramme "Matter to Life". Göttingen University President Professor Metin Tolan and the Rector of Heidelberg University, Professor Bernhard Eitel, signed an agreement to this effect yesterday in Göttingen. This kind of programme and degree are unique in Germany. Built on the approach of the Max Planck School Matter to Life: to identify the world's best early career researchers in this new field. more…


Tree rows in modern agriculture reduce damage to environment

"Alley cropping” is the agricultural practice of planting rows – or alleys – of trees in fields of crops. According to a new study by an international, multidisciplinary research team led by the University of Göttingen, this type of land use rapidly leads to significant ecosystem improvements in farmland. The scientists compared different environmental measures in alley-cropping agroforestry, open fields of crops, or grassland. Their study was published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment. more…


Local cacao varieties promise high biodiversity and fine flavours

Einheimische Kakaofrüchte in Peru

In the western Amazon region, cacao has been cultivated since prehistoric times and the area is a valuable resource for genetic diversity of cacao plants. There is growing interest in switching cultivation from high-yielding but low-quality cacao to indigenous cacao varieties that produce chocolate with particularly fine flavours. This could enable smallholder farmers to obtain higher prices with benefits to the environment and biodiversity, as a team of researchers led by Göttingen University has shown. more…


Senate confirms Vice-Presidents of the University of Göttingen

The Senate of the University of Göttingen has elected Professor Anke Holler and Professor Bernhard Brümmer as Vice-Presidents of the University for a further term of office, posts to be held alongside their other academic roles. Both have been members of the Presidential Board since April 2021: Holler is responsible for "Professorial Appointments and Equal Opportunities", Brümmer for the area "Research". Their second term of office begins on 1 April 2023 and lasts four years. more…


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open-access.network: three more years for the Open Access transformation

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded the Germany-wide collaborative project "open-access.network" for another three years, awarding around 2.6 million euros. In the second project phase, the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen) is again responsible for technical provision and public relations. In the second funding period, which starts now, the project will implement a number of measures to promote the Open Access transformation. more…

Health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

For 2023, we would like to wish health, happiness and personal and professional success to all students, staff, guests and alumni of Göttingen University and Göttingen Campus. more…

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