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High resolution techniques reveal clues in 3.5 billion-year-old biomass

To learn about the first organisms on our planet, researchers have to analyse the rocks of the early Earth. These can only be found in a few places on the Earth. The Pilbara Craton in Western Australia is one of these sites: there are rocks there that are around 3.5 billion years old containing traces of the microorganisms that lived at that time. A research team has now found new clues about the formation and composition of this ancient biomass, providing insights into the earliest ecosystems on Earth. more…


Converting rainforest to plantation impacts food webs and biodiversity

Every day, new areas of rainforests are converted into plantations, drastically changing tropical biodiversity and the way the ecosystem functions. Yet, the current understanding of the consequences is fragmentary: previous studies tended to examine either biodiversity or the ecosystem. An international research team led by the universities of Göttingen in Germany and Bogor in Indonesia brings these threads together in this research, which was published in Nature. more…


Digitalisation in the healthcare system

Digitalisation offers enormous opportunities within the healthcare sector. However, in practice, digital instruments often do not meet the expectations of medical staff, who also need to acquire digital skills to handle the instruments properly. In collaboration with project partners, researchers from the University of Göttingen want to develop measures to facilitate the implementation of digital solutions in the healthcare sector and overcome current obstacles. more…


Why do(n’t) people support being nudged towards healthier diets?

You may not realise it, but “nudge” has been used by businesses, policy-makers and governments for years to prod the public into making different choices. Small changes in our environment can “nudge” us into different behaviours. For example, printing the low-calorie options in bold on a menu, or showing the calorie information, might change what we choose to eat. But does the public support this? And how do subtleties in how ‘nudge’ interventions are designed affect support, if at all? more…


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Health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

For 2024, 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…

In memory of Professor Rebekka Habermas

The University of Göttingen mourns the loss of Professor Rebekka Habermas, who passed away on 21 December 2023. Habermas held the post of Professor of Modern History at the Faculty of Humanities since 2000. Among her many roles, she was Editor of the journal "Historische Anthropologie", a reviewer for the European Research Council and, since 2019, a member of the German Science and Humanities Council, Wissenschaftsrat. more…

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