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Vegetation-free patches encourage ground-nesting wild bees

Relatively little is known about the nesting requirements of ground-nesting wild bees, although nesting sites are of central importance for most wild bee species. There are almost 600 wild bee species in Germany and 75 per cent nest in the soil. Now, researchers at Göttingen University have shown in a study on calcareous grasslands that the removal of vegetation in small areas led to a significant increase in ground nests, especially if there was a high abundance of flowering plants nearby. more…


Research with worldwide influence

This year's list of "Highly Cited Researchers" includes five scientists from the University of Göttingen: chemist Professor Lutz Ackermann, agricultural scientists Professor Tobias Plieninger and Professor Stefan Siebert, agroecologist Professor Teja Tscharntke and biodiversity researcher Professor Holger Kreft. more…


China's global aid exports: Development assistance according to geopolitical interest

China has been exporting aid goods worth around $835 million annually since 2017. These material re-sources are distributed by China primarily according to geopolitical interests and increasingly to Asia and Africa. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 meant that China gained political ground world-wide with medical aid supplies – especially face masks and vaccines. A freely available database developed by researchers including Göttingen University provides a clearer overview of the situation. more…


A world map of plant diversity

Why are there more plant species in some places than in others? Why is diversity highest in the tropics? What is the connection between biodiversity and environmental conditions? To help answer these questions, an international team led by researchers at the University of Göttingen has reconstructed the distribution of plant diversity around the world and made high-resolution predictions of where and how many plant species there are. more…


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„Orange Your City – Orange the World”

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the „Orange Your City“ campaign has taken place every year since 2016. By illuminating public buildings and landmarks in orange, a clear signal is sent against violence against women. The University of Göttingen joins the campaign for the first time in 2022 and the University’s Aula building on Wilhelmsplatz will fly orange flags. The University supports the campaign and the flags signal its support of the campaign to end violence against women and girls. more…

Apply now: Dorothea Schlözer Programmes

Applications are invited for the Dorothea Schlözer Mentoring and Dorothea Schlözer Career Coaching 2022: the mentoring programme is aimed at female postdocs and doctoral candidates in the transition phase and offers them structured career advice and support. The career coaching programme offers coaching and qualification opportunities to promote the careers of female postdocs with and without management responsibilities. Deadline: 30 November 2022. more…

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