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Climate change in the forests of northern Germany

More and more trees are suffering the consequences of decades of man-made climate change. The growth of the European beech has so far suffered decline mainly in southern Europe. European beech is Germany's most important native forest tree species and it is most commonly found in Central Europe. A research team from the University of Göttingen has now been able to show that the European beech is suffering from increasing drought stress in summer in northern Germany as well. more…


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…


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Today's lecture is cancelled (6 December 2022)

The lecture "Die Ukraine im Krieg: Folgen für Innenpolitik und EU-Beitrittsprozess" scheduled for today, Tuesday 6 December 2022, is unfortunately cancelled. The entire programme of the lecture series (Göttingen University's "Ringvorlesung") "The Consequences of War in Ukraine" can be found here: more…

University of Göttingen renews condemnation of violence in Iran

We have received the news that a scientist in Iran, who received his PhD from the University of Göttingen, has been arrested because he was involved in protecting demonstrating students. In light of this upsetting news, the Presidential Board of the University of Göttingen renews and confirms its condemnation of violence against students and university employees in Iran. more…

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