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How plants handle stress

Plants get stressed too. Environmental factors such as drought or a high concentration of salt in the soil disrupt their physiology. All land plants, from liverwort to rye, use a complex signalling cascade under stressful conditions. An international research team led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the participation of the University of Göttingen investigated how evolutionary changes in receptor proteins led to their ability to sense the plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA). This enabled them to develop sensing mechanisms that aided their colonization of dry land and their response to stress conditions. The results were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). more…


Gender quotas in Business – how do Europeans feel?

Despite years of effort to bring more women to the top boards of business, the proportion of women on the committees of listed companies remains in the single digits. Despite this, quotas are still controversial in politics and among the population. For the first time, researchers at the Universities of Göttingen and Mannheim have examined the attitudes of the European population to the gender quota in management boards and supervisory boards. more…


University of Göttingen und HAWK recruit eleven digitisation professorships

Eleven of the total of forty digitisation professorships funded by the State of Lower Saxony will go to the University of Göttingen and the HAWK. The joint application "Data Science Region Southern Lower Saxony" will be funded. In this competition for professorships, the University of Göttingen and the HAWK placed their thematic focus on Data Science. more…


Fluctuating between solid and liquid

Depending on the temperature, water freezes to ice and ice melts back to water. This process, known in science as “phase transition”, is well known in everyday life. However, in order to achieve a stable lattice for ice crystals to form, a minimum number of molecules is required, otherwise the structure is unstable. A German-American research team led by the University of Göttingen has now succeeded in precisely determining the size of the smallest possible ice crystals. more…


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Every year again: Physical Experiments in Advent

"PiA – Physik im Advent" is an Advent calendar of a special kind: a physical Advent calendar. Behind every little door there is some education and fun. From 1st to 24th December 2019, small physical experiments that can be carried out with standard household materials will be presented every day as videos by Mr. Santa or Ms. Santa. more…

Bomb disposal on Saturday, 12 October 2019: these buildings will remain closed

Due to the disposal of a suspected bomb and, therefore, the evacuation of the Schützenanger area of the City, the buildings around the University’s central campus will remain closed on Saturday 12 October 2019. A complete list of the buildings can be found here. more…

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