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The University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university. Founded in 1737 in the Age of Enlightenment, the University is committed to the values of social responsibility of science, democracy, tolerance and justice. It offers a comprehensive range of subjects across 13 faculties: in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and medicine. With over 30,000 students and offering up to 212 degree programmes, the University is one of the largest in Germany.

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Producing food whilst preserving biodiversity

In nature conservation and agriculture, there are two opposing views of how to combine high biodiversity and sustainable food production: nature conservation should either be integrated into agricultural land, or segregated into protected areas in order to enable maximum yields in the food production areas. Re-searchers at the University of Göttingen advocate coordinated approaches that combine nature conserva-tion and agricultural production in sustainably managed landscapes.

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Wild red deer contribute to the preservation of open landscapes

Similar to farm animals such as cattle or sheep, wild red deer grazing in open landscapes can also contrib-ute to the conservation of protected habitats. This was demonstrated by a research team from the Univer-sity of Göttingen and the Institute for Wildlife Biology of Göttingen and Dresden. The results were pub-lished in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Stickier than expected: Hydrogen binds to graphene in 10 femtoseconds

Graphene is celebrated as an extraordinary material. For electronics, however, graphene still has crucial disadvantages. It cannot be used as a semiconductor, since it has no bandgap. By sticking hydrogen atoms to graphene such a bandgap can be formed. Now researchers from Göttingen and Pasadena (USA) have produced an “atomic scale movie” showing how hydrogen atoms chemically bind to graphene in one of the fastest reactions ever studied.

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Astronomers discover 2,000-year-old remnant of a nova

For the first time, a European research team involving the University of Göttingen has discovered the re-mains of a nova in a galactic globular cluster. A nova is an explosion of hydrogen on the surface of a star which makes it much brighter. The remains have formed a glowing nebula. The remnant is located near the centre of the globular cluster Messier 22 and has recently been observed using modern instruments. The results will be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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How best to restore nature: researchers call to rethink rewilding

Regardless of whether the landscape is made up of individual floodplains or entire national parks, the success of rewilding projects does not just depend on whether individual plant or animal species are reintroduced into an area. As an international team of researchers, including the University of Göttingen, shows, it is more a matter of helping the damaged ecosystem to regenerate and conserve itself.

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"EU trade with Brazil promotes climate change and violates human rights"

More than 600 scientists, from every country in the EU, and 300 Brazilian indigenous groups have joined forces to highlight the destruction of the environment and human rights violations promoted by trade with Brazil. Seventeen researchers from the University of Göttingen have joined the call for sustainable action, which was published in the journal Science.

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