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New impulses for research and innovation

The University of Göttingen and her partners in the European University network Enlight will develop a common research and innovation agenda in the coming years. By identifying joint strengths, they will foster new groundbreaking, large-scale collaborative research projects. In February 2021, the Enlight partners announced the success of their funding application for a research and innovation component within the network: the European Union granted the network 2.3 million euros for three years for the proposal “Enlight Rise”. more…


Creating order by mechanical deformation in dense active matter

Living or biological systems cannot be easily understood using the standard laws of physics, such as ther-modynamics, as scientists would for gases, liquids or solids. Living systems are active, demonstrating fascinating properties such as adapting to their environment or repairing themselves. Exploring the questions posed by living systems using computer simulations, researchers at the University of Göttingen have now discovered a novel type of ordering effect. more…


How robust are ecosystems? Three key indicators hold the clues

Ecosystems provide a wide range of services to people. These services depend on basic ecosystem functions, which are shaped by natural conditions like climate, the mix of species and by human intervention. A research team including the University of Göttingen has identified three key indicators that describe the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Monitoring these three indicators will make it possible to assess how adaptable an ecosystem is to climate and environmental changes. more…


Mite species survives without sexual reproduction

It was thought that the survival of animal species over a geologically long period of time without sexual reproduction would be very unlikely, if not impossible. However, an international research team of zoologists and evolutionary biologists has now demonstrated for the first time that some animals can reproduce successfully without sex in the long term, perhaps for millions of years. more…


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Good ratings for academic disciplines at Göttingen University

In the most recent rankings by the National Taiwan University (NTU), Agriculture at the University of Göttingen achieves first place in Germany. The subjects of Environment/Ecology, as well as Plant & Animal Sciences, are also ranked first in Germany. The field of Natural Sciences achieved eighth place nationwide. more…

Long-period oscillations of the Sun discovered

A team of solar physicists led by Professor Laurent Gizon of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen in Germany has reported the discovery of global oscillations of the Sun with very long periods, comparable to the 27-day solar rotation period. The oscillations manifest themselves at the solar surface as swirling motions with speeds on the order of five kilometers per hour. more…

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