News from the Göttingen Campus

Göttingen’s supercomputer "Emmy" fifth fastest in Germany, 47th in the world
Top ranking achieved for Göttingen supercomputer: in the latest listing of the Top500 world's fastest computers, the "Emmy" system installed in Göttingen is 47th in the world. In Germany, Emmy ranks fifth, making it the most powerful computer in Northern Germany. Emmy is a system of the Norddeutschen Verbundes für Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnen (Northern German association for high performance computing, HLRN), which is operated by the Gesellsc…
Chemists at the University of Göttingen and Goethe University Frankfurt characterise key compound for catalytic nitrogen atom transfer
Catalysts with a metal-nitrogen bond can transfer nitrogen to organic molecules. In this process short-lived molecular species are formed, whose properties critically determine the course of the reaction and product formation. The key compound in a catalytic nitrogen-atom transfer reaction has now been analysed in detail by chemists at the University of Göttingen and Goethe University Frankfurt. The detailed understanding of this reaction will…
University of Göttingen coordinates new European research project on ultra-fast, fibre-optic technology
The University of Göttingen will lead the new European project "Adaptive Optical Dendrites (ADOPD)" for research into alternative, ultra-fast computer components based on neuronal signalling systems. The project, led by Professor Florentin Wörgötter and Dr Christian Tetzlaff from the Institute of Physics, focusses on how the functioning of neuronal cells can be transferred to fibre-optic-based computer components. The University of Göttingen will…
Eliana Amazo Gómez receives her doctorate as the 200th graduate of the “Solar System School”.
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen has reached a milestone: With Eliana Amazo Gómez, the 200th doctoral student of the IMPRS has now defended her doctoral thesis and thus successfully completed her PhD. In her thesis, the 33-year-old Colombian scientist developed a new method of deducing the rotational period of stars from their brightness fluctuations. In this way, she was…
Zwei Göttinger Forscher erhalten hoch angesehene Synergy-Grant-Förderung des Europäischen Forschungsrats. Sechs Millionen Euro europäischer Förderung gehen an den Göttingen Campus.
Die Göttinger Professoren Silvio Rizzoli, Direktor des Instituts für Neuro- und Sinnesphysiologie der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (UMG), und Nils Brose, Direktor der Abteilung für Molekulare Neurobiologie am Max-Planck-Institut für Experimentelle Medizin, gehören zu den in diesem Jahr ausgezeichneten Empfängern hoch-kompetitiver ERC-Grants. Beide werden ab 2021 durch das EU-Eliteförderprogramm ERC-Synergy-Grants unterstützt. Insgesamt fließen…
Myelin-forming glial cells are crucial for the temporal processing of acoustic signals
In a conversation, we can easily understand and distinguish individual words. In the brain, the temporal structure of speech with its rapid succession of sounds and pauses and its characteristic rhythm is encoded by electrical impulses. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have discovered that nerve cells can only process the temporal sequence of acoustic…
International research team including Göttingen University call for a Europe-wide phosphate directive
The aim of the EU Nitrates Directive is to reduce nitrates leaking into the environment in order to prevent pollution of water supplies. The widely accepted view is that this will also help protect threatened plant species which can be damaged by high levels of nutrients like nitrates in the soil and water. However, an international team of researchers including the Universities of Göttingen, Utrecht and Zurich, has discovered that many…
Anfang November könnten wöchentlich 500 bis 800, möglicherweise sogar mehr Menschen an einer Infektion mit Sars-CoV-2 sterben
Die Zahl der Todesfälle durch Covid-19 könnte sich in den ersten beiden Novemberwochen jeweils verdoppeln. Zu dem Ergebnis kommt ein Team um Viola Priesemann, Leiterin einer Forschungsgruppe am Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation, in einer modellbasierten Analyse. Demnach sind die immer noch relativ niedrigen Zahlen von Todesfällen darauf zurückzuführen, dass sich das Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 bis Ende September vor allem bei…
A new model that describes the organization of organisms could lead to a better understanding of biological processes
At first glance, a pack of wolves has little to do with a vinaigrette. However, a team led by Ramin Golestanian, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, has developed a model that establishes a link between the movement of predators and prey and the segregation of vinegar and oil. They expanded a theoretical framework that until now was only valid for inanimate matter. In addition to predators and prey, other…
Researchers at the University of Göttingen compare the development of beetle brains with that of flies
In the human brain, hundreds of billions of nerve cells are interconnected in the most complicated way, and only when these interconnections are correctly made, can the brain function properly. This is no different for insects, even though their brains consist of ‘only’ one hundred thousand to one million nerve cells. Nevertheless, fascinating and unexpectedly complicated behaviour can be observed in insects, for example when rearing offspring in…