News from the Göttingen Campus

Cell biologists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, together with colleagues, have now discovered a previously unknown structure in mammalian eggs that is indispensable for the error-free distribution of chromosomes.
When a new life begins, only half of the genetic information is provided by the egg, the other half comes from the sperm. To this end, the egg has to eliminate half of its chromosomes. This happens during a specialized cell division, called meiosis. This process, however, is error-prone: It can happen that too many or too few chromosomes remain in the egg, resulting in an embryo whose cells have an incorrect number of chromosomes. Such embryos…
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Claudia Schmidt is the winner of the Three-Minute-Thesis Competition organized by the Coimbra Group, a network of leading European universities. With her short talk "The recycling system of our cells", the PhD student convinced the jury in the final contest in Krakow.
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A group of red giants discovered four years ago seems to be old and young at the same time. Scientists now prove that they are indeed old – and a result of star mergers.
Four years ago, several red giant stars were discovered to pose a paradox: even though they are built from very old stellar material, their large masses indicate a clearly younger age. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Germany), Aarhus University (Denmark), and Ohio State University (USA) have now solved the apparent contradiction. For the first time, they investigated the abundances of carbon, nitrogen, and…
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Sandra Schilbach, Agata Zielinska, and Thomas Lilienkamp of the Göttingen Max Planck Campus have been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal. Every year, the Max Planck Society honors up to 30 researchers for their outstanding achievements during their PhD.
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Researchers from Göttingen publish global database of regional plant life
Declining biodiversity due to man-made habitat destruction and climate change means that information about plant diversity and its distribution across the planet is now crucial for biodiversity conservation. With the Global Inventory of Floras and Traits (GIFT), a team of researchers from the Department of Biodiversity, Macroecology and Biogeography at the University of Göttingen has taken an important step forward in documenting and…
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Senate votes for 50-year-old Economist – Foundation Committee confirms vote
The Swiss-German economist Professor (HSG) Sascha Spoun will become President of the University of Göttingen in 2020. This was agreed on Thursday 20 June 2019 by the University Senate with a large majority. The University Foundation Committee has already confirmed the election. Spoun succeeds Professor Ulrike Beisiegel, who has been in office since 1 January 2011. Spoun advised the Findungskommission of the Senate and the University Foundation…
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International research team discovers two new Earth-like planets near Teegarden's star
An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has discovered two new Earth-like planets near one of our closest neighboring stars. "Teegarden’s star" is only about 12.5 light years away from Earth and is one of the smallest known stars. It is only about 2,700 °C warm and about ten times lighter than the Sun. Although it is so close to us, the star wasn’t discovered until 2003. The scientists observed the star for about three…
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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Brück was elected to the new Board of Directors for Research and Teaching at the University Medical Center Göttingen. Prof. Brück is at the same time spokesman of the board and dean of the medical faculty. He will take office on 1 August 2019.
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European reusable launch systems for more sustainability in spaceflight
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and five European companies have teamed up in the RETro Propulsion Assisted Landing Technologies (RETALT) project to jointly advance the research and development of key technologies for European vertical-landing launch vehicles. The consortium will spend three years examining the aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics – that is, in-flight surface temperatures – flight dynamics…
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In this year's competition for funding by the European Research Council (ERC) once again Göttingen scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry and the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) were successful.
The chemist Theofanis Kitsopoulos, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, will receive an ERC Advanced Grant endowed with 2.5 million euros. Another ERC Advanced Grant goes to Stefan Jakobs for a project at the UMG Clinic for Neurology, where he is appointed as professor. He further leads a research group at the MPI. The European Union awards the funding to top researchers who have already achieved scientific breakthroughs and would like to tackle a…
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