News from the Göttingen Campus

DFG extends funding for Göttingen University Research Training Group in Forest Sciences
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended funding for the Research Training Group “Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers: impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning” at the University of Göttingen. The Research Training Group (RTG) will receive around four million euros over the next four and a half years. The second funding period begins on 1 April 2022. In the Research Training Group, scientists from forest…
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Niedersächsisches Verbund-Forschungsprojekt „DEFEAT Corona“ erhebt Daten zu Langzeitfolgen einer Infektion mit SARS-CoV-2 und zu Langzeitauswirkungen der Corona-Pandemie auf das tägliche Leben.
Welche Beschwerden haben Menschen nach einer überstandenen Corona-Infektion? Welche Rolle spielen bestimmte Antikörper dabei? Wie haben sich das Privat- und Berufsleben von Menschen mit oder ohne Corona-Infektion im Verlauf der Pandemie verändert? Welche Therapiemaßnahmen können bei Long COVID helfen? Zu den Langzeitfolgen der Corona-Pandemie erheben niedersächsische Forscher*innen aus Göttingen, Hannover und Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel im Verbund…
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International research team of astronomers including Göttingen University use “dynamical method” to discover small black hole
Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), astronomers including the University of Göttingen have discovered a small black hole outside the Milky Way by looking at how it influences the motion of a nearby star. This is the first time this detection method has been used to reveal the presence of a black hole outside our galaxy. The method could be key to finding hidden black holes in the Milky Way and nearby…
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Research team led by University of Göttingen investigates the importance of “tight junctions” for cell movement
The ability of cells to move together in harmony is crucial for numerous biological processes in our body, for example wound healing, or the healthy development of an organism. This movement is made possible by the connections between individual cells. These connections, in turn, are established by various protein molecules which transfer the necessary forces and information between neighbouring cells. A research team led by the University of…
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Male and female Guinea baboons are equally successful at leading the group
The sun rises over the Senegalese savannah. The Guinea baboons have spent the night on their sleeping trees and set off together to forage. In order to depart simultaneously as a group and roam together during the day, the animals have to coordinate well. Researchers from the German Primate Center (DPZ) – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research have studied which animals lead the group and how they decide when and in which direction to set off.…
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Göttingen University research team examines interplay of attitude and eating habits in German citizens
Climate change is now attracting enormous media attention and, in particular, affects the future of young people. Many factors have an influence on the climate. One of them, which consumers can control, is their own diet. A research team from the University of Göttingen has investigated awareness of climate change in conjunction with young people's individual food choices. The results were published in the journal Cleaner and Responsible…
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UMG für Intensivmedizinversorgung von COVID Patienten besser gerüstet
Nach nur 7 Monaten Bauzeit hat jetzt hat das neue Intensivmedizingebäude (IMG) der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (UMG) seinen Betrieb aufgenommen. Eingezogen mit ihren Intensivbetten sind zunächst die Intensivstationen 0119 komplett und 0116 anteilig mit vier Betten. Gleichzeitig nimmt das IMG schwererkrankte COVID-19 Patient*innen auf. Das neue Intensivmedizingebäude ist ein wichtiger Meilenstein für die UMG: Erstmals seit fast 45 Jahren wurde…
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International research team including Göttingen University sequence whole genome of quillwort
The quillwort is an aquatic plant belonging to an ancient lineage of vascular plants, meaning plants that have tissues to transport water, sap and nutrients. This lineage diverged from the other vascular plants more than 400 million years ago. A large international research team, including the University of Göttingen, have now sequenced the whole genome of this curious plant, uncovering the secrets of its unique method of photosynthesis, as well…
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A new study in Science Advances analyses the mitigation of infectious disease outbreaks.
It shows that recurrent strict lockdowns are not necessary for long-term control of pandemics – as long as moderate precautionary measures are sustained. The researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) investigated which measures are required under which conditions to avoid strict lockdowns. They conclude that long-term policies and individual compliance ultimately determine if pandemic control can be…
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First Light for the scientific instruments of Sunrise III: The balloon-borne solar observatory prepares for its next research flight.
The solar observatory Sunrise III, which will observe the Sun from a helium balloon at an altitude of 35 kilometers, has reached an important milestone: today scientists and engineers at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany performed measurements with sunlight for the first time. For the so-called hang test, the huge gate of the MPS balloon hall opened to allow the observatory to look directly into the Sun. The test…
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