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The University of Göttingen is an internationally renowned research university with a long tradition. Founded in the Age of Enlightenment in 1737, it is committed to the values of social responsibility of science, democracy, tolerance and justice. As a full university with 13 faculties, it covers a differentiated spectrum of subjects in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences as well as medicine. With around 30,000 students spread across 198 degree programmes, it is one of the largest universities in Germany.

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Photo gallery: March for Science 2018

The University of Göttingen again supported this year's March for Science. After the warm-up at the Gänseliesel, Mayor Rolf-Georg Köhler kicked-off the march leading to the University's main campus at Platz der Göttinger Sieben, where there were more speakers.

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Reversed evolution

Metallic glasses and humans inhabit the same universe: they age. In time, their physical properties change towards a distinct direction. Researchers from the University of Göttingen and the European Synchrotron ESRF in Grenoble have now discovered a surprising effect in ultrastable metallic glasses. When subjected to typical aging conditions, this new class of metallic glasses evolved inversely – they showed anti-aging.

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Award for doctoral thesis in religious studies

Religious anthropologist Dr. Stefan Binder from the University of Göttingen has received the Gerardus van der Leeuw Prize 2018. The Netherlands Society for Religious Studies (NGG) awarded him the prize for the most “original and innovative” doctoral thesis. Binder completed his dissertation on atheism in South India in 2017 at Utrecht University and is now a research fellow at Göttingen University’s Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS).

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Earlier flowering of modern winter wheat cultivars

Researchers from the University of Göttingen together with colleagues from the University of Bonn investigated how the flowering day of winter wheat has changed within the last 60 years. They showed that higher temperatures as well as plant breeding both contribute to the trend towards earlier flowering.

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Locomotion control with photopigments

Animal photoreceptors capture light with photopigments. Researchers from the University of Göttingen have now discovered that these photopigments fulfill an additional function: They not only exist in eyes, but also in mechanoreceptors along the body, where they control body movements.

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Universität Göttingen kooperiert mit Kreishandwerkerschaft Südniedersachsen

Zu einem wohl einzigartigen Vorhaben hat sich die Kreishandwerkerschaft mit der Universität Göttingen für das Jahr 2019 verabredet: Gemeinsam wollen die Partner den in Südniedersachsen etablierten Handwerkerball noch weiter aufwerten und ihn deshalb bereits 2019 erstmals zusammen als „Handwerker- und Universitätsball Göttingen“ veranstalten.

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