Research at the Göttingen Campus
Interdisciplinary research in all knowledge domains is carried out among a network of university and non-university research institutions, centers and networks. The Göttingen Campus Council identifies new key research areas and initiates central projects, further promoting greater integration among member institutions. The close proximity of the institutes, laboratories and libraries on campus is yet another feature facilitating cooperation and inspiring the discourse of new ideas across disciplines.
Highly collaborative, joint research projects are carried out by campus partners through a variety of funding programs, such as:
Proposals for Clusters of Excellence
The University of Göttingen and its Göttingen Campus affiliates are in the running for grant money from the Excellence Strategy funded by the German Federal and State Governments. In early April of 2017, the University submitted six draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence. It has now been allowed to submit full proposals for four clusters.
The topics are:
- Multiscale Bioimaging
The grant objective of the Cluster “Multiscale Bioimaging: From Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells” is to understand the structural and resultant functional properties of excitable cardiac and cerebral cells across several length scales. New biophysical techniques, most importantly innovative imaging methods, need to be developed to accomplish this objective. The evidence gathered can then be used to devise novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to treating diseases of the heart and brain. Project spokespersons are Professor Tobias Moser, neuroscientist at the University Medical Centre Göttingen, Professor Claudia Steinem, chemist at Göttingen University and Professor Patrick Cramer, molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.
- Primate Cognition
The grant objective of the Cluster “Primate Cognition – Information Integration in a Complex Social World” is to obtain a better understanding of the mechanisms dictating social behaviour and cognition in humans and non-human primates. To accomplish this objective, behavioural, hormonal and neurophysiological data will be collected from individuals in social interactions observed under a wide range of conditions from the field to the lab, and then evaluated using innovative methods. Professor Julia Fischer, with a joint appointment in primate cognition at Göttingen University and the German Primate Centre, is the project spokesperson. She is being supported by Professor Hannes Rakoczy, Professor Annekathrin Schacht and Professor Stefan Treue.
- The Making and Unmaking of the Religious
The Cluster “The Making and Unmaking of the Religious” aims to conduct basic research on the practices of religious border mapping as reflected by various historical periods and cultural contexts. The boundaries between religious and non-religious spheres will be studied alongside inter- and intrareligious differences. Our understanding of current religious reconfigurations should be fostered by an intertwining of global and transregional research with historical comparative perspectives and intense interdisciplinary collaboration between the humanities and social sciences. Project spokespersons are Professor Matthias Koenig, religion sociologist, Professor Hedwig Röckelein, historian, and Professor Ran Hirschl, Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Comparative Constitutionalism at Göttingen University.
- Integrative Land Use Science for Sustainable Development
The Cluster “Integrative Land Use Science for Sustainable Development (LUSci)” links forestry and agricultural research whilst focusing on global problems of land use, primarily in developing and transition countries. The objective here is to study how to make land use sustainable. The research will cover a spectrum from soil composition to climate influences. Project spokespersons are Professor Edzo Veldkamp, forestry scientist, Professor Bernhard Brümmer, agricultural economist, and the ecologist Professor Kerstin Wiegand at Göttingen University.
The full proposals for Cluster grants will be submitted by 21 February 2018; the final funding decision will be announced in September 2018.
Key Research Foci
- Functional Principles of Living Matter: Life at the Nanoscale
- Fundamental Processes of Energy Conversion at Interfaces
- The Making and Unmaking of the Religious
- Physics to Medicine
- Primate Cognition: From Information Integration to Decision-Making
- The Sun, Stars, and Habitable Worlds
- Sustainable Land Use Systems