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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

The University of Göttingen profits from steadily expanding collaborative networks with local non-university research institutions.

These networks encompass the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, the German Primate Centre, the German Aerospace Centre, the MPIs for Biophysical Chemistry, for Dynamics and Self-Organisation, for Experimental Medicine, for Solar System Research, and for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (the MPIs host a total of 25 departments), the Laser Laboratorium Göttingen, and, located at a somewhat greater distance, the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel.

These on-site partners form an exceptionally vital cooperative alliance in research and teaching, unique in Germany for its breadth and depth. Elements already long proven in their success include joint Collaborative Research Centres (CRC), RTGs, joint professorial appoint-ments (currently three professorships with the MPIs, seven with the German Primate Centre, and one with the German Aerospace Centre) and jointly run facilities. More recently, the University has adopted the policy to create joint research centres with major funding from third-party grants. Examples include the DFG Research Centre Molecular Physiology of the Brain (2002) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience (2005), funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the Cluster of Excellence Microscopy at the Nanometer Range (2006). The European Neuroscience Institute is the only institute in Germany that is operated jointly by a university and the Max Planck Society.

It is dedicated to the promotion of independent young scientists who are embedded in both local and international networks. The international Master/Ph.D. programmes Molecular Biology and Neurosciences constitute parts of Max Planck Research Schools. They serve as blueprints for the development of the University’s Graduate Schools. Within these programmes, University and non-university scientists teach and examine with equal status. Examples of successful joint operation of infrastructure are a joint data processing facility, and a large jointly-run animal facility. The research foci in the neurosciences and biosciences, developed in tandem with our partner research institutions, now stand for the University’s profile.

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