The year is still young and yet a lot has already happened in our “student town” Göttingen. While the pandemic is keeping us in suspense, physicist Professor Metin Tolan has been elected next President of the University of Göttingen. Also, as you already know, there are important changes coming up for Alumni Göttingen. We are happy about the many new members who have already joined the association.

In this newsletter you can find out more about an alumna and her foundation WissenWecken, about our international students who have received financial support during the pandemic thanks to alumni donations, the newly elected President Professor Metin Tolan, the development of an AI-based "moderator" for discussions in social media, the upcoming changes at Alumni Göttingen and the newly emerging museum Forum Wissen. Enjoy reading! You can find more news and stories from the university and from our partners on the Göttingen Campus in CampusPost. In times of Corona, the blog supplements our university newspaper uni|inform.

Stories from the Alumni Network

Preservation of biological diversity
“I am passionate about sustainable land use. I have always loved nature and it is important to me to contribute to the preservation of biological diversity on our planet.” Laura Breitsameter received her PhD from the Center of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use (CBL) at the University of Göttingen. The alumna founded the foundation WissenWecken and it is her mission to promote education, research and communication in the field of sustainable land use and the protection of the biosphere. In an interview, she reports on her plans with the foundation and her studies in Göttingen. Read more

Photo: Laura Breitsameter

Stories of Our Students

"The alumni emergency aid was an enormous help!"
“I am very grateful for this emergency grant that helped me economically. It helped me to feel less stressed and to successfully fulfill my goals”, says Forestry student Micaela Cobo from Ecuador. One year ago, when the pandemic hit us all unexpectedly and hard, our alumni overwhelmed us with their support. We raised over € 90.000 for students in financial need due to the corona crisis and could quickly support numerous Göttingen students. The emergency aid benefited medical student Nancy Shehata from Egypt too and helped her to bridge a really difficult semester: "Especially during the pandemic its harder and harder to get a part time job." International students tell how valuable the emergency aid was to them. Read more

Photo: Privat

News from the University

New President of the University of Göttingen elected
The physicist Professor Metin Tolan will become the next President of the University of Göttingen. Metin Tolan studied physics and mathematics at Kiel University, where he also received his doctorate in 1993. As a postdoc, he conducted research in the USA for several years. In 2001, he accepted a Professorship in Experimental Physics at the Technical University of Dortmund, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Physics from 2004 to 2008. From 2008 to 2020, he was a member of the Rectorate of the TU and, from 2016, also permanent representative of the Rector. Tolan's term of office is expected to begin in April. We are looking forward to the collaboration. Read more

Photo: Jan Vetter

Insight into Research

Discussion and de-escalation in social media
It’s a familiar situation: a compelling discussion develops on Tw­­itter, Facebook or Instagram – it could be about any topic – but instead of working constructively towards a common solution, the tone becomes increasingly aggressive. An international research team led by the #UniversityofGoettingen now wants to develop a "moderator" using artificial intelligence that can recognise hate messages in social media and intervene to de-escalate the situation. The Volkswagen Foundation will fund the project for four years from April 2021 with a total of around 1.5 million euros. Read more

Image: Pixelkult/Pixabay

News from the Alumni Association

One year at Alumni Göttingen: Highlights and Outlook
"Exchange and encounter between alumni and other members of the University are the core of our work. It was immediately clear to us that we would create alternatives and, especially under these circumstances, we wanted to be there for our members," says Asmik Kostandian about her job during the pandemic-year 2020. She has been working as the first permanent employee at Alumni Göttingen for a year now. In the interview, our Network Manager and Association Developer tells how she experienced the first year and what news association members can look forward to in the coming months. Read more

Photo: Alumni Göttingen

What's going on in Göttingen?

"These are museums that are really fun"
Göttingen is the city that creates knowledge. But how is knowledge actually created? This question should be answered in the “Forum Wissen” of the University of Göttingen. The focus is not on research results, but on the process of creating knowledge. It should not be an ordinary natural science museum, but one that overcomes subject boundaries. The regional broadcasting channel NDR was on a visit and did a little inspection of the construction site with project manager Dr. Marie Luisa Allemeyer. Video in German

Screenshot: NDR, Hallo Niedersachsen

How Can I Get Involved?

We would like to invite you to pass on some of your experience, your know-how and your successes to your University and to today's generation of students. Whether with your personal story, a talk, workshop, as a mentor or with a donation – the possibilities are numerous. Learn more

Cooperate with the University
Alumni Göttingen is your bridge to the University. Contact our team, we will be happy to put you in touch with the right contact person in your Alma Mater.

Photo: Frank Stefan Kimmel

Alumni Online Events and Content

Not yet a member of the Alumni Göttingen association?

Do you know other Alumni of the University of Göttingen and would like to support the Alumni Göttingen association? If you manage to advertise an Alumnus or an Alumna for the Alumni association who becomes a paying member, you will receive a hand-made and fairly produced Gänseliesel-chocolate by mail to thank you. Aktion „Alumni werben Alumni“.

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