Universität Hamburg (UHH)

Germany

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts with partners inside and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

Excellent research

Universität Hamburg boasts numerous interdisciplinary research projects in a broad range of fields and an extensive partner network with leading research and higher education institutions on a regional, national, and international scale. As part of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments, Universität Hamburg has been granted clusters of excellence for 4 core research areas: CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter (photon and nanosciences), Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS) (climate research), Understanding Written Artefacts (manuscript research), and Quantum Universe (mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology). An equally important core research area is Infection Research, in which researchers investigate the structure, dynamics, and mechanisms of infection processes to promote the development of new treatment methods and therapies.

Outstanding variety: over 170 degree programs

For its more than 43,000 students, Universität Hamburg offers approximately 170 degree programs within its 8 faculties:

A century of history

Opened in 1919, Universität Hamburg was the first democratically founded university in Germany. Nobel Prize winners such as Otto Stern, Wolfgang Pauli, and Isidor Rabi were active at the University. Other well-known scholars also taught here, such as Ernst Cassirer, Erwin Panofsky, Aby Warburg, William Stern, Agathe Lasch, Magdalene Schoch, Emil Artin, Ralf Dahrendorf, and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, to name but a few.

Career opportunities

Universität Hamburg encourages excellent researchers and talented students to join the institution’s vibrant academic community. Find all career opportunities on the University’s job portal.

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Hamburg (UHH) published between 1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
441 79.32

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 165 28.91
Physical Sciences 231 38.55
Earth & Environmental Sciences 37 6.37
Chemistry 62 12.88

Highlight of the month

Ultrahigh interaction between material and light

© Qi Yang/Moment/Getty Images

© Qi Yang/Moment/Getty Images

A crystal composed of gold nanoparticles has realized the strongest coupling with light of any material to date. The material could find use in future computers that are based on light.

Usually, light only interacts weakly with matter, so that it doesn’t change the properties of a material.

Now, a team that included two researchers from Hamburg University has succeeded in making a material that interacts so strongly with light that it isn’t possible to treat light as a mere perturbation. Rather, light alters the material’s physical properties. This meant that to understand colour and other physical properties of the crystal, the researchers had to factor in light in their calculations.

Photons passing through the crystal interacted so strongly with electrons that the photons and electrons act as if they were a new particle.

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  1. Nature 583, 780–784 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2508-1

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2019 - 30 November 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 23.54% Domestic
  • 76.46% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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