Universität Hamburg (UHH)


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 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

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 May 2020 - 1 April 2021 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
457 84.97

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 242 40.51
Life Sciences 174 33.93
Chemistry 61 14.22
Earth & Environmental Sciences 34 5.43

Highlight of the month

Tropical bats hibernate to beat the heat

© 945ontwerp/E+/Getty Images

© 945ontwerp/E+/Getty Images

On hot days, bats in the tropics undergo a form of hibernation to conserve water and safely deal with higher body temperatures.

While hibernation is normally associated with animals living in cold climates, two researchers from Universität Hamburg in Germany have discovered that the Malagasy bat uses the same approach of reducing its metabolic rate, and therefore water consumption, to cope with extremes of heat.

On warm days, the bats undergo short ‘hot torpor’ bouts in between periods of normal metabolic activity. But on hot days, they remain in this hot-torpor state for longer, allowing their body temperature to rise significantly without trying to cool it.

However, if the ambient temperature becomes too high, the bats’ body temperature can rise to lethal levels, which could pose a greater risk in a warming world.

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  1. Proceedings Royal Society B 288, 20202059 (2021). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.2059

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 28.8% Domestic
  • 71.2% 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.

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