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 June 2020 - 31 May 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 June 2020 - 31 May 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
446 88.22

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 63 14.14
Physical Sciences 233 42.58
Life Sciences 171 35.02
Earth & Environmental Sciences 34 5.80
1 0.08
3 0.40
1 0.20
7 1.91
1 0.17
3 1.30
1 0.02
6 0.68
Timescales of the permafrost carbon cycle and legacy effects of temperature overshoot scenarios
Substantial decrease in CO2 emissions from Chinese inland waters due to global change
Large deep-sea zooplankton biomass mirrors primary production in the global ocean
Plant species determine tidal wetland methane response to sea level rise
Global temperature modes shed light on the Holocene temperature conundrum
Bacterial symbionts support larval sap feeding and adult folivory in (semi-)aquatic reed beetles
2 0.07
5 0.63
2 0.15
2 0.18

Highlight of the month

Gamblers play it safe

© Raymundo Guerrero/EyeEm/Getty Images

© Raymundo Guerrero/EyeEm/Getty Images

Compulsive gamblers are less likely to explore new, untested strategies than people who don’t suffer from gambling disorder.

When selecting a restaurant or holiday location, a person can choose a tried and tested one or they can take a risk and try a new one. While the first strategy is a safe bet, it limits the ability to make new discoveries.

Now, three researchers at Universität Hamburg have compared the strategies employed by 23 habitual gamblers with 23 control subjects when presented with four options involving varying levels of risk in the so-called four-armed bandit task. They found that compulsive gamblers were more likely to stick with proven options during the experiment than the control subjects.

The researchers suspect that this difference in behaviour is related to the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Supported content

  1. Journal of Neuroscience 41, 2512–2522 (2021). doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1607-20.2021

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 June 2020 - 31 May 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 29.54% Domestic
  • 70.46% 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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