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 July 2020 - 30 June 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 July 2020 - 30 June 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
425 84.02

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 178 33.99
Physical Sciences 207 39.10
Chemistry 60 14.98
Earth & Environmental Sciences 32 6.16
1 0.08
3 0.40
1 0.20
8 2.64
1 0.17
2 1.18
1 0.02
1 0.03
5 0.57
1 0.03
5 0.63
Vitamin B12-dependent biosynthesis ties amplified 2-methylhopanoid production during oceanic anoxic events to nitrification.
Causes and consequences of asymmetric lateral plume flow during South Atlantic rifting.
Floristic evidence for alternative biome states in tropical Africa.
Synchrony matters more than species richness in plant community stability at a global scale.
Shape, size, and quantity of ingested external abrasives influence dental microwear texture formation in guinea pigs.
1 0.04
2 0.18

Highlight of the month

Anaesthetics leave impact on brain’s memory centre



Different general anaesthetics affect the brain’s memory centre differently — a finding that will help inform the choice of anaesthetic drug regimens in animal research and clinical practice.

Medications that put people in a sleep-like state before surgery are meant to cause transient memory loss during the period of drug-induced unconsciousness, but long-term memory impairment is an unfortunate side effect of many general anaesthetics.

To understand why, ten University of Hamburg researchers and a collaborator monitored brain activity in mice treated with three drug combinations commonly used to anesthetize lab animals and humans.

Focusing on the hippocampus, a brain region central to memory formation and consolidation, the researchers found that each anaesthetic regimen altered network dynamics and synaptic connectivity in its own way, with impacts on memory storage and performance.

Supported content

  1. PLoS Biology 19, e3001146 (2021). doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001146

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 31.75% Domestic
  • 68.25% 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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