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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
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- Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement Science
- Faculty of Business Administration (Hamburg Business School)
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.
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1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Hamburg (UHH) published between 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.
Highlight of the month
Decisions driven by observing others
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Distinct yet interacting brain regions drive individual and socially-influenced decisions.
People make decisions based on personal experiences (direct learning) and lessons learned from observing others (social learning), but the brain networks involved were unclear.
Researchers from the University of Hamburg conducted a reward-driven game where players chose between two photos and placed a bet on their decision. They were then shown the photos the other four players and were given the opportunity to change their decision and bet if desired. Typically, players switched when most opinions differed from theirs or raised their bets when others agreed.
Magnetic resonance imaging of players clearly revealed two brain regions responsible for direct learning (the ventromedial prefrontal cortex) and social learning (the anterior cingulate cortex). It also showed that they interact via a central region that uses both types of learning to make a decision.
Social learning is a crucial element during changing times as uncertain people are more inclined to take cues from others.
- Scientific Advances 6, eabb4159 (2020). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abb4159
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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share
- 28.75% Domestic
- 71.25% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (231 total)
- University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany
- Domestic institution
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
Max Planck Society, Germany
Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), Germany
Leibniz Association, Germany
Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany
University of Kiel (CAU), Germany
RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany
Charité - University Medicine Berlin, Germany
Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany
Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany
Top 10 international collaborators by Share (2009 total)
- University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA)
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia
University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK)
Stanford University, United States of America (USA)
Sorbonne University, France
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), United States of America (USA)
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- Institut für Experimentalphysik (IEXP), Germany
- Borexino Collaboration, Italy
- Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), Germany
- Center for Mathematical Physics Hamburg, Germany
- Centre for Marine and Climate Research (ZMK), Germany
- Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB), Germany
- DZIF Partner Site Hamburg-Lübeck-Borstel-Riems, Germany
- Double Chooz Collaboration, France
- European Twisted Mass Collaboration (ETM Collaboration), Germany
- GUGC Consortium, Germany
- German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ), Germany
- H1 Collaboration, Germany
- Hamburg Center for Experimental Therapy Research (HEXT), Germany
- Human Brain Project (HBP), Switzerland
- International Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging and Structural Dynamics (IMPRS-UFAST), Germany
- International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), Germany
- Joint Laboratory for Structural Biology of Infection and Inflammation, Germany
- KlimaCampus Hamburg, Germany
- Leibniz Research Alliance INFECTIONS´21, Germany
- Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP), Germany
- The CMS Collaboration, Switzerland
- The H.E.S.S. Collaboration, Germany
- The LAGUNA-LBNO Collaboration, Switzerland
- The OPERA Collaboration, Italy
- The Pierre Auger Collaboration, Argentina
- The ZEUS Collaboration, Germany
- WASA-at-COSY Collaboration, Sweden
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