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.
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 180 degree programs
For its more than 44,000 students, Universität Hamburg offers approximately 170 degree programs within its 8 faculties:
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences
- 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 physicist Klaus Hasselmann in 2021, 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 September 2020 - 31 August 2021
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Hamburg (UHH) published between 1 September 2020 - 31 August 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.
Outputs by subject (Share)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||26||4.70|
Highlight of the month
Optogenetic tool offers rheostat-like control of brain activity
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A new optogenetic tool that can both silence and activate a defined population of brain cells in the same experiment could open up a new world of precision neuroscience research.
Optogenetics is a powerful tool for determining the functions of brain regions. It uses laser light to either activate or deactivate neurons. Unfortunately, it is sometimes not possible to excite and inhibit the same neurons in one experiment.
Now, scientists at the University of Hamburg and elsewhere have developed a method that employs two light-sensitive proteins — one turns neurons on in response to red light and the other turns them off in response to blue light.
The researchers demonstrated the potential of their method in model organisms. In worms and fly larvae, for example, they manipulated the activity of motor neurons, leading to muscle contraction and relaxation, while in mice and ferrets they modulated neurons in the brain to control functions such as pupil dilation and sensory processing.
- Nature Communications 12, 4527 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-24759-5
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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share
- 31.63% Domestic
- 68.37% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (219 total)
- University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany
- Domestic institution
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
Max Planck Society, Germany
Leibniz Association, Germany
Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), Germany
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany
Humboldt University of Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany
RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen), Germany
Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany
Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin), Germany
University of Kiel (CAU), Germany
Top 10 international collaborators by Share (2059 total)
- University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), United States of America (USA)
National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France
Uppsala University (UU), Sweden
University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands
Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia
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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