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Welcome to the website of the biology unit at Osnabrück University! Our research activities cover a wide range of biological disciplines. Our range of courses includes both research-oriented and teaching-oriented courses, in which basic principles from the entire spectrum of biology are taught.

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People stand in the rainforest house of the botanical garden and look at a man who is apparently explaining something.

The Lower Saxony State Seminar of the International Biology Olympiad hosted in Osnabrück


On January 11 and 12, the Department of Biology/Chemistry hosted the Lower Saxony state seminar for the third round of the International Biology Olympiad. A varied programme awaited the twelve participating students, including a guided tour around the Center for Cellular Nanoanalytics (CellNanOs), a visit to the Botanical Garden's rainforest house and plenty of time to get hands-on in the Explain-OS student laboratory.

Learning about adaptation from bryophytes: DFG funds priority programme for a further three years


As part of a joint project, Prof. Dr. Sabine Zachgo, Dr. Felix Althoff and Lara Canova from the RG Botany investigate how plants adapted to life on land. The findings are particularly valuable with regard to current climate change – because its effects also confront plants with drastically altered environmental conditions. The good news: The German Research Foundation is funding the priority programme for a further three years.

Throwback at the New Year's event: These were the best Master's theses of 2023


Osnabrück Biology awarded prizes for the three best Master's theses of the previous year in the categories "biochemical-molecular" and "organismic" as part of its New Year celebrations. The prizes were donated by the Biology department and the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM). We warmly congratulate Kai, Fabio and Sabrina!

World’s Top 2 % Scientists: Osnabrück Biology researchers are among the most cited in their fields


How influential the work of scientists is can be seen, among other things, by how often it is taken up in the scientific community. In order to create comparability in this respect, a team led by John Ioannidis from Stanford University regularly publishes a standardised list in Elsevier with the most frequently cited researchers. The current edition includes nine names of current and former Osnabrück Biology researchers.

From the lecture hall to the savannah: Master's students on an excursion in South Africa


In the summer semester of 2023, twelve master's students from Osnabrück Biology travelled to South Africa as part of the excursion module in Behavioural Biology. Led by Prof. Dr. Chadi Touma, the group spent two weeks exploring the "Mammal Research Institute" at the University of Pretoria, the "Mogalakwena Research Centre," the "Pilanesberg National Park," and the "Ukutula Conservation Centre".

Big number for the new year: the learning lab welcomes its 15,000th pupil


Osnabrück Biology set a new record right at the start of the year: The now 15,000th student has taken part in a course at the experimental teaching-learning laboratory "Explain-OS" under the direction of PD Dr. Knut Jahreis. This means that the learning laboratory has now been an essential extracurricular learning location in the greater Osnabrück area for 16 years.

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"Jungle Green" - Propagation and culture of indoor plants

Guided by: Marion Lange und Mareike Woltring
Location: Botanical Garden, Winter House
Time: 08.03.2024, 5 - 7 pm

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Our research

Our research profile covers a wide range of biological disciplines. Here you will find an overview of the different research groups.


Our curriculum includes both research and teaching-oriented courses that teach fundamentals from across the spectrum of biology.

Science goes public

At the "Osnabrücker Wissensforum", researchers from the university answer questions from interested citizens. Here you can find a selection of contributions of Osnabrück Biology scientists.

University & schools

For many years, the Biology unit at Osnabrück University has supported schools in designing modern biology lessons with the two projects "Explain-OS" and "NaT-Working-OS".