An important problem in algebra is the study of algebraic objects

defined over fields and how they behave under field extensions,

for example the Brauer group of a field, Galois cohomology groups

over fields, Milnor K-theory of a field, or the Witt ring of bilinear

forms over

a field. Of particular interest is the determination

of the kernel of the restriction map when passing to a field extension.

We will give an overview over some known results concerning the

kernel of the restriction map from the Witt ring of a field to the

Witt ring of an extension field. Over fields of characteristic

not two, general results are rather sparse. In characteristic two,

we have a much more complete picture. In this talk, I will

explain the full solution to this problem for extensions that are

given by function fields of hypersurfaces over fields of

characteristic two. An important tool is the study of the

behaviour of differential forms over fields of positive

characteristic under field extensions. The result for

Witt rings in characteristic two then follows by applying earlier

results by Kato, Aravire-Baeza, and Laghribi. This is joint

work with Andrew Dolphin.