Press Review


Although the announcments are in English, most links are in German!


29. March 2016 upm/ch

Hospital hygienists' fear
Scientists from Münster and Nottingham decode bacterial enzyme / Possible therapeutic approach to tackle infections from hospital germs
Microbiologists at the Universities of Münster and Nottingham, in England, have analysed an enzyme which might play an important role in the treatment of infections from the hospital germ pseudomonas aeruginosa. They have decoded the three-dimensional structure of the enzyme and revealed its function...


20. August 2015 upm

Multi-talented – and made from shrimp shells

Scientists meet in Münster for the world’s largest Chitin and Chitosan Conference / August 30 to September 2

Chitosan is a real all-rounder – a sustainable raw material with very useful properties. For example: the substance obtained from chitin stimulates the immune system. It has an antibacterial effect, is moisture-regulating and blood-staunching. Nano-particles from chitosan have the potential for future applications: they can guide drug substances to their target cells, even overcoming tissue barriers in the process...



08. January 2014 upm

Start of the EU-funden project "Nano3Bio"

University of Münster coordinates the international team working on biotechnological production of raw materials

Renewable reources gain more and more importance and will gain even more in the future. Thus, researchers all over the world search for a solution to cover the need of raw materials and protect our environment simultanously. The working group of Prof. Bruno Moerschbacher is significantly involved in the coordination and research of the international team...


18. October 2013 upm

Evolution - interdisciplinary thoughts

The graduate school of the University of Münster invites you to a lecture series starting on the 23. October.


16. October 2013 upm

Animals in Science

Lecture series starts on the 24. October at the University of Münster.


15. October 2013 upm

Forever young

Cooperation project between the University of Münster and the Frauenhofer-Institute is nominated for international awards

The nomination for an award of the "Institute of Chemical Engineers" is an outstanding honor and the cooperation project of the University of Münster and the Frauenhofer-Institute even managed to be nominated in two different categories...


29. July 2013 upm

For a longer live

Biologists of the University of Münster have been awarded with 40000 € for research in the field of cystic fibrosis

If patients get the diagnosis cystic fibrosis it means also that they probably will die early. Thus, researchers try to develop new strategies of therapy under the responability of Prof. Wolf-Michael Weber...


22. Mai 2013 upm

A piece of sugar for the bacterium

Researchers developed an App / It should facilitate the access to the topic "biology of sugars" for pupils and students...


13. Mai 2013 upm

Study: Experiences influence brain structure

How do living-beings evolve to individuals, who can be distinguished by different brain structuers and behaviour? Researchers from Dresden, Berlin, Münster and Saarbrücken managed to discover a main key to this question...


10. April 2013 upm

Award for Prof. Bornberg-Bauer

Prof. Erich Bornberg-Bauer of the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity has been awarded with the "Human Frontier Science Program" (HFSP) prize. This program supports outstanding and innovative research...


28. März 2013 upm

Searching for the road to success

More than 1 million known insects exist worldwide. What is their secret of success? A german research team, including the group of Prof. Bornberg-Bauer from the Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity at the WWU, investigates this question. Financial support with around 1 million Euro is provided by the Leibniz Society...


12. März 2013 upm

Ranked first in four categories

In the "CHE Hochschulrankings", the WWU has been ranked highly in all four investigated categories concerning diverse faculties. In the category "Internationality" the faculties of Biology, Geography and Geosciences are present in the top flight...


31. Januar 2013 upm

Santander Consumer Bank AG supports Graduate School "Münster Graduate School of Evolution"

The Santander Consumer Bank AG supports universities all around the world. Aim of the cooperation between the bank and the WWU is the financial support of an interdisciplinary project „Evolution Think Tanks" for international PhD students and the support of two positions in the international centre „Die Brücke" and in the „WWU Graduate Centre". Furthermore, 20 scholarships are provided by Santander...


02. Januar 2013 upm

Giant-tobacco plants stay young forever

After a few month tobacco plants bloom and afterwards, they die. Researchers of the Frauenhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology in Münster managed to find a genetic "switch" to arrest plants in their eternal youth. Thus they grow endless - a good source for biomass...


21. Dezember 2012 upm

New project: Plastics derived from green algae

The project "SPLASH" should deliver new strategies for the derivation of plastics from green algae. The EU-commission provides around 9 Million Euro for four years. The working group of Prof. Michael Hippler from the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology will receive 450.000 Euro...


13. September 2012 upm

"Tierpersönlichkeit" -  "Animal Personalities"

"Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" supports ethologists from Münster for further three years

What influence has stress during pregnancy on the embryo and the animal in its adulthood? Can environmental conditions influence behaviour in long term? These and other questions are investigated by the research group supported by the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG). Ethologists from Münster are involved significantly in this research group...


23. Juli 2012 upm

In same ranks with Konrad Lorenz

Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser is member of honour of the Society of Ethology

Now he belongs to the renowned ethologists: Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser, head of the Department of Ethology at the Westphalian Wilhelms-Univesity (WWU) is a new member of the Society of Ethology. With this honour his excellent scientific work is awarded. Together with Norbert Sachser, also Prof. Dr. Fritz Trillmich from the University of Bielefeld was affiliated...


13. Juli 2012 upm

"Better handling of future outbreaks of diseases "

"National research platform for zoonosis" supported of further three years / "Bundesforschungsministerium" supports Münster with 600.000 Euro

With the extension for further three years, the project starts into its second funding period. During this period, further networking of research locations dealing with zoonotic infectious diseases should be realised...


10. Juli 2012 upm

"Host-Parasite-Coevolution" proceeds

DFG supports research focus for further three years / five Million Euro for the project

Good news for the Department of Evolutionary Biology in Münster: The "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG) supports the program "Host-Parasite-Coevolution" for further three years. The program, managed by Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz of the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity of the Westphalian Wilhelms-Univesity (WWU), started in 2008...


4. Juli 2012 upm

Biologists and physicians explore cellular barriers

Wether skin or vessel wall: "Zelluläre Barrieren spielen bei Erkrankungen eine große Rolle", stated Prof. Georg Peters, head of the Institute for Microbiology. The physician is the new speaker of the special study area "Breaking Barriers" (SFB 1009)...


16. Juni 2012 upm

Evolution is part of all our lifes

Symposium of the "Münster Graduate School of Evolution Initiative" gives insight into the evolution of microorganisms responsible for diverse diseases

"Evolution ist Bestandteil unseres Lebens." This statement was given by Prof. Dr. Stephan Ludwig, Vice-Chancellor of Research at the symposium of the "Münster Graduate School of Evolution Initiative", which took place on Tuesday. He announced the lecture of Prof. Dr. Helge Karch, who talked about the evolution of microorganisms...


15. Juni 2012 upm

Success on two counts

Positive vote for two excellence clusters / Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ursula Nelles: "Ein sehr gutes Ergebnis"

Success on two counts for the Westphalian Wilhelms-Univesity (WWU): The committee of the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG) decided to support two excellence clusters "Cells in Motion" (CiM) and "Religion und Politik"...


14. Juni 2012 upm

Viruses and chains of infection

"Münster Graduate School of Evolution Initiative" of the University of Münster invites you to the symposium at the 18. and 19. June

The "Münster Graduate School of Evolution Initiative" invites you to their second symposium at the 18. and 19. June. Beside talks by PhD students of diverse fields of studies like biology, medicine or philosophy, also two guests are invited. For these talks, all who are interested are welcome...


30. Mai 2012 upm

Flatworms and humans

The Faculty of Biology invites you to the Bernhard-Rensch lecture / Leibniz-prize winner Nikolaus Rajewsky gives a talk at the 5. June

The Faculty of Biology invites you to the 33. Bernhard-Rensch lecture. Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Rajewsky of the Max-Delbrück-Centrum for Molecular Medicine in Berlin will talk about his research. He is a renowned scientist in the field of systems biology. To the lecture "Von Plattwürmern und Menschen – Evolution von Stammzellen" everyone who is interested is welcome. It begins at 11.15 o'clock in the Aula of the Schloss, Schlossplatz 2...


24. Mai 2012 upm

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität celebrates "Hattrick"

Success for researchers: The "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG) approves two new special study areas and extends the german-chinese Transregio

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) provides about 19 Million Euro for three projects. A new special study area should be established called "Breaking Barriers – Immunzellen und pathogene Erreger an Zell-/Matrix-Barrieren" and also a new special study area for the Transregio-special study program dealing with the analysis of the disease multiple sclerosis should be initiated. Furthermore, the german-chinese Transregio "Multilevel Molecular Assemblies" is extended...


10. Mai 2012 upm

Crossroads in the brain

Current publication: Researchers explain how crossroads of neurons develop in the brain

Dr. Marc de Lussanet, scientist at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Münster and Prof. Dr. Jan Osse from Wageningen, the Netherlands provide an explanation for the brain's contra-lateral control of the body. They published their results in "Animal Biology"...


2. Mai 2012 upm

Junior-scientists welcome Nobel prize winner

Harald zur Hausen presents at the PhD-meeting / Event of WWU- and MPI-Graduate Schools

PhD students of the WWU and the MPI welcomed today (3. Mai) a celebrity: Nobel prize winner Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen of the "Deutsche Krebsforschungszentrum in Heidelberg" presented his research topic - the development of  cancer by virus infections.
This presentation is part of the 3-day lasting Graduate School Meeting "Cell Dynamics and Disease"...


30. April 2012 upm

Medicine, Sport and Sciences score

University of Münster is highly ranked at the CHE-Hochschulranking

In the current ranking of universities (CHE-Hochschulranking) the University of Münster scores. Students are pleased with the good laboratories of the University and the Faculty of Medicine is highly regarded for their good support...


24. Februar 2012 upm

Dandelion in the park of "Schloss Bellevue"

Biotechnologists from Münster present at the "Woche der Umwelt" / 5. and 6. June in Berlin

The Westphalian Wilhelms-Univesity (WWU) and the branch office of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology in Münster present at the "Woche der Umwelt", which takes place in the park of Schloss Bellevue in Berlin. The team convinced the committee with the project: "Dandelion - a sustainable source for rubber and sugar using industries"...


23. Februar 2012 upm

Ethologists invite you...

Annual conference of the "Ethologischen Gesellschaft" at the Westphalian Wilhelms-Univesity (WWU)

From the 23. February to the 25. February the annual conference with the topic "New Perspectives in Behavioural Development" takes place. Current results are presented and discussed. Topics like early parent-child relationship and its influence on behaviour are subject of this conference...


9. Februar 2012 upm

Young flies smell lovely

Young fruit flies appear more attractive to the other gender / Publication in the "Journal of Experimental Biology"

Old fruit flies smell less attractive than younger ones. This phenomenom was discovered by an international team of researchers guided by Prof. Dr. Scott Pletcher and Dr. Tsung-Han Kuo of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and of the University of Michigan, USA. They could show that the shift in scent plays an important role in this process...


26. Januar 2012 upm

"Will I die at the age of 50?"

Students develop a website where users can check their own DNA for predispositions

If humans could see the future, they could know about future diseases or their timepoint of death...This is not possible in the moment, but experts can already predict the probability for getting certain diseases like cancer. Several enterprises exist, which offer the service of these investigations, but what does that mean and what risks are implied in these new possibilities...


25. Januar 2012 upm

Awarded Biologist

"Heisenberg-Stipendium" for Dr. Sven Bogdan

Privatdozent Dr. Sven Bogdan of the Institute for Neurobiology and Ethology is awarded for an Heisenberg scholarship by the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG)...


12. Dezember 2011 upm

Trilateral Research

Cooperation between Biologists from Germany, Israel and Egypt

The "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (DFG) supports a trilateral project between biologists from Germany, Israel and Egypt. Head of the group is Prof. Dr. Bettina Tudzynski of the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology. The international group analyses molecular methods of plant diseases caused by fungal infections...


6. Dezember 2011 upm

Algae-derived energy

Dr. Leonardo Magneschi is honoured as an Humboldt-scholarship holder

The group of Prof. Dr. Michael Hippler of the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology hosts an italian junior-scientist: Dr. Leonardo Magneschi. This young scientist has awarded a scholarship from the "Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung" and will stay at the University of Münster for the next two years...


17. November 2011 upm

Two out of 40 under 40

Business magazine "Capital" nominates Professor Wiebke Herzog and Professor Frank Glorius as Top-junior scientists

The Businesss magazine "Capital" nominated two researchers from Münster as junior-scientists 2011: Prof. Dr. Wiebke Herzog of the Faculty of Biology and Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius of the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Münster...


16. November 2011 upm

Heat wave observable in genes

A heat wave can be detected within the genes - at least in sea weed. This phenomenom was demonstrated by researchers of the University of Kiel and the University of Münster...


11. Oktober 2011 upm

Armed against stress

A new project in Plant Biotechnology / BMBF-sponsorship

The "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung" (BMBF) supports the project with about 1.6 Million Euro. Especially for successful agriculture, questions like "how does a plant deal with unfavourable environmental conidtions?" or "how does a plant deal with stress, draught or salty soil?" are important to investigate.
The group of Prof. Dr. Jörg Kudla of the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology of the Westphalian Wilhelms-Univesity (WWU) is involved in this project...


2. August 2011 upm

Revitalization for education

Didact of Biology, Prof. Dr. Marcus Hammann nominated for "Polytechnik-Preis"

Prof. Dr. Marcus Hammann, head of the Centre for Didactis of Biology at the Westphalian Wilhelms-Univesity (WWU) Münster, is nominated for the "Polytechnik-Preis" given by the "Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main". They appreciate that his research promotes the revitalization of the education of biology...


5. Juli 2011 DRadio Wissen

Wheat fungus

An interview with Bruno Moerschbacher, Professor at the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the Westphalian Wilhelms-Univesity (WWU) Münster...