"Blumenberg Lectures“: Metaphors of Community Spirit – Contesting Common Ground

International experts will address various social and political issues in the exhibition
Blumenberg Lectures 2017<address>© WWU</address>

The University of Münster (WWU), in cooperation with the artistic directors of the Skulptur Projekte, will present the “Blumenberg Lectures” during the exhibition period. In this series of ten lectures international experts will address various social and political issues in the exhibition and discuss them from the perspective of their own disciplines.

Chemists receive Awards

International Precious Metal Institute honors Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius and PhD-student Johannes Ernst
PhD-student Johannes Ernst (l.) und Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© WWU/AK Glorius</address>
© WWU/AK Glorius

Two chemists from Münster receive awards from the International Precious Metals Institute: Prof. Frank Glorius, from the Organic Chemistry Institute, will receive the Faculty Advisor Award. His PhD-student Johannes Ernst will be awarded a Student Award.

Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence funds five innovative projects by young researchers

50,000 euros for junior researchers
Chemist Rebecca Buchholz (left) and physician Dr. Max Masthoff (right) are receiving funding for their first independent research project. They are developing a new contrast agent for MRI images<address>© CiM/Jean-Marie Tronquet</address>
© CiM/Jean-Marie Tronquet

Usually, interdisciplinary research is especially innovative. This is why the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence is funding five new pilot projects. Young researchers from several different disciplines have to apply for and implement the projects, for which they are themselves responsible.

"And keep your trousers on, Maximilian!"

Psychologist Prof. Regina Jucks reports on the opportunities and challenges of being a parent at the University of Münster
Prof. Regina Jucks<address>© WWU - Benedikt Weischer</address>
© WWU - Benedikt Weischer

Regina Jucks is Professor and Mother of two children. She reports on the daily challenges between work and family.

New project for enhanced salt tolerance in tomato plants

BMBF supports German-Brazilian research project with around €1.1 million
The fruits of the salt tolerant wild tomato are yellow-colored …<address>© Lázaro Peres/USP</address>
© Lázaro Peres/USP

Scientists of the University of Münster (WWU) have started a German-Brazilian research project implementing two systematic approaches to better understand mechanisms of salt tolerance in tomato plants and to generate tomato lines with enhanced salt tolerance. The BMBF supports this project.

Between going to lectures and changing nappies

"It was a conscious decision of ours to start a family while we were still students"
<address>© WWU - Kathrin Nolte</address>
© WWU - Kathrin Nolte

Anna Gerding, 29, is studying English and French at the University of Münster, training to be a teacher. Some of her lecturers are surprised when she asks for an extension of a deadline because she has a child.

International award for Münster University biophysicist

“Human Frontier Science Program”: Prof. Timo Betz and international colleagues receive €1 million of funding
Biophysicist Prof. Timo Betz is delighted at the international research funding.<address>© CiM/Peter Leßmann</address>
© CiM/Peter Leßmann

Prof. Timo Betz is studying the mechanics of cells at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence. For his research he has now received a prestigious research award from the “Human Frontier Science Program”. Together with colleagues from the USA and Canada he is receiving one million euros of funding.

Between nappies and science

In a workshop held at University of Münster, young scientists looked at their role as a father
Bernd Christmann with his daughter Karla<address>© WWU/Juliette Polenz</address>
© WWU/Juliette Polenz

In this interview with Juliette Polenz, Bernd Christmann, a research assistant at the University and a 37-year-old father, talks about the content of the workshop and the ideas it gave him.

Planetologists at University of Münster receive further funding for Mercury mission

German Aerospace Center provides 2.6 million euros for infrared spectrometer MERTIS
The researcher: Prof. Dr. Harald Hiesinger, Dr. Iris Weber und Dr. Andreas Morlok<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

The team headed by planetologist Prof. Harald Hiesinger from the University of Münster will be involved in the BepiColombo space mission which sets off for the planet Mercury in 2018. The German Aerospace Centre has now made a further 2.6 million euros available for Hiesinger’s MERTIS project to study the mineralogy of Mercury.

Joint project on 4D-imaging in medicine gets off the ground

Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds project to develop new mathematical methods / University of Münster coordinates the project
Medical imaging is an important tool for diagnosis and treatment (here: MRT image of a human brain)<address>©</address>

“Four-dimensional imaging” is becoming increasingly important for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases. A new joint project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Science now aims to improve the methods of “4D-imaging”. Project coordinator is Prof. Martin Burger, a mathematician at the University of Münster.

Defying the skills shortage with family-friendly HR policies

The Family-Friendly HR Policy Research Centre at Münster University publishes a study on family-friendly measures at Münster University Hospital
<address>© FFP/Caroline Queda</address>
© FFP/Caroline Queda

A study just published, entitled "Balancing career and family with the berufundfamilie audit programme – a case study at Münster University Hospital", asks whether family-friendly measures undertaken by companies can be innovative and, at the same time, a worthwhile social investment.

Chemists connect three components with new coupling reaction

“Science” publication: further development of much-used industrial method
The new reaction, explained using plastic building bricks: In a single reaction, three (bottom) instead of two (top right) chemical components are linked via carbon-carbon bonds. Follow-up changes can then be made to the molecules using the boron moiety (green)<address>© WWU/Ludger Tebben</address>
© WWU/Ludger Tebben

In the current issue of the "Science" magazine, a team of chemists led by Prof. Armido Studer from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at Münster University present a new approach which enables three – and not, as previously, two – chemical components to be "coupled" in one single reaction without any transition metal.

Global Teacher Prize: Münster University lecturer makes it into top ten

Münster University lecturer Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi is the only German finalist in Dubai
Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi as research assistant in the Titus Dittmann Foundation "Skate Aid"<address>© WWU - privat (S.Lehmann)</address>
© WWU - privat (S.Lehmann)

Dr. Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi is a finalist in the competition to find the Global Teacher. The British Varkey Foundation chose the 34-year-old lecturer at Münster University as the only German among the top ten competing for the Global Teacher Prize.

Between research and family

The LabAid programme at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence contributes to equal opportunities in the scientific world
<address>© UKM - Roberto Schirdewahn</address>
© UKM - Roberto Schirdewahn

In their research groups at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, scientists Julia Ghelman and Dr. Eva Korpos are studying how cells behave. Thanks to "LabAid" they were able to continue their research work while they were pregnant and after their children were born.

Researchers investigate mechanical features of cells

An optical method for cell analysis and manipulation in the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence
Fluorescent beads (green) in a one-day old zebrafish embryo. The beads injected at the one-cell stage were maintained within the embryos and did not affect their development.<address>© Hörner et al./Journal of Biophotonics</address>
© Hörner et al./Journal of Biophotonics

Using an optical method, researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have investigated the mechanical features of cells in living zebrafish embryos and manipulated, for the first time, several components in the cells simultaneously. The study appears in the Journal of Biophotonics.