The so-called affiliated institutes form the link between the university and the working world. They are independent institutions, externally funded, and they maintain close links with the research being carried out in the university’s departments. They are also involved in training young researchers.
The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine is one of 79 research institutes run by the Max Planck Society to promote science. The international team consists of more than 150 researchers from around 15 countries. They include biologists, physicians and physicists.
The International Max Planck Research School- Molecular Biomedicine (IMPRS-MB), a cooperation between Münster University and the institute, is especially worthy of mention. Teaching is coordinated closely with the Graduate School for "Cell Dynamics and Disease" (CEDAD) which is funded jointly by Münster University and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME)
The Fraunhofer Society is the largest organization in Europe for applications-related research. It runs 59 Fraunhofer Institutes at locations throughout Germany, as well as maintaining branches in Europe, the USA, South America, Asia and the Middle East. The University of Münster houses a branch of the Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology.
One focus area of the Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) is the production of proteins used in pharmaceuticals. New types of plant-based processes are to be developed in Münster for the large-scale production of pharmaceutically effective proteins. One other focus area of Münster’s branch of the Fraunhofer Institute is the research topic of bio-polymers.
Münster & Twente: a cross-border European university partnership
The partnership between the Universities of Münster and Twente (Netherlands) offers benefits for both sides. Basic research meets research geared towards practical applications, joint courses of study broaden the students' horizons and associate professorships make academic exchanges possible. University of Twente