Multiscale Imaging Centre

Imaging experts from various faculties under one roof

Photos

September 2019: The idea becomes reality! On the left the architectural design for our research building and on the right a current view of the construction site.
© Gerber Architekten / Erk Wibberg
  • June 2019: The outside façade of the Multiscale Imaging Centre is almost completely clinkered now. This is a view of the west face, looking from the south-west ...
    © WWU/Erk Wibberg
  • … and from the north-west.
    © WWU/Erk Wibberg
  • January 2019: Having built a laboratory prototype, the planning team is finalizing the last details concerning the equipment to be installed in the labs. Of particular importance are functionality and safety issues.
    © WWU / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • As to the lab’s appearance, the floor covering will be anthracite, and a glass front will separate the documentation zone with PC work stations (foreground) from the lab area.
    © WWU / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • The building’s exterior has also changed its appearance further. The photo shows a view from Röntgenstraße, on which the main entrance will be located (view from the south-west).
    © WWU / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • The building’s façade will have the clinker brick design typical of the Münsterland region (view of Röntgenstraße from the south-east).
    © WWU / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • September 2018: Workers put the first windows into the façade of the Multiscale Imaging Centre.
    © CiM / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • Construction work in one of the atriums inside the building
    © CiM / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • This atrium, open to the sky, lets in the daylight for the adjacent rooms.
    © CiM / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • A further atrium will be covered with a glass roof later.
    © CiM / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • A view from the second floor, showing the two atriums on the right and the left
    © CiM / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • The future laboratory area
    © CiM / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • The auditorium, in which lectures will be given and symposiums held
    © CiM / Foto: E. Wibberg
  • June 2018: a bird's eye view of the building site
    © Gerber Architekten
  • April 2018: With the addition of a second crane, the shell construction is growing upwards fast. The workers on the site are currently completing the first storey. Three more are to follow.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • The atrium in the interior of the building takes shape. At the moment it provides space for the base of the second crane.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • The building workers use prefabricated components to make the formwork for the many shafts for technical equipment and lifts.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • The shell construction of the auditorium has already been completed. In future, it will have space for almost 200 people.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • February 2018: The basement on the west side is finished. The precision mechanics workshop will be in these rooms later.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • The ground floor is also taking shape. There, the construction workers are currently building a stable floor slab.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • Many steel struts increase the tensile strength of the concrete and thus stabilize the building. The free space in the middle will form the atrium.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • In the meantime, two cranes have also started operation.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • November 2017: The basement on the north side of the Multiscale Imaging Centre has been given an especially thick concrete foundation.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • The reason is that a particle accelerator will be standing in the basement later which will be used to produce radioactive substances for nuclear medicine imaging. The concrete, two metres thick, will prevent any radiation from leaking into the soil below. Walls and ceilings will also be reinforced by means of barite concrete and lead plates.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • On the south side the foundation is already being laid for the office area and the seminar rooms on the ground floor.
    © CiM/S. Marschalkowski
  • August 2017: The basement and the lift shaft have now been prepared, …
    © CiM - Friedemann Kiefer
  • … and the water and electricity mains for the building have been laid.
    © CiM - Manfred Thomas
  • July 2017: The foundation stone for the Multiscale Imaging Centre is laid! The coordinators at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence are delighted, as are some of the group leaders who will be doing research in the new building, as well as the Deans of the Faculties involved.
    © WWU - Christina Heimken
  • A time capsule is filled with daily newspapers, coins and building plans by representatives of the Ministry of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the City of Münster, Münster University, the Construction and Real Estate Management Authority for NRW and the Gerber architectural practice …
    © WWU - Christina Heimken
  • … and is then deposited in the foundation walls of the new building.
    © WWU - Christina Heimken
  • The Multiscale Imaging Centre (MIC) is being built at the heart of the natural and life sciences campus of the Münster University in Röntgenstraße.
    © CiM
  • May 2017: Now it can really get going! Building permission has been granted and first stone laying is scheduled for 7 July 2017.
    © CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski
  • The building site was first searched thoroughly for unexploded bombs from World War Two – luckily, none were found.
    © CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski
  • The construction site sign has already been up for some while.
    © CiM - Sylwia Marschalkowski
  • February 2017: A touch of snow on the new building site
    © CiM - Doris Niederhoff
  • This is how the Multiscale Imaging Centre will look when it is finished. In an area of 5,700 m2 with state-of-the-art laboratories, approximately 260 staff members will undertake research together under one roof. The construction costs, around 63 million euros, will be covered by the federal government, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Münster University.
    © Gerber Architekten

The Multiscale Imaging Centre, MIC for short, is the central research building of the Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre and is currently being built on Röntgenstraße 16 in Münster. In future, working groups from various faculties at the University of Münster will be based in the building. They will be bringing together a core of our wide range of expertise in biomedical imaging, as well as the corresponding technologies which they will be using to investigate the behaviour of cells in organisms. Our research building also provides a future meeting point for all the researchers actively involved in the field of cell dynamics and imaging – both from our University and from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine in Münster. We will be coming together here to listen to talks, take part in symposia or attend Cells in Motion members’ meetings.

The Multiscale Imaging Centre is being constructed in the middle of Münster University’s life and natural sciences campus. Its immediate neighbour is the Max Planck Institute – and little more than a stone’s throw away are the Center for Molecular Biology of Inflammation (ZMBE), the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN), the Center for NanoTechnology (CeNTech) and many other institutes and clinics in which scientists investigate topics relating to cell dynamics and imaging.

The Building and Real Estate Management Authority for North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) (Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW) is carrying out the project for Münster University and is due to hand the building over to the University in 2020. The costs for construction and initial fixtures and fittings, amounting to around 71 million euros, will be borne by the Federal Government in Berlin, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Münster University. The Federal government and the regional State governments had agreed on the construction of the research building in June 2014 after a corresponding recommendation from the German Council of Science and Humanities. Nuclear medicine specialist Prof. Michael Schäfers is the spokesperson for the Multiscale Imaging Centre.

  • What’s behind the building’s name?

    Imaging is a central element in our field of research which we use systematically to analyse cellular processes in organisms. Using a variety of imaging technologies enables us to observe various aspects: high-resolution microscopic methods, for example, enlarge minute structures and permit the highly detailed examination of individual cells and their components. Methods of whole-body imaging such as positron emission tomography have a lower resolution than microscopes – but, in contrast, they enable the entire organism with its tissues and organs to be depicted.

    In order for us to be able to examine the same cell in various spatial dimensions and over time – thereby helping us to understand the “big picture” – we pursue a unique strategy in our research: We develop chemical and mathematical methods that can be employed in different imaging methods. This strategy of generating images of structures and processes at various scales – i.e. “multiscale imaging” – is what gives our building its name.

  • Who will be working in the building?

    Researchers from the fields of medicine, natural sciences, mathematics and computer science work on research in cell dynamics and imaging; they are already very well networked concerning the content of their research, and now they will also come together physically in the Multiscale Imaging Centre. Around 260 people from the Faculties of Medicine, Biology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, and Mathematics and Computer Science will be working in the new building. These will include researchers who were newly recruited to strengthen our research focus and who have built up their teams at Münster University.

    The following working groups are on schedule to be moving into the Multiscale Imaging Centre in the future:

    Faculty of Medicine

    Faculty of Biology

    Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

    Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Architecture and special features of the building

    Our research centre has approximately 5800 m2 of floor space, with 4300 m2 being used for laboratories and 1500 m2 for offices, seminar rooms and a lecture hall. Some of the imaging technologies require special arrangements: The cellar, for example, will house a particle accelerator and radiochemical laboratories which need special shielding measures so that radioactive substances can be produced here for nuclear medicine imaging techniques.

    The building is rectangular, with five floors in the northern part of the building and three in the southern part. This difference in the number of floors is a result of the sloping terrain and takes account of the adjacent buildings. The outside impression of the compact, tiered structure will be dominated by a splendid entrance area, broad window hinges and a brick clinker façade typical of the region. The building was designed by the Dortmund architectural practice of Gerber Architekten.