News: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft funds new Research Training Group in Particle Physics

Group photo of those involved in the research training groupGroup photo of those involved in the research training group
© WWU/Peter Grewer

For the first time, all particle physicists at the University of Münster have cooperated on the planning of a large-scale project. The extensive preparation has now been rewarded: The German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund the joint Research Training Group on “Strong and weak interactions – from hadrons to dark matter”, where theoretical and experimental nuclear, particle and astroparticle physicists will collaborate. The project will be funded initially for a period of 4.5 years with 3.4 Million Euros. In total, the DFG will create 17 new Research Training Groups, as has been announced on May 11, 2015.

“We are very happy about this approval. In this Research Training Group, we cover a broad spectrum of topics and integrate theory and experiment there in an unprecedented way. The DFG’s approval confirms the quality of our concept”, explains experimental physicist Prof. Christian Weinheimer from the Institute for Nuclear Physics, spokesman of the Research Training Group. Prof. Michael Klasen from the Institute for Theoretical Physics, deputy spokesman, adds: “Also the education of our PhD students in this Research Training Group will be more ambitious than is usually the case. The students have to demonstrate a broad interest for theory and experiment and must work for some time during their doctoral studies also in the other field.” The in total eleven PhD positions will now be advertised internationally.

German French Marocain Doctoral School “Living Fluids”

The biophysical activities of the group of Prof. U. Thiele (Institute for Theoretical Physics) are now integrated into the German French Marocain Doctoral School “Active living fluids” that is a coordinated Training Network between the Universities of Rabat, Grenoble, Bayreuth, Münster and Saarbrücken. The school focuses on the experimental investigation and theoretical description of active fluids with the methods of experimental, computational and theoretical physics in a wider interdisciplinary setting provided, e.g., at WWU by the Center of Nonlinear Science (CeNoS). Based on established concepts developed for passive biological fluids such as blood, member groups of the School develop experimental, theoretical and numerical concepts to study individual microswimmers as well as their collective behaviour, individual migrating cells and developing biofilms. The doctoral school is co-funded by the German French University (DFH/UFA).