Alumni Club of the Physics Department at the WWU

Do you like to recall your time at the University Physics Department here in Münster? As a former student or former employee, you might very well be interested in what is going on in your department today. We have founded a Physics Alumni Club – a casual way of staying in contact with each other.

If you provide us with your e-mail address (if you do not have one, we can send you information by mail if you like), we will inform you about current events and developments at the department and at the university every now and then. We might also organize a physics alumni meeting at some point or invite you to participate in promoting current physics students.

We have set up a registration form where you can add your name to our distribution list. You can also register for the Alumni Club of the University of Münster. You will be asked about your former department during this registration and if you give your consent in the comment field (“Your message for us:”), your details will be passed on to us. This will allow us to include you in our list also. Of course, we will remove your details from the list again at any time, should you so wish.

If you have any questions or suggestions for our activities or if you wish to register in a completely informal manner, please contact our Alumni Representative (currently Dr. G. F. Hanne, retired professor) via e-mail (


WWU Alumni Day on 7 July 2018

What can you expect from this meeting? On the eve (hence the 6th of July) you are invited to the "Schlossgartenfest" of the university.

On the 7th of July you are invited to participate in the "Alumnitag" (day of the alumni) starting in the "Fürstenberghaus" (close to the cathedral). After a welcome by the president of the university and a retrospect of the activities of the last year, the historian Prof. Dr. Thomas Großbölting will take you on a journey through time to the student protests in 1968. This part will be in German. If there is sufficient interest, we'll try to arrange a guided tour in English through an archeological exhibition in the same building. During the following brunch you'll have ample time to meet other alumni. If you like to participate in the brunch we kindly ask you to register at the website (open from the 9th of May; cost: 15 EUR per person older than 14).

The subsequent programme in the physics department is planned as follows:

14:00     Welcome by the dean of the physics department (lecture hall HS 2 in the "IG1"-building, Wilhelm-Klemm-Straße 10, 48149 Münster.

14:30    Visit of the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) The guided tours will take place in the Busso-Peus-Straße 10, 48149 Münster. We are planning for one tour in English.
The research programme of the SoN aims at the investigation and understanding of the fundamental processes of the production of biomimetic functional materials using the bottom-up principle. Within this range the research is focused on functionalized three-dimensional nanomaterials and nano-containers. An important aspect for the understanding at the molecular level as well as for the understanding of nonlinear processes of self-organisation is the combination of experimental approaches and theoretical models.

Starting at 16:00 Meeting in the institutes/groups

Starting at 18:00 Barbecue

If there is sufficient interest, we could arrange an additional event in town on Sunday morning the 8th of July. This could be e.g. a guided tour through the old town in English, French or Spanish, a visit of the peace hall and/or the new Foucault pendulum by Gerhard Richter ... . Also a visit of the peace exhibitions commemorating the 370th anniversary of the end of the 30years' war and the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 is conceivable . Other suggestions are also very welcome!

We kindly ask you to mail to by 7th of May if possible if you want to participate at the physics-"Alumnitag". Please mention your full name.
 In particular, we would like to know:

  1. Do you want to participate at the "Schlossgartenfest" on Friday evening? (Potentially we could reserve a regulars table for the physics- alumni.)
  2. Would you prefer to participate in an English tour on Saturday morning.
  3. Are you interested in a guided tour through the SoN? In English or in German?
  4. Which institute or which group would you like to visit starting 16 h? We'll name the responsable contact person to you.
  5. Would you like to participate in the barbecue? No charge; donations are welcome.
  6. Are you interested in an additional event on Sunday morning (the 8th of July)? At what time are you planning to leave?

We are looking forward to your reply!

WWU Alumni Day on 8 July 2017

The Alumni Day of the WWU for the year 2017 took place on 8 July 2017. See Alumni website of the WWU for further information.

WWU Alumni Day on 2 July 2016

The Alumni Day of the WWU for the year 2016 took place on 2 July 2016. See Alumni website of the WWU for further information.
The Institute for Applied Physics celebrated the 50th anniversary of its moving into the building in Corrensstraße 2-4. See Alumni website of the Institute for Applied Physics for further information.
The presentation by Prof. Dr. Raimar Wulkenhaar (Institute of Mathematics) in lecture hall M5 at 3.30 pm on this day will certainly be of interest for physicists: “Gravitational waves – 100 years of general relativity theory". See Alumni website of the Mathematics Department for more information.

October 2015

Our alumnus Prof. Dr. Klaus Bartschat (Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, USA) has won the 10. 000 $ Will Allis Award for the Study of Ionized Gases of the American Physical Society. He is the award winner of the year 2016.

We warmly congratulate him on this. For further details see the following links:

By the way, we will be happy to be informed about similar awards or newsworthy activities of our physics alumni and to be able to report on them.