Sport sciences alumni group
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Sport and Exercise Sciences Group of Alumni

The Institute of Sport and exercise sciences wants to stay in touch with its alumni and has therefore launched the Sport and Exercise Science group under the umbrella of the WWU Münster Alumni Club.

The WWU Münster and the IfS are committed to building close and long-term relationships with their alumni. For this reason, the Alumni Club WWU Münster was founded in 2001, in which more than 20,000 former students and employees are registered today and which is the largest network of the university.

As a member, we offer you the opportunity to maintain contact with your alma mater and the Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences even after your time at WWU. In addition, the Alumni Club WWU Münster has numerous offers for you, which we provide you with without obligation and free of charge.

You will receive the institute's newsletter twice a year, which you can request when registering for the Alumni Club. We would like to invite you to our numerous celebrations and events, lectures and lecture series, as well as to meetings and conferences.

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  • Eggelbusch, Moritz

    © Moritz Eggelbusch
    Starting year 2014 – Bachelor Human Movement in Sports and Exercise, WWU
    2017 – Master Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health (Research), VU Amsterdam
    Degree completed 2017 BSc / 2019 MSc
    Study / current position PhD Student at the VU in Amsterdam in collaboration with the Amsterdam University Medical Centres and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA Urban Vitality)
    Topic: Metabolic Dysfunction and Anabolic Resistance during Inactivity and Systemic Inflammation

     

    How did you get the position? During my Masters I performed a scientific internship in the Laboratory for Myology in Amsterdam, working on a very specific inflammatory process (NLRP3 inflammasome) in skeletal muscle cells. Luckily, I was offered to continue and expand upon that work with my current PhD position in the very same laboratory.
    What are your daily tasks? If possible, please describe briefly your task profile. That differs week per week. I work with cell cultures in the laboratory, doing in vitro work in a „wet lab“ environment. More specifically that means doing lots of PCRs or Western blots to check the gene expression or protein levels of targets of interest, or performing respirometry experiments to examine mitochondrial function. I also work with mice, performing in vivo experiments where we at the end of an experiment dissect certain muscles and perform molecular and cellular analysis techniques as the ones above, plus cutting sections of muscles, staining those for certain proteins and subsequently perform immunofluorescence microscopy. Needless to say, all that acquired data also needs to be analysed and graphed, so besides running around in the lab I do spend a fair amount behind the computer screen as well.
    What do you like about your job? What I really like about my PhD research is its highly versatile approach which not only enables me to become an expert in various scientific methodologies, but furthermore allows for collaborations with different research groups among the Amsterdam Movement Sciences community and beyond. So far, doing a PhD has been a very diverse and multi-facetted journey for me. You always learn something new and get in contact with a lot of interesting people. It’s challenging, that’s for sure, but I can also call myself lucky to be surrounded by a great team of advisors and I am looking forward to what the future will hold. Surely it’s also not too bad that you get to travel and present your work at national and international conferences. For instance, just recently I was able to present my latest work at the Scandinavian Physiological Society Meeting 2021 in Stockholm, a great networking opportunity!
    How did the time at the Uni prepare you for this job? Are there seminars/lectures that proved to be especially useful? Elaborated communication, presentation, and overall soft skills which I acquired throughout my studies are definitely benefitting me in my current position.
    Where could we find you online?

    Twitter

    LinkedIn

    ResearchGate

    Anything you would like to add that may be interesting or important to former and current students? My former lecturer at the WWU Stijn Mentzel says it all.

     

     

  • Eden, Nils

    © Nils Eden
    Former activity Research assistant at the Department of Physical Education and Teaching Research (Neuber) and co-founder of the Media Lab until 2012.
    Current position Senior video editor at Philippka-Sportverlag in Münster, Germany
    How did you get the job? Among other things, through the good network of the university and, of course, the work in the media lab of the IfS of the WWU.
    What is your daily work like? As one of the leading sports publishers in Germany, Philippka-Sportverlag is well networked in the sports world. Sports associations such as the DFB, DHB, DLV, etc. are among our main partners. My task is the multimedia preparation of teaching content as a supplement to the print media, but increasingly online portals can no longer do without well-prepared videos. The DFB's talent promotion portal and the training platform of the German Handball Federation are examples of this.
    What do you like about your job? That I have turned two hobbies (photography/video and sports) into a profession. Every appointment in the practice is different, so you always have to stay flexible and there is no question of a boring routine. You also have to work actively on new (teaching) concepts and play a part in presenting them to the interested public. Of course, I also have to mention my team of "videologists", who support me energetically with a lot of commitment, competence and humour.
    Another thing I really appreciate about my job is that I can pursue my passion for skiing, especially in winter.
    Did the university prepare you well for your job? A definite YES. Especially the content of the course "Discovering play and using play spaces", better known as the "Baltrum excursion". Consciously transcending habitual patterns and finding creative solutions accompany me professionally and privately to this day.
    I have been writing a skiing textbook for the last 1 1/2 years and was confronted with so many hurdles that there would have been no end in sight without breaking out of habitual thought patterns. By the way, the book is a completely new edition of the book "...doch die Piste dreht den Ski! The One Ski Technique and the One Ski Methodology", which was published in 2000 by Prof. Dr. Georg Kassat. Kassat was a university lecturer at the Institute for Movement Science at the IfS from 1982 to 1999. With the new edition, my co-author Prof. Dr. Nico Kurpiers and I wanted to bring the further development of the one-ski method up to date in terms of content and also graphically. I hope we have succeeded!
    Is there anything other students or alumni should know? I greet all those who still know me as "Eddy" and wish the students successful and eventful studies.
    Contact

    https://www.instagram.com/nilseden_09/

     

  • Folkerts, Dirk

    © Folkerts
    Starting year B.Sc. Winter-term 2015/16 / M.Sc. Winter-term 2018/19
    Degree completed B.Sc. Summer 2018 / M.Sc. presumably Winter-term 2020/21
    Study / current position M.Sc. Sports, Exercise and Human Performance

    Intern and working student at 1 st Team Match Analysis
    Department at VfB Stuttgart (from August 2019 to June 2020)

    Xing https://www.xing.com/profile/Dirk_Folkerts2/cv
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dirk-folkerts-762258153/
    ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dirk_Folkerts

    For the master’s degree internship period I was working as an assisting match and performance analyst for the 1 st team match analysis department at VfB Stuttgart 1893 in the German second Bundesliga. Main objectives and responsibilities of daily work were matchday preparation and postprocessing, tactical opponent team evaluations, creation of player-individual strength & weakness profiles as well as match and training video recording tasks. Although working in an elite football setting first and foremost required strong time- and resource-efficient management skills, showing high degrees of self-responsibilities and (time) flexibility with especially working on weekends, it likewise offered an amazing insight and hands-on experience in the daily business of professional football. The internship was highly challenging, developed and deepened knowledge in football-specific sports sciences and represented a tremendous personal network increase. The most relevant subjects of the Bachelor and Master study programs that helped me during the daily work in Stuttgart were expertise studies, statistics, seminars in data acquisition and analysis as well as exercise and sports biology. For anyone interested in this field of sports sciences I can strongly recommend to start networking even in early stages of the studies to gain personal access to the business, and to connect the major projects during the studies specifically with this section.

  • Kienz, Leonie

    © Leonie Kienz
    Starting year B.Sc. Winter-term 2014/2015
    Degree completed B.Sc. Summer 2017
    Study / current position Intern at adidas: HR for Global IT
    Student at Radboud University: Work, Organisation and Health Psychology
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonie-kienz-b869bb170/

     

    Currently I am doing an internship in HR for Global IT at adidas. The link between the Bachelor “Human Movement in Sports and Exercise” with adidas is obvious. I love sports. Hence, I want to work for the best sport brand in the world. Why I am now active in the Human Resources field is probably the question you ask yourself right now. After the Bachelor of Science, I studied the Research Master “Behaviour Science” at Radboud University, Nijmegen. It is basically the Master of Science from Münster but for Psychology. I can highly recommend this master when you like psychology and research. Of course, it was quite challenging without extensive bases in Psychology, but I recognised that after the Bachelor I was very well educated in statistics and scientific methods. I like research, but I also want to be particularly attractive for the economy which is why I additionally studied the Master of Science in “Work, Organisation and Health Psychology”, Radboud University. One part of this study is an internship. Now, here at adidas, I got the chance to combine my passion for sports with my varied study background in sport science, research and psychology. What I especially like at adidas is working together with diverse and sport fascinated people as well as the multiple possibilities to enhance personal growth.
    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me via LinkedIn.

  • Kuban, Jonathan

    © Jonathan Kuban
    Starting year BSc Human Movement in Sports and Excersise, WWU Münster 2015
    MSc Sport, Exercise and Human Performance, WWU Münster 2018
    Degree completed

    BSc 2018
    MSc 2020

    Current position Departmental and Project Manager at Leezen Heroes/ Radlaster GmbH
    How did you get the job? Connections. Prior to this I had worked as a project manager at a university of applied science. Later I was asked to take over the job at Leezen Heroes.
    What is your daily work like?

    As a departmental manager:
    -optimising and Controlling course of business
    -responsibility for more than 40 employees

    As a project manager:
    -conceptualising and realising different projects with (cross-) regional scientific as well as economic partners

    Wahat do you like about your job the most?

    -very diverse tasks
    -need of thinking flexible
    -being in charge for always coming up with something new

    How did your studies prepare you for your current position?

    Generally, the scientific work we did helped a lot. By that, I have learned how to handle a stressful daily routine in an organised and structured way.
    Specifically the seminar „funding and planning“ was very helpful for my work I do now, as I learned how to initiate a new project and also how to lead it successfully.

    Contact

    LinkedIn, Research Gate

  • Küper, Anne

    © Anne Kueper
    Starting year BSc Human Movement in Sports and Excersise, WWU Münster 2014
    MSc Klinische Sportphysiologie und Sporttherapie, JLU Gießen 2018
    Degree completed BSc 2018
    MSc 2020
    Current position Sports scientist in the pediatric hematology and oncology department of Münster University Hospital
    How did you get the position? It was actually quite unspectacular. I applied for the job and was then invited to an interview. A selection of applicants was then invited to a half-day job shadowing session, and in the end I was lucky enough to receive an acceptance letter.
    What are your daily tasks? I am mainly responsible for the sports therapy support of children and adolescents in acute therapy during inpatient and outpatient stays. In addition to the conception of an individually adapted sports program, my tasks naturally also include bureaucratic tasks, networking and interdisciplinary exchange among each other. I am also available to the children and parents for questions in the area of sports & exercise. In aftercare, I am involved in the Zaferna project, which will be organized by the Institute of Sports Science in the future.
    What do you like about your job? Apart from the range of activities in the clinic and the general cooperation with the kids, other plus points are of course nice work colleagues and a short way to work.
    How did the time at the Uni prepare you for this job? Are there seminars/lectures that proved to be especially useful? The practical seminars in particular have formed a good basis. Otherwise, a solid basic knowledge of anatomy and movement theory is an advantage in order to conceptualize an adequate unit for the children and young people. Otherwise, as always, one simply learns a lot with experience.
    E-Mail anne.kueper@ukmuenster.de

     

  • Mainka, Maike

    © Maike Mainka
    Study period 2011 - 2018
    Degree Bachelor's and Master's degree for teaching at vocational colleges (sport / health science / nursing)
    Work experience Teacher traineeship from 2018 to 2020 at the Hildegardisschule in Münster

    Teacher at the St.-Franziskus-Berufskolleg Hamm

    Activities during studies Sports department, jazz and modern dance in the 2nd national league
    Side jobs during studies Service Center Sport and M1 Tutorium
    Memories The best time with the most amazing faculty, many open-hearted and motivated people

    Maike Mainka (born Calvelage) is a successful teaching graduate of WWU. She started her bachelor's degree in 2011 for teaching at vocational colleges (physical education & health science/nursing) and finished her master's degree in 2018 for teaching at vocational colleges (physical education & health science/nursing). She describes her time studying as "the best time with the most amazing student council, many open-hearted and motivated people". During her studies, Maike was a long-time member of the student council for sports and danced jazz and modern dance in the 2nd national league. Furthermore, she worked in the Service Center Sport and held a M1 tutorial. After her studies Maike completed her traineeship in Münster. After successfully completing her traineeship, she began working at a vocational college in Hamm, where she trains recreational athletes, among other things. Dance continues to be a part of her life.

  • Mentzel, Stijn

    © Stijn Mentzel
    Starting year 2008 – Bachelor Human Movement Science at the VU Amsterdam
    2011 – Master Human Movement Science at the VU Amsterdam
    2014 – Lecturer Human Movement in Sports and Exercise at the WWU
    Degree completed 2011 BSc / 2012 MSc
    Current position Research and Development consultant for HumanTotalCare, a company specialized in absenteeism in the workplace.
    How did you get the position? I was looking for jobs back in the Netherlands and this sounded very interesting, as it merges both data and research in a practical manner. I then applied, had one quite casual interview and signed on the dotted line.
    What are your daily tasks? As a department we are responsible for innovation within the company. Both on the side of reducing absence from work, as well as, developing preventative methods to keep people healthy and happy at work.
    This means we have a looooooot of (virtual) meetings with company doctor’s, IT, business and universities, to see how we can further improve our products using research and our data (we have data from over 2.5 million employees). Mainly, I just have to sound smart and think out loud.
    My own tasks mainly revolve around technological innovations, such as creating dashboards, chatbots, infographics and other ways to make data easy to interpret and implement. Outside of my plethora of meetings I also do some data programming, collection, and analysis using Python (VS Code) and Orange.
    Although I do really miss playing around in R Studio sometimes.
    What do you like about your job? Learning new things, ranging from legal and ethics, to new ways to look at data.
    I have some insanely smart colleagues, which have taught me a lot already. Aside from that, they are also quite fun to hang around with (with 1.5 meters distance).
    However, we do not have a campus cafe or a fifey, which I both sorely miss.
    How did the time at the Uni prepare you for this job? Are there seminars/lectures that proved to be especially useful? The fact that after 6 years in Muenster starting this job is not as difficult as I thought it would be.
    Most of the things relating to research and data link strongly to the seminars I taught throughout the years, so I could quickly start sounding smart and saying (semi)useful stuff during meetings.
    Also after teaching, researching and supervising so many different topics and having to be able to think flexibly makes it quite easy to work here in various fields as well.
    Anything you would like to add that may be interesting or important to former and current students? If you like a topic and want to know more about it, don’t be afraid to ask your lecturers and maybe think about doing an internship in the topic. Doing this can make you stand out more when you are applying for your first job after uni. To be honest, after that you mainly get by on experience, not perse your degree (don’t tell the others I said that).
    More importantly, make sure to also have fun while studying and, as soon as it is possible again, don’t forget to travel around and see the world.
    Finally, remember that statistiscs are cool and fun and I can mathematically prove it.
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/stijnmentzel/
    ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stijn-Mentzel

     

  • Philipzen, Thomas

    © Thomas Philipzen
    Starting year WS 1990
    Degree completed SS 1996 Sports, German, Pedagogy
    Memories of the study Of course, the probably still popular gymnastics and dance exams. From the latter, the movement theater group THOUWABOUHU was formed at that time, (by the way, almost exclusively staffed by non-dancers) / ski excursions / Lappe parties / many nice people, some of whom I am still connected to today.
    Activities during my studies (Everything that does not count as a part-time job. E.g. competitive sports, student council, other groups of the WWU or similar) initial "training commute" to Paderborn to the VBC Paderborn (volleyball regional league at that time), many different theater projects in Münster, first cabaret solo programs, with which I was on guest performance tours and financed my studies in parts. To be honest: The "side job" theater was already the "main job" when I was a student.
    Activities / Jobs after my studies I disappeared into the theater world directly after my 1st state examination and have never reappeared until today, on the road with 8 solo programs on cabaret stages throughout the German-speaking world, numerous productions as a presenter and director at international variety theaters. 7 years of freelance work as a presenter on WDR television and for 17 years a part of the cabaret trio STORNO - in other words: not school but the stage has become my home.

     

  • Schafflik, Jan

    © Schafflik
    Starting year Winter 2014 / 2015
    Degree completed Bachelor of Arts - Master of Education: Sport u. Bautechnik (Summer 2019)
    Current position / study Since 02.2020: Traineeship in Hamburg (almost finished).

    Since 11/2020: Research assistant at the Institute for Sports Science CAU zu Kiel - Department of Sports Education, focus on digital media.

    Jan Schafflik is a successful graduate of the teaching program from the WWU. He started his Bachelor of Arts in the winter of 2014/15 and completed his Master of Education in the subjects of sport and construction technology in the summer of 2019. He describes his time as a student as the "best time [of his] life with great people and an excellent education!"
    During college, Jan was a long-time member and chairman of the student council in the sports departement. He also directed the windsurfing school of the University Sports Münster and worked as a student assistant in the areas of education and instruction in sports and sports education and sports history.
    After graduation, Jan moved to Hamburg, where he began his legal clerkship in February 2020. Additionally, he started working as a research assistant at the Institute for Sports Science CAU in Kiel in the field of sports education with a focus on digital media in November 2020.

  • Schlechter, Juliane

     

    © Juliane Schlechter
    Start WS 1972/73 in the subjects biology and sports
    Degree 1st exam 1978; 1979-1981 legal clerkship; 2nd exam 1981
    Current position Since 1981 until 2017 researcher. Staff member at the Institute of Sports Science, since 2017 in retirement
    How did you get this job? After several activities as a student assistant and research assistant, application for a position as a lecturer for special tasks in 1981, removal of the time limit in 1984.
    What does your daily work routine look like? Teaching activities in various modules in theory and practice, mainly specialized practical seminars (incl. in-depth) in swimming, trampoline, excursions in skiing and mountain hiking, additional qualification in sports promotion teaching, seminars with health-oriented topics, etc.

    Cooperation in various committees

    What do you like about your job? - the special educational value of field trips
    - the 7:00 a.m. start of swimming seminars at the Ostbad over 72 semesters :-((
    - the overcrowded seminars on Thursday morning after the Ifl parties
    - to inspire anxious students for the drop from the 3m-board
    - to teach sport-crazy students special tricks on land, in water and in the air
    - the annual evaluation reports :-))
    - the legendary end-of-semester parties, especially at Gogo and Gorillabar
    Did the university prepare you well for your job? Any seminars in particular? The extensive and varied professional practical training at the former Institute for Physical Education (IfL) with a professionally oriented, mediation-related focus;
    my own competitive sports experience as an athlete and trainer
    Is there anything you would like other alumni or students to know? My heartfelt thanks to the students and colleagues who made such a great and memorable retirement for me!

     

  • Woywod, Christopher

    © Christopher Woywood
    Starting year BA Teaching program, WWU Münster 2011
    MA of Education WWU Münster 2015
    Always as part of the student assossiation 😊
    Degree completed BA SS 2015
    MA WS 2017
    Teaching traineeship in Okt. 2019
    Current position Park shaper at the Snowpark Lenzerheide, Switzerland
    How did you get the job? connections to locals and my passion for snowboarding
    What is your daily work like?

    Maintenace (shaping) and building of the snowpark (kickers and obstacles)
    -planning of lines according to level of difficulty, creativity and its flow

    What do you like about your job the most?

    -working outside (no matter what the weather conditions are like)
    -sunrises and sunsets
    -much time for snowboarding and learning new tricks
    -being the first one on the mountain 😉

    How did your studies prepare you for your current position?

    My studies do not have anything to do with my current job. However, my side job at the event management department at the Hochschulsport has helped and prepared me a lot to learn how to organise events and competitions.

    Contact

    @chriswoyw (Instagram)

    I do enjoy the time- out from being a teacher. However, I plan on getting back to it in summer 2022 here in Switzerland. Working physically and manually for a bit is a pleasing change as it is an opportunity to get rid of some energy and to not be mentally at school even after finishing time. My work (shaping) is also a good opportunity to become more creative concerning the setup of the snowpark.