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March for Science

This year the University of Münster will again be participating in the March for Science. The Rectorate calls upon all members of the University to take part in the event, which takes place on April 14. The March for Science is an international movement whose aim is to draw attention to the value and the importance of science and research – in contrast, for example, to “alternative facts”. Under the motto “Science is a driving force”, all those interested in taking part will be meeting in front of the Schloss in Münster at 10:45 am. The march will begin at 11 o’clock and proceed through the city centre to Stubengasse, where a closing rally is planned – with music and a panel discussion. Among those attending will be the President of Münster University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Ute von Lojewski, and Prof Michael Quante, representing the Rectorate.

"Without science, what would be missing in our society?”

A better future

Without science, there would be little hope of a better future for mankind
Caterina Breitenstein, Neuroscientist (Department of Neurology)

Approach to decoding

Literature and film are areas in which we can experiment with how we interact with one another, in which we can work out what is desirable and what is not. In literature and film, we come to terms with the things that are important to us – as human beings and as culture: for our lives, for our world, for the future. But: aesthetic communication is complex. Science creates an approach to decoding aesthetic products and their meanings and, in doing so, contributes to mediating between art and society.
Dr. Stephan Brössel, Literary and Film Scholar (Institute of German Studies)

Without science, there is stagnation

Science gives rise to movement – without it, there is stagnation. New findings which science produces play a decisive role in enabling us to find answers and solutions to challenges resulting from the changes to our world
Dr. Fabian Dielmann, Chemist, Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

Basis for human freedom

Science generates knowledge. Knowledge delivers understanding. Understanding means enlightenment. Enlightenment for its part means freedom: freedom in a political sense, in an intellectual sense, in a biological sense. Science is not only the motor for progress – it is the basis for human freedom!
Prof. Klaus Ebnet, Biologist (Institute of Medical Biochemistry)

For civilization

Without science there is no civilization.
Prof. Susanne Fetzner, Microbiologist & Dean of the Department of Biology

Most productive form of doubt

Without the sciences we would be lacking the most productive form of doubt with respect to all purported certainties.
Prof. Hans-Werner Hense, Clinical Epidemiologist (Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine)

Emptyness without science

Without ‘science’, our universities would be empty – devoid of content if objects of research were not being addressed, and devoid of people if nobody were working on arriving at scientific results, understanding them, teaching them, discussing them and reflecting on them.
Prof. Regina Jucks, Psychologist & Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching

Science protects our society from the ideological forms of religions

I grew up in an Arabic country in which there was a refusal to deal with Islam as a science. As a result, it became an ideology that was susceptible to easy political manipulation. Seeing theology as a science, however, makes it possible to reflect on religions in a rational way. This is the only way to protect our society from the ideological forms of religions.
Prof. Mouhanad Khorchide, Professor of Islamic Paedagogy (Centre for Islamic Theology & “Religion and Politics” Cluster of Excellence)

To understand life

Only knowledge creates the opportunity to understand life. This is vital, in the truest sense of the word, because it explains not only the beauty of living nature but also presents the key to modern medicine.
Prof. Christian Klämbt, Neurobiologist (Institute for Neuro- and Behavioural Biology & “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence)

Basis of our democracy

Science organizes our complex world. It explains it in a universally comprehensible way and therefore offers us reliable orientation. In this way it forms an important basis of our democracy.
Prof. Michael Klasen, Theoretical Particle Physicist & Dean of the Department of Physics

Era of Enlightenment

In media linguistics we subject ‘fake news’ or tendentious public discourses to a critical examination, in accordance with strict objective parameters, as regards their logical coherence and their correspondence to empirically verifiable facts. In the wake of the digital revolution, everyone should take this scientific approach every day in order not to lose track of our highly complex media landscape. We need a new era of Enlightenment in the sense of a digital ‘sapere aude!’ (‘dare to know!’). This is conditional upon science today being financially independent, so as not to become the mouthpiece of agitators in public discourses of power.
Dr. Netaya Lotze, Media Linguist (Institute of German Studies)

For the future

A society without science loses its future.
Prof. Stephan Ludwig, Virologist (Institute of Molecular Virology & “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence)

Science promotes a cosmopolitan world view

Science is the authority which seeks after truth. In our society, based on the division of labour, it is responsible for delivering the best knowledge available at any one time. Its findings require, and promote, diversity and openness. Because science is international, it also promotes a cosmopolitan world view and cultural diversity. This is what makes science so important for society and democracy.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Pape, Neurophysiologist (Institute of Physiology I & “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence)

Everything that constitutes a humane society

Everything – at any rate, everything that constitutes humanity and a humane society!
Prof. Georg Peters, Epidemiologist (Institute of Medical Microbiology & “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence)

Complex thought

It’s not enough to want what is good. We also have to be able to analyse the probability with which it can be achieved. Complex thought, a sober approach, a sense of what is possible – these things are what science can teach.
Prof. Detlef Pollack, Sociologist of Religion (Institute of Sociology & “Religion and Politics” Cluster of Excellence)

About democracy and science

Science suffers without democracy! But so does democracy without science!
Prof. Michael Quante, Philosopher & Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Transfer

Critical look at ourselves

Without science our society would lack a critical look at itself. No matter if it’s theoretical models, empirical data or nationwide or international research activities – science forces us to question our actions. It provides us with an inconvenient, sometimes disturbing, but always illuminating view of our life.
Henry Robbert, Communication Scientist (Centre of Dutch Studies)

Practical developments

First of all, I think of practical developments which make life easier for humans and all sections of society. This is made especially clear by medical progress. Science is a special part of human culture which has its own inherent value. A curiosity to experience new things and to get to know things which are hidden – this motivates humanity, keeps us alive. Last but not least, science gives us objective methods and knowledge which are passed on from person to person, and passed on by society to the next generations.
Prof. Otmar Schober, Physician and Physicist (Radiation Medicine)

What's without?

Without science there is no clarity on the causes of diseases. Without science, no new effective treatments. Without science, no cures.
Prof. Sonja Ständer, Dermatologist (Department of Dermatology)

Hardly imaginable

Just imagine what our world would look like without the scientific knowledge we have so far, and how we would live and think.
Prof. Angela Stevens, Mathematician (Institute for Analysis and Numerics & “Cells in Motion” Cluster of Excellence)

Shaky ground

Without knowledge and science, opinions are on shaky ground
Sonja Völker, Advisor on Accreditation and Course Development (University Administration)

To question my thinking habits

For me, scientific data, reports and information represent a necessary challenge – and precisely when they come from a different discipline from my own and I can’t immediately understand and categorize them. They force me to question my thinking habits, and it is ultimately my own research which also benefits from this!
Prof. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, Literary Scholar (Institute of German Studies & “Religion and Politics” Cluster of Excellence)

A great responsibility

Science is the foundation for evidence-based findings and, therefore, also the foundation for decisions of relevance to society. Without science, or if it is misused, or if people have no trust in it, opinions or thought-up findings take over this function – with serious consequences. Especially with regard to social trust and acceptance, universities have a great responsibility as places where scientists and researchers are trained and carry out their work.
Prof. Johannes Wessels, Physicist & Rector of the University of Münster

Indispensable corrective for society

Regardless of whether this increase really does exist, or it just feels that way – in times of populism and ‘fake news’, scientific research represents an indispensable corrective for society. Through objective research, statements that have been made can be proven to be false, or can be put on a sound basis. Phrases are either debunked or they become facts.
Tim Ziesmann, Sociologist (Institute of Applied Physics)