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Spacecraft "BepiColombo" flies towards Earth

On Friday (10 April), ESA's 'BepiColombo' spacecraft will fly towards Earth in the early hours of the morning. For EMU planetary researchers, this is an opportunity for a special experiment on the Moon: without interference from the Earth's atmosphere, they will for the first time investigate the front of the Moon illuminated by the Sun using the 'MERTIS' imaging infrared spectrometer.

Excellent research

Over 600 professors and more than 5.000 academic employees research and teach within 15 faculties. The Clusters of Excellence "Religion and Politics" and "Mathematics Münster" bring researchers together from almost every faculty of the University. Aside from these, the University of Münster supports cutting-edge research in a number of internationally renowned fields, such as medicine, chemistry, physics and battery reserach as well as evolutionary science.

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Prizes and awards

The University of Münster is home to ten Leibniz Prize winners. The University's excellent research quality is further underscored by twenty ERC Grants (Starting, Consolidator and Advanced) and six Max Planck Research Awards. The University also confers its own highly lucrative awards for outstanding achievement in research, teaching and academics.

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Support for our researchers

You have a promising, clearly defined scientific goal, and competent partners have been found. Yet that alone does not guarantee success. Finding the right funding programmes and tapping these through cleverly crafted applications is an essential step in the process. The administration of the University of Münster provides researchers with sound, reliable advice and support.

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Supporting junior researchers

Münster University supports its junior academics as much as it can. Once a supervisor has been found for a doctoral thesis the next step is to apply to the University and enrol. Research Training Groups and funding programmes can help to finance the time when the thesis is being written.