WWU-Cast – wissen.leben.hören
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The official podcast of the University of Münster

In our new podcast series, researchers and academic staff of various disciplines are invited to discuss topics of current interest. In interviews moderated by WWU press officer Norbert Robers, the guests describe the focus of their research activities, the latest findings and their personal motivation. Each episode is 30 to 60 minutes long and will be posted at regular intervals on the University’s website, as well as on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Deezer. The podcasts are produced by the Department of Communication and Public Relations of the University of Münster.

Tough competition and much desired - medical studies

Interview with Prof. Dr. Bernhard Marschall
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Medicine is one of the programs with the highest number of applicants - not only at Münster University. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Marschall, Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Medicine, talks in a podcast about why medical studies are so popular, what makes good applicants stand out and how fair the admission procedure is. At the same time, he explains how the study programme at the University of Münster is structured, what consequences the new licensing regulations will have and what makes a good doctor.

Special: Medical students in action against corona

Interview with Arne Beyer and Daniel Winzer
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In recent weeks, the Faculty of Medicine of the WWU has launched the MediCOVID program in the fight against the coronavirus: Several hundred students have been involved in the fight against the corona pandemic after having received appropriate training. Two of them are Arne Beyer and Daniel Winzer, who currently support the corona patient care at the University Hospital Münster. In the podcast, the two medical students report on how they were prepared for this, what their daily routine on the ward looks like and how they personally perceive the current corona crisis.

Special: Studying in times of Corona

Interview with Max Dornseiff and Alyssa Schmitz
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What is it like to study during the corona crisis? What worries do students have? What do new online formats for teaching at WWU look like? Alyssa is studying German Studies and Music Pedagogy in her second semester, Max Sport and History in his eighth semester. In the podcast they report on how they perceive the current situation, what their digital summer semester at the University of Münster will look like and what effects corona will have on their studies.

Episode 7: How can the transformation to sustainability succeed?

Interview with Prof. Dr. Doris Fuchs
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Sustainability is a frequently used term that is used in many contexts. What does it actually mean in particular? Prof. Dr. Doris Fuchs is holder of the Chair of International Relations and Sustainable Development and speaker of the Center for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research of the WWU. In the podcast, she talks about how sustainability can be defined, how sustainability can succeed and what distinguishes sustainable consumption.

Special: Research in times of Corona

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How can research continue during the corona crisis when the university is in limited operation, laboratories are not accessible and libraries are closed? Maximilian Koy is a PhD student in the research group of Prof. Frank Glorius at the Organic Chemistry Institute. In the podcast, he talks about how he experiences the current situation as a scientist, how his research group is organized and how he uses the time effectively for his doctorate.

Episode 6: Research and the public - current developments in science communication

Interview with Prof. Dr. Julia Metag
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The current debate about climate change and the Fridays for Future demonstrations illustrate not only the relevance of scientific findings, but also the importance of science communication. Julia Metag, Professor of Communication Science, defines the much discussed term in the podcast and explains how science communication can succeed, which formats and platforms will be important in the future and how trust in science can be strengthened.

Episode 5: The Self-Loving Ego - Narcissism from the Perspective of Personality Psychology

Interview with Prof. Dr. Mitja Back
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Narcissism is a frequently used, but usually also very negatively charged term. Rightfully? Mitja Back, professor for personality psychology, answers these and many other questions about this trait in the podcast. He explains where narcissism stops and narcissism begins, how this form of personality disorder develops, why people with narcissistic traits are particularly common in politics and the media and whether the use of social media reinforces narcissism and selfishness.

Episode 4: The Systemic Crisis of the Catholic Church, Necessary Reforms and the Secrets in the Vatican Archives

Interview with Prof. Dr. Hubert Wolf
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What role do the abuse scandal and celibacy play in the systemic crisis of the Catholic Church? What structural reforms are necessary to lead the Church out of the crisis and what are the consequences if it does not change? Church historian Prof. Dr. Hubert Wolf answers these questions in the podcast. He also gives insights into his work in the secret archives of the Vatican. There he researches whether and what Pope Pius XII knew about the Holocaust.

Episode 03: Doing right by the climate – What role does law play in climate protection?

Interview with Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlacke
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The climate protection package, passed by the German government in October, has fuelled ongoing debates. The legislation marked the first time that German lawmakers defined legally binding climate goals for various sectors, such as transportation and agriculture. In this podcast, Sabine Schlacke, professor of public law, in particular, environmental and planning law, at the University of Münster and co-chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), takes a closer look at the new climate protection package from a legal perspective. She also explains the “polluter pays” principle and what role it plays, why climate justice is a legally complex subject, and how climate protection laws differ at the European and international level.

Episode 02: New work, work motivation and climate change – Helpful insights from organisational and occupational psychology research

Interview with Prof. Dr. Guido Hertel
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Occupational and organisational psychology is a field that explores the relationships between people working at a company or with other organisations. In this podcast, Professor Guido Hertel explains how recent research findings can shed light on a broad spectrum of unanswered questions. His research does not focus teamwork or employee motivation, but rather highly topical issues and problems, such as climate change and the rapidly advancing digitalisation of the work world.

Episode 01: Energy storage of the future – The potentials and challenges of battery research

Interview with Prof. Dr. Martin Winter
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Is electromobility the thing of the future? What are the hurdles facing battery research? What are the advantages of lithium-ion batteries and where else are they used aside from electric cars? Professor Martin Winter, director of the MEET Battery Research Centre of the University of Münster, answers these and other questions. The chemistry professor, who has received over 50 academic prizes and distinctions over the course of his career, has been studying the area of battery research for more than 25 years. He is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field.