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Changing healthcare

Demographic change is impacting on our society. A growing number of older and old people means, among other things, that there is an increasing demand for healthcare services. In this interview, Prof. Klaus Berger and Prof. André Karch from the Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine talk about the challenges this will entail for research and healthcare.

Geoscientists Jasper Berndt (left) and Stephan Klemme present a volcanic rock from Laacher See. This rock from the Eifel region of Germany contains the mineral hauyne (approx. 0.5 mm), inside of which the researchers found the microscopically small carbonatite melt inclusions (small picture, bottom left). In the background is the “JEOL electron microprobe” with which the measurements were carried out.<address>© Institute of Mineralogy</address>
© Institute of Mineralogy

Origins of carbonatite magma revealed

Geoscientists at Münster University’s Institute of Mineralogy studied the origins of carbonatites and are now the first to demonstrate that these rocks formed by immiscible separation from silicate magmas. The study has been published in the journal "Nature Communications".

Oliver Söhnlein's Institute for Experimental Pathology is part of the Centre for Molecular Biology<address>© WWU - Medizinische Fakultät</address>
© WWU - Medizinische Fakultät

New research alliance studies the biology of immune cells

The German Research Foundation has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio. The large-scale interdisciplinary project entitled "Neutrophils: Origin, Fate & Function" is based at the Faculty of Medicine at Münster University and is to receive around 11.5 million euros in funding from July.


Single-crystal X-ray structures of two products arising from the cycloaddition reaction. In particular, on the left a unique five-four-three membered condensed ring system is visible. On the right, a four-six membered framework can be recognized. Carbon atoms are shown in grey, hydrogen atoms in white, nitrogen atoms in blue, oxygen atoms in red and chlorine atoms in green.<address>© University of Münster - Peter Bellotti</address>
© University of Münster - Peter Bellotti

Chemists use light energy to produce small molecular rings

A team of chemists headed by Prof. Frank Glorius from the University of Münster has succeeded in producing new and medically significant small molecular rings. These molecules are difficult to synthesise because they are particularly sensitive.

The frustration tolerance and perseverance paid off: the world of mathematics celebrates the results achieved by Prof. Ralf Schindler (photo) and his colleague Prof. David Asperó as a milestone in research in the field of infinities.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

A portrait of Ralf Schindler, who found a groundbreaking mathematical proof

A year ago, mathematician Prof. Ralf Schindler and his colleague published a proof uniting two hitherto competing assumptions in set theory. The world of mathematics celebrates the result as a milestone in research in the field of infinities, one of the theoretical foundations of mathematics.

Plants are an underestimated motif in the science fiction genre.<address>© Aline Klieber</address>
© Aline Klieber

"Practices of Literature" Graduate School is studying the connection between plants and literature

Modern cultural man likes to see himself as the measure of all things. Plants are often regarded as mute and passive, culturally negligible beings. However, the great potential of plants in literature is now being shown by young members of the philology department in their exhibition "Eden? Plants between Science and Fiction", which can be seen in the Botanical Garden from 15 to 29 May.

Genetically identical mice are used in animal research in order to achieve standardised testing conditions.<address>© University of Münster - Department of Behavioural Biology</address>
© University of Münster - Department of Behavioural Biology

Animal research: influence of experimenters on results less strong than expected

The Number One confounding factor in animal research is the person conducting the experiment. A team headed by behavioural biologists Dr. Vanessa von Kortzfleisch and Prof. Helene Richter examined this factor in behavioural experiments involving mice at different locations.

<address>© WWU - Sophie Pieper</address>
© WWU - Sophie Pieper

Video: Great responsibility – the work of the Animal Welfare Officers at Münster University

On the occasion of World Animal Lab Day on April 24, Dr. Katja Siegeler shows her work in a video. As an Animal Welfare Officer she makes sure that regulations, conditions and requirements are all complied with – in the interests of animal welfare. She also advises scientists on setting up animal experiments and on keeping laboratory animals.

Many migrant labourers work in construction abroad.<address>© Unsplash - Ivan Henao</address>
© Unsplash - Ivan Henao

Flourishing trade in workers

In her dissertation at the Institute of Geography, Dr. Hannah Uprety took the example of Nepal to examine the mechanisms and structures behind forms of labour migration. The conclusion she came to was that in the marketing of Nepalese labour, it is not only the current logic of globalisation that plays a role, but also historical power constellations and colonial infrastructures.

Prof Dr Burkhard Wilking conducts research in the field of theoretical mathematics at the University of Münster.<address>© WWU - Victoria Liesche</address>
© WWU - Victoria Liesche

“That special moment when an idea becomes reality”

He will be only the eighth winner of the prestigious Karl Georg Christian von Staudt Prize: Prof Dr Burkhard Wilking from the Differential Geometry group at the Mathematical Institute of the WWU will receive the most highly endowed mathematics award in Germany on Friday (22 April). In an interview for "wissen|leben", Burkhard Wilking talks about his work and passion for his subject.

Björn Erndwein continues wearing a face masks.<address>© WWU</address>

New campaign: "We wear masks!"

With the slogan "We wear masks!", the University of Münster is calling on students, employees and guests to continue wearing face masks in university buildings. The focus is on the health and safety of all university members. In the coming weeks, staff and students of the university will present their reasons for continuing to wear a mask as part of a campaign.

Prof Dr Ulrich Pfister holds the Chair of Social and Economic History of Modern and Contemporary Times at the WWU.<address>© Thomas Kundy</address>
© Thomas Kundy

“The sanctions are massive and unprecedented”

With its war against Ukraine, Russia has attracted unprecedented sanctions from many states, especially those in the West. Prof. Dr Ulrich Pfister, economic and social historian at the University of Münster, spoke in an interview with Norbert Robers about the history of economic sanctions and the significance of the current measures against Russia.

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