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Anyone who decides to do a doctorate can expect exciting times and a big goal at the end.<address>© xy - AdobeStock</address>
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Towards our goals together

Anyone who decides to do a doctorate can expect exciting times and a big goal at the end. In two guest articles, doctoral student David Koke (on behalf of the doctoral student representatives) and Prof. Maike Tietjens, Vice-Rector for Academic Career Development and Diversity, write about challenges and crises, but also about support options and tips for the doctoral period.

Prof David MacMillan (2nd from left) with Dean Prof Frank Glorius and laudators Carla Hümpel (left) and Dr Jean Kim<address>© Uni MS - Peter Dziemba</address>
© Uni MS - Peter Dziemba

Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy honours pioneer of photocatalysis

David MacMillan, a professor of chemistry at Princeton University, is a pioneer of photocatalysis with visible light. The Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy has now awarded the 56-year-old Scotsman an honorary doctorate for his outstanding research in this field.

Insights into the work of doctoral students and postdocs in Münster: discussions with peers, experiments in the laboratory and research with sources.<address>© Uni MS - Victoria Liesche / Michael C. Möller / Johannes Wulf</address>
© Uni MS - Victoria Liesche / Michael C. Möller / Johannes Wulf

Stefanie van Ophuysen on career prospects inside and outside the academic world

In spring this year, the Münster Centre for Emerging Researchers (CERes) celebrated its launch as a central academic institution at the University of Münster. It represents an important contact for aspiring researchers. In this interview, Prof. Stefanie van Ophuysen, the Scientific Director at CERes, talks about the time during a doctorate and about current developments in promoting doctoral students and postdocs.

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Three guest articles: My career path

What are the career prospects inside and outside academia? In short guest articles, three early stage researchers describe their career paths and hopes for the future.

In the aural training exam, Tim Sandkämper plays sequences of notes on the piano. The candidates have to write down what they have heard.<address>© Uni MS - Johannes Wulf</address>
© Uni MS - Johannes Wulf

Music is a serious business

Depending on the degree programme, there are various requirements for gaining one of the often coveted places at a university. At the University of Münster’s School of Music, hundreds of applicants present themselves on a few days in May to demonstrate their skills in theoretical and, above all, practical examinations and convince the teaching staff of their suitability.

A cohrerent syntax in a statement can increase its credibility.<address>© stock.adobe.com - The img</address>
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Good language – high credibility

The choice of words, correct grammar and coherent syntax – all these can have an influence when it comes down to whom the authorities believe. After her analysis of several dozen statements, Joy Steigler-Herms arrived at a clear result. Anyone who expresses themselves in an educated way instead of colloquially will be seen as being more trustworthy in nine out of ten cases.

Boost for excellent research: from 1 October, the German Research Foundation will be funding two research alliances at the University of Münster.<address>© Uni MS - Robert Matzke</address>
© Uni MS - Robert Matzke

German Research Foundation to fund two research alliances

The University of Münster is delighted at approvals given for two large-scale projects. Firstly, the German Research Foundation is setting up a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC)/Transregio in Medicine. And secondly, the CRC at Münster entitled “Geometry: Deformations and Rigidity” is being extended.

An evolutionary scenario: a primeval fish has turned onto its side in order to hide on the seabed. Its mouth and fins have compensated for the movement in a clockwise direction from the fish’s view, with the eyes and the nostrils going in the opposite direction.<address>© Almut Krömer</address>
© Almut Krömer

“A large brain can’t be equated with high intelligence”

One of the things that Dr. Marc de Lussanet de la Sablonière researches into in the field of kinesiology is the evolution of the brain and of the body. In this interview he talks about the advantages and disadvantages of wrinkled and smooth brains, as well as why the human body is structured both symmetrically and asymmetrically, and why such knowledge interests kinesiologists.

Chemists from the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have now developed a combined vaccine lead from synthetic fluorinated sugar molecules that is effective against meningococci B and C simultaneously.<address>© AK Gilmour</address>
© AK Gilmour

Fluorinated sugar molecules as vaccine leads against meningitis B and C

A team from the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam has now developed a combined vaccine lead from synthetic fluorinated sugar molecules that is effective against meningococci B and C simultaneously.

David MacMillan will receive an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy for his pioneering work in organic photoredox catalysis.<address>© Corinne Strauss</address>
© Corinne Strauss

Nobel Prize laureate David MacMillan receives honorary doctorate

David MacMillan is one of the most successful researchers of our time in the field of catalysis and molecular chemistry. He is also a pioneer of photocatalysis with visible light. For his outstanding research in this field, he will receive an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy on 11 June.

60 years of partnership must be celebrated. The best way to do this is with a cream cake labelled with the logos of both universities. Prof Dr Vinod Subramaniam (2nd from right) cuts off a slice for Prof Dr Johannes Wessels.<address>© University of Twente</address>
© University of Twente

Münster and Twente celebrate 60 years of strategic partnership

There are reasons to celebrate these days – on both sides of the German-Dutch border. On 21 May 1964, representatives of the University of Münster and the Twente University of Applied Sciences met for the first time and formed a partnership that continues to this day. Rector Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels met his Dutch colleagues to celebrate this friendship.

With their newly developed method, chemists can precisely incorporate a difluoromethyl group (highlighted in light blue) regioselectively, i.e. at certain positions, into pyridine rings – either in the para-position (yellow arrow) or the meta-position (blue arrow). The nitrogen atom within the pyridine ring is shown in dark blue.<address>© Uni MS - AG Studer</address>
© Uni MS - AG Studer

New method for introducing fluorinated components into molecules

A team of researchers led by Prof Dr Armido Studer from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Münster presents a new strategy, with which the so-called difluoromethyl group can be precisely introduced at specific sites in pyridine derivatives. This method could potentially identify candidates for new drugs and agrochemicals.

Using an evolutionary algorithm based on evolutionary processes (shown figuratively in the middle), the most important structural features of the molecules are identified in a data set (left) and summarised in a digital “molecular fingerprint” (right). On this basis, predictive models can be trained and used, for example, in the search for new drugs (bottom right).<address>© Felix Katzenburg, Glorius Group</address>
© Felix Katzenburg, Glorius Group

Evolutionary algorithm generates tailored “molecular fingerprints”

A team led by chemist Prof Frank Glorius has developed an algorithm that identifies molecular structures that are particularly relevant to a given problem. It uses these structures to encode the properties of molecules for various machine-learning models.

Abstract connection between genetics and technology: nature can serve as a model in developing algorithms.<address>© Alex - stock.adobe.com</address>
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Christian Grimme explains the principle of evolutionary algorithms

In many ways, nature serves as a model for processes and functions which we use in our everyday lives. Prof. Christian Grimme from the Department of Information Systems at the University of Münster has been working for many years now on, and with, so-called evolutionary algorithms which – as the name suggests – are oriented towards the underlying thoughts contained in the theory of biological evolution. Kathrin Kottke spoke to him about the function of this informatics-based approach.

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