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Landscape ecology students Julia Binder and Thomas Middelanis initiated their research project entitled “Monitoring modern agroforestry ecosystems” to create a more sustainable agriculture through trees and woody plants on farmland.<address>© Binder/Middelanis</address>
© Binder/Middelanis

More sustainability on farmland

Landscape ecology students Julia Binder and Thomas Middelanis have initiated a project entitled "Meeting points for agriculture, civil society and science: monitoring modern agroforestry ecosystems", and their aim is to design agricultural areas in a more sustainable way through "agroforestry".

Staff members of the Universities of Münster and Radboud met happily but exhausted at the German-Dutch border.<address>© Lucia Frowerk</address>
© Lucia Frowerk

Make cross-border cooperation sustainable and digital

A fresh air event of a special kind took place yesterday (Wednesday, 16 June): Staff from the Universities of Münster and Radboud set out to meet at the German-Dutch border. As part of the Erasmus project "Team Travel", they showed that staff mobility is also possible in COVID-19 pandemic, and in the spirit of "green mobility" to boot.

Intelligent matter is assembled from individual, nano-scaled components which, when they act together, possess intelligent skills.<address>© Corinna Kaspar</address>
© Corinna Kaspar

Guest article on the role of "intelligent matter"

Can we make matter intelligent? An interdisciplinary team in SFB 1459 is conducting research on this question. In a guest article for the WWU on the occasion of the current publication in "Nature", Corinna Kaspar and Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice provide insights into their research and its significance.

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Promoting sustainable education: Münster University researchers are developing research approaches and support concepts so that a future-oriented transformation of society can be successfully accomplished.<address>© WWU - Kathrin Nolte</address>
© WWU - Kathrin Nolte

"Learning to take responsibility for the future"

Sustainable education aims to empower people to think and act in a future-oriented way and, at the same time, understand the effects which their own actions have on the world. Prof. Christian Fischer is a member of the "Sustainable Development of Potential" research team at the University of Münster, and in this guest commentary he describes what sustainability means in education.

One of Claudia Caballero Reyes&#039; favourite places in Münster is the Botanical Garden of the University of Münster.<address>© WWU - Kathrin Kottke</address>
© WWU - Kathrin Kottke

Doctoral student Claudia Caballero Reyes from Cuba talks about her research

Claudia Caballero Reyes from Havana University has been researching her doctoral thesis at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Münster since April. She is the first doctoral student from Cuba to complete a research stay in Münster through the "Erasmus+" programme. Kathrin Kottke spoke with her about her research and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DSC_0039.JPG<address>© WWU-JMS</address>
© WWU-JMS

All new appointments at a glance

21 professors have been appointed to the University of Münster so far in 2021. Where were they working previously? What are the focuses of their research? As the traditional welcome for new appointees could not take place due to the corona pandemic, this year we again present them to you with a short profile and a photo.

<address>© Rossaint et al./JExpMed 2021</address>
© Rossaint et al./JExpMed 2021

How platelets help resolve lung inflammation

Scientists working with Prof Jan Rossaint and Prof Alexander Zarbock, two anesthesiologists and intensive care specialists at the University of Münster, have found how platelets interacting with white blood cells contribute to the resolution of bacterial lung inflammation in mice. The results may help in the search for therapies to specifically regulate inflammation.

In the latest Shanghai Ranking the University of Münster achieves very good results in many areas.<address>© WWU - Robert Matzke</address>
© WWU - Robert Matzke

Münster University makes the Top 100 in three subjects

In the so-called Shanghai Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021, a comparison of around 1,800 universities, Münster University – with Mathematics, Chemistry and Communication Science – occupies three positions among the best 100 worldwide.

Many scientists at the University of Münster are researching the use of sustainable bioresources.<address>© sonnensprosse.de</address>
© sonnensprosse.de

Experts research the use of sustainable bio-resources

With the end of the "petroleum age" – i.e. replacing oil with sustainable bio-resources – renewable raw materials are becoming increasingly important for commerce and industry. In this interview, Prof. Jochen Schmid talks about the potential in "biologizing" processes and products.

In this interview with Kathrin Kottke and Norbert Robers, Prof. Michael Quante, Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Transfer, describes the close interconnection between Münster University’s Internationalisation Strategy and the other aims which the Rectorate has.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Vice-Rector Michael Quante on the current Internationalisation Strategy

The University of Münster recently published its new Internationalisation Strategy. In this interview with Kathrin Kottke and Norbert Robers, Prof. Michael Quante, Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Transfer, talks about the importance and the role of internationalisation for Münster University and about the challenges and aims.

<address>© WWU - Malte Papenfuss</address>
© WWU - Malte Papenfuss

Students investigate fine particle emissions during the corona pandemic

What impact is the corona pandemic having on the climate? This is a question which landscape ecology students looked at in a project run by the Climatology working group. During the restrictions on contacts last year, they used a cargo bike fitted with various measuring devices to record the particle emissions in Münster.

Three-dimensional surface reconstructions of the brains and head capsules of host species A. heyeri (top) and the socially parasitic species P. argentina. The ants&#039; olfactory lobes are marked in yellow.<address>© Lukas Schrader</address>
© Lukas Schrader

Living as a social parasite leads to genetic impoverishment in ants

An international team of researchers headed by biologist Lukas Schrader from Münster University show that a socially parasitic lifestyle of ants not only leads to a change in external traits, but also to a genome erosion in the species. The study is published in the journal "Nature Communications".

Henry Woolley and Atif Javed (from left) are among the first ones to join the international Graduate School "BACCARA".<address>© FZ Jülich / Ellermann</address>
© FZ Jülich / Ellermann

"BACCARA" doctoral students: "It’s a lot about collaboration"

Henry Woolley and Atif Javed came from the UK and Pakistan. They are among the first ones to join the international Graduate School "BACCARA". In an interview, they explain why they decided to join the battery hotspot Münster.

Dr. Bakul Sathaye, Dr. Tingxiang Zou and Dr. Christopher Kauffman (from left) are currently conducting research at the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster.<address>© WWU - Victoria Liesche</address>
© WWU - Victoria Liesche

Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster remains international despite pandemic

Dr Bakul Sathaye from India, Dr Tingxiang Zou from China and Dr Christopher Kauffman from the USA are three of the 29 international Postdocs currently conducting their research at the University of Münster. Their guest articles talk about their passion for mathematics and provide insight into their careers and feelings throughout the pandemic in Münster.

Dr. Katharina Fitzian, Prof. Dr. Daniel Kümmel, Dr. Andrea Oeckinghaus and Anne Brückner (from left) in their laboratories. The collage in the middle illustrates the structure of the TSC1 membrane binding domain (left) next to a fluorescent microscopic image showing the localization of the TSC complex (red) in cells.<address>© Kümmel team/Oeckinghaus team</address>
© Kümmel team/Oeckinghaus team

Research Team Investigates Causes of Tuberous Sclerosis

A team of biochemists from the Faculties of Chemistry/Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Münster has discovered a mechanism which regulates cell division and cell growth. The results can help to understand how Tuberous Sclerosis, a genetic disease, arises.

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