Prof. Norbert Hölzel’s team conducted a wide-ranging study in the Betpak-Dala in Central Kazakhstan on the influence of grazing on ecosystem services.<address>© AG Hölzel</address>
© AG Hölzel

Biodiversity in drylands can mitigate climate change

An international research team conducted the first global field study on the ecological impacts of grazing in drylands. A team from the University of Münster led by Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel was involved in the study. They collected data in a steppe-like semi-desert in Central Kazakhstan. The study results have now been published in the scientific journal “Science”.

The newly appointed scholar of Islamic Studies Philip Bockholt examines historical manuscripts and draws conclusions about the people who owned, read or sold them – making them part of a transfer of knowledge.<address>© WWU - Meike Reiners</address>
© WWU - Meike Reiners

Translations trace the path of knowledge

Since the beginning of the winter semester, Bockholt has been Assistant Professor for the History of the Turkish-Persian World. In addition, he heads the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Inner-Islamic Transfer of Knowledge” funded by the German Research Foundation, which is working on Arabic, Persian and Turkish translation processes in the Eastern Mediterranean.

With the ERC funding Prof. Dr. Giles Gardam will continue his research on the Kaplansky conjectures.<address>© WWU - Victoria Liesche</address>
© WWU - Victoria Liesche

European Research Council awards Giles Gardam a Starting Grant

Prof. Dr. Giles Gardam from the Mathematical Institute at Münster University is awarded an “ERC Starting Grant” by the European Research Council (ERC). The grant is considered particularly prestigious and is endowed with 1.2 million euros.


A focused laserbeam generates single photos by a single quantum dot inside the photonic waveguides.<address>© Dominik Bühler</address>
© Dominik Bühler

Researchers control individual light quanta at very high speed

A team of German and Spanish researchers headed by Prof. Hubert Krenner from the Institute of Physics at Münster University has succeeded in using a soundwave to switch individual photons on a chip back and forth between two outputs at gigahertz frequencies.

Valeriia Ahlborn (right) worked to get the “MINT4all” project offered for children from the Ukraine.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Reducing language barriers and promoting self-confidence

The workshop project "MINT4all" for children from Ukraine has started at the University of Münster. The project team is looking forward to volunteers who would like to participate. Especially people with Ukrainian or Russian language skills are welcome.

Prof. Armido Studer with Dr. Hui Cao and Dr. Qiang Cheng (from left). The flipchart shows the chemical transformation of loratadine, an important histamine H1-receptor antagonist modified through a trifluoromethyl group.<address>© Münster University – Studer working group</address>
© Münster University – Studer working group

Researchers at Münster University solve a problem in organic chemistry

Scientists led by Prof. Armido Studer from the Organic Chemistry Institute at the University of Münster have developed a strategy that could give a boost to the development of pyridine-containing drugs and organic functional materials.

Dusty work: in temperatures of around 40 degrees, a student cleans one part of the excavation field.<address>© WWU - Sophie Pieper</address>
© WWU - Sophie Pieper

Through the dust to the stone

Every year, members of the Asia Minor Research Centre at Münster University spend several weeks in the summer in south-eastern Turkey to study the archaeological remains of the village of Doliche. Sophie Pieper, a member of the University’s Communications and PR Department took a look at the excavation during a visit there.

Prof. Corinna Norrick-Rühl has taken a detailed look at the privileges of private book ownership.<address>© WWU - MünsterView</address>
© WWU - MünsterView

Upgrading a piece of furniture

Dr. Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Professor of Book Studies at Münster University’s Department of English, is the co-editor of a collection entitled “Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic”, which examines the privileges of private book ownership. With a Swedish “Billy” bookshelf as the starting point, she and 14 other authors look at questions of participation in society.

Prof. Hans-Ulrich Humpf, Dr. Benedikt Cramer and PhD student Amelie Frank at the new spectrometer (from left). The team can use this piece of equipment to demonstrate the presence of small quantities of mycotoxins and other substances.<address>© Münster University - Peter Leßmann</address>
© Münster University - Peter Leßmann

Urine reveals our eating habits

Countless metabolic products can be found in urine that say something about a person's environment. Food chemists at WWU Münster search for these traces and are in international demand for their expertise.

One of the most well-known cryptocurrencies is Bitcoin (₿), which is limited to ₿21 million units worldwide.<address>© WWU - Designservice</address>
© WWU - Designservice

Cryptocurrencies: a rollercoaster ride

Cryptocurrencies: some people hype them, others disdain them – and most people have no idea what’s behind them. This digital currency is based on a complex, highly technological encryption process – the so-called blockchain. A brief description of the digital currency shows its turbulent a rollercoaster ride.

Hubble image of the spiral galaxy NGC 1068.<address>© NASA / ESA / A. van der Hoeven</address>
© NASA / ESA / A. van der Hoeven

Neutrinos give the first insight into the interior of an active galaxy

Using the neutrino detector “IceCube”, researchers have for the first time found indications of high-energy neutrinos originating from an active galaxy in the Cetus (‘whale’) constellation. Alexander Kappes' group at the Institute of Nuclear Physics at WWU is involved in the "IceCube" project.

<address>© CiM/M. Heine, B. Risse, D. Beckmann</address>
© CiM/M. Heine, B. Risse, D. Beckmann

Video: Benjamin Risse on computer science between the sciences

Many exciting research questions arise when computer science intersects with other sciences. In this video, Prof Benjamin Risse gives examples of how artificial intelligence is helping analyse the behaviour of ants and biomedical images. He also talks about how mathematics can be made accessible and what makes academia more attractive to him than business. The video is in German with English subtitles available.

International scientists get the chance to inform themselves about stays in Münster.<address>© WWU - Welcome Centre</address>
© WWU - Welcome Centre

Info event: „Staying in Germany as a Career Choice“

The Welcome Centre and the Graduate Centre of the University of Münster invite international scientists and their hosts to a digital information event. On November 10, all interested parties will have the opportunity to obtain information about their stay in Münster and at university.

Vice-Rector Prof. Michael Quante presents the award to Nazarii Lishchuk at a ceremony.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Medical student Nazarii Lishchuk receives DAAD prize

Nazarii Lishchuk receives this year's DAAD Prize of the German Academic Exchange Service for his social and intercultural commitment as well as his academic achievements. The Ukrainian has been studying human medicine at Münster University since 2019. Among other things, he is involved in the ambulant healthcare service, the „MediSupport-International“ project and as a volunteer interpreter.

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