Digitalisation@WWU: Interview with psychologist Prof. Dr. Guido Hertel

Fourth in a video series on a special feature 'Digitalisation'
Prof. Dr. Guido Hertel<address>© WWU Münster</address>
© WWU Münster

"We live in exciting times", says Prof. Guido Hertel, Executive Director of the Institute of Psychology at Münster University. Digitalisation is changing not only the jobs market, but also our private lives. Guido Hertel calls for openness and user-friendliness in dealing with the new technologies.

"ERC Advanced Grants” for Ralf Adams and Frank Glorius

Researchers at Münster University and MPI Münster receive 4.7 million euros of funding from the European Research Council
Prof. Ralf Adams (l.) and Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© MPI Münster, J. Müller-Keuker / WWU, P. Dziemba</address>
© MPI Münster, J. Müller-Keuker / WWU, P. Dziemba

Two “Advanced Grants” from the European Research Council (ERC) go to researchers at the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Molecular Biomedicine in Münster. Biochemist Ralf Adams, Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University and at MPI, and Frank Glorius, Professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University, each receive one of the grants.

"Religion and Politics: The Magazine"

The Cluster of Excellence presents its interdisciplinary research in a new format
&quot;Religion and Politics: The Magazine&quot;<address>© exc</address>
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The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” introduces the wealth of its research in a new format: “Religion and Politics. The Magazine” presents in richly illustrated reports, interviews, portraits, and essays the research and the researchers connected over the past few years to the interdisciplinary network of the University of Münster.

Sensing interactions between molecules

Nanoscientists at the University of Münster have developed an atomically defined probe tip with extraordinary stability which enables them to image molecular structures by atomic force microscopy
Dr. Harry Mönig<address>© WWU/Florian Fontein</address>
© WWU/Florian Fontein

An experimental approach to visualize structures of organic molecules with exceptional resolution is reported by physicists and chemists from the University of Münster in a recently published study in the scientific journal “Nature Nanotechnology”.

"Human Frontier Science Program" funds two projects involving Münster University researchers

Bioinformatics specialist Prof. Erich Bornberg-Bauer and cell biologist Prof. Karin Busch receive prestigious funding awards
Prof. Erich Bornberg-Bauer and Prof. Karin Busch<address>© WWU/Peter Grewer, Laura Grahn</address>
© WWU/Peter Grewer, Laura Grahn

In the selection phase for 2018, the prestigious “Program Grant” research award given by the international “Human Frontier Science Program” goes to two members of the Department of Biology at the University of Münster – to bioinformatics specialist Prof. Erich Bornberg-Bauer and cell biologist Prof. Karin Busch.

Chemical synthesis with artificial intelligence: Researchers develop new computer method

Machine learning enables syntheses to be planned with unprecedented efficiency
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The board game Go was long considered to be a bastion reserved for human players due to its complexity. Nowadays, however, the world’s best players no longer have any chance of winning against the “AlphaGo” software. Researchers at the University of Münster have now demonstrated that the recipe for the success of this software can be put to excellent use to plan chemical syntheses.

Digitalisation@Münster University: An interview with medical informatics specialist Prof. Dr. Martin Dugas

The third in a series of videos on the subject of digitalisation
Prof. Dr. Martin Dugas<address>© WWU</address>

"Data protection and data security are absolutely fundamental conditions for people to be able to trust these systems", says Prof. Dr. Martin Dugas from the Institute of Medical Informatics. What he means are platforms such as Münster’s "Medical Data Models Portal", which provides online access to 15,000 medical questionnaires. The aim of the portal is to ensure more transparency in medical research.

Münster University physicists working on developing a computer modelled on a brain

"Our hardware could help to automatically identify cancer cells."
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Pernice<address>© WWU/Laura Grahn</address>
© WWU/Laura Grahn

Prof. Wolfram Pernice, a nanophysicist from the Institute of Physics at the University of Münster is carrying out research into intelligently networked computer technology which works in a similar way to the human brain. In this interview Pernice talks not only about this new research, and about artificial brains and prospects for the future.

March for Science

Science is a driving force

This year the University of Münster will again be participating in the March for Science. The Rectorate calls upon all members of the University to take part in the event, which takes place on April 14. The March for Science in an international movement whose aim is to draw attention to the value and the importance of science and research – in contrast, for example, to “alternative facts”.

How not to regulate social networks

A guest commentary by Prof. Nikolas Guggenberger on the new Network Enforcement Act

The Network Enforcement Act (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz) came into effect a few months ago. The aim of the Act is to prevent hate speech and fake news appearing on social media. In this commentary, however, lawyer Prof. Nikolas Guggenberger explains why the Act is not fit for purpose. Part Four in a series of guest commentaries.

Münster researchers make a fly’s heartbeat visible

Software automatically recognizes pulse / Collaboration between computer scientists and biologists
A fruit-fly pupa<address>© Dimitri Berh, Benjamin Risse</address>
© Dimitri Berh, Benjamin Risse

Researchers at the University of Münster have developed a new method for visualizing the heartbeat of fruit-fly pupae and automatically recording the pulse frequency. The researchers involved are from the Computer Science Department and the Institute for Neuro- and Behavioural Biology.

Fake news? Disinformation in the age of digital media

"In our digitalized everyday lives, both misinformation and disinformation seem to be spreading ever more rapidly" / A guest commentary by Felix Brinkschulte and Dr. Lena Frischlich
Dr. Lena Frischlich<address>© IfK/Susanne Lüdeling</address>
© IfK/Susanne Lüdeling

Felix Brinkschulte and Dr. Lena Frischlich are undertaking research into the resilience of democracy in times of online propaganda, fake news and hate speech. In this guest commentary, the communication specialists explain how it is becoming increasingly difficult to assess the credibility of sources on the internet. Part Three in a series of guest commentaries on the subject of fake news.

A vision for the future: automatic recognition of fake news

"Facebook deploys a host of checkers to detect fake news." / A guest commentary by Dr. Christian Grimme
Dr. Christian Grimme<address>© private</address>
© private

Dr. Christian Grimme researches into strategies to combat hidden online propaganda attacks. In this guest commentary the information systems specialist explains what makes fake news appear to be so dangerous in the digital age. This is the second in a series of guest commentaries on fake news.

Digitalisation@WWU: An interview with geoinformatics specialist Daniel Nüst

Part Two of the video series on the special topic of "Digitalisation"
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How precisely was the scientific experiment carried out – and what were the results? What does the researcher’s digital lab look like? In this second part of the video series on "Digitalisation@WWU", Daniel Nüst from the Institute of Geoinformatics explains why the reproducibility of research data is an important mainstay of science.

First "Art Law Clinic" in Germany

Institute of Media Law at Münster University and Münster Academy of Art launch unique collaborative project
The initiator of the Art Law Clinic, Prof. Thomas Hoeren<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

Art meets law – and vice-versa. The first so-called Art Law Clinic will soon be starting its work at the University of Münster, with law students giving legal advice to art students – an idea which, as art lawyer Prof. Hoeren puts it – is unique worldwide.