Hunting for "ghost particles": Neutrino observatory at the South Pole will be extended

700 improved sensors for particle detector "IceCube" in Antarctica / Researchers from Münster University participating
Milky Way and faint auroras in the sky above the antarctic IceCube Laboratory.<address>© Benjamin Eberhardt, IceCube/NSF</address>
© Benjamin Eberhardt, IceCube/NSF

For almost ten years, scientists from all over the world have been using the large-scale experiment "IceCube" to search for neutrinos in the permanent ice of the South Pole. Now the participating researchers, among them Prof. Alexander Kappes from Münster University, are pleased about a huge upgrade of the laboratory which is expected to cost 37 million US dollars.

Send us your holiday photo!

Kathrin Kottke in the nature park S'Albufera on the Spanish Balearic island Mallorca.<address>© Svenja Knüppe</address>
© Svenja Knüppe

University of Münster's summer worldwide: Under this title, the Communication and Public Relations Office of the University of Münster is once again this year calling on all members, students, alumni and friends of the University to take part in a photo competition. Editor Kathrin Kottke (photo) demonstrates it in the S'Albufera Nature Park on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca.

Many high-ranking publications in the natural sciences

"Nature Index 2019": Münster University is one of three German universities in the Top 100
The &quot;Nature Index&quot; includes scientific publications in renowned journals from the previous year.<address>© WWU - Michael Kuhlmann</address>
© WWU - Michael Kuhlmann

What are the research institutions with the highest number of high-ranking publications in the natural and life sciences? This question is addressed once a year by the renowned journal "Nature". The results of the recently published "Nature Index Global 2019" show that Münster University is one of only three German universities that have made it into the top 100 in the current ranking.

Chinese Academy of Sciences honours Jörg Kudla

Plant biologist at Münster University receives prize from the world's largest research institute
Prof. Jörg Kudla (left) took the award from Prof. Kang Chong, vice director of the Academy Institute of Botany in Beijing and a full member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.<address>© private</address>
© private

International honour for Prof. Dr. Jörg Kudla: The plant biologist at Münster University has been awarded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an outstanding scientist. Once a year, the Academy awards the title "Distinguished Scientist" to leading international researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and selects around 30 prize winners from more than 200 nominees.

From Münster to the world as a professor

Symposium "ROCCAT-II: Rising Organic Chemists in CATalysis" brings seven former postdocs back to the University of Münster
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A special alumni reunion: Between 2007 and 2014, they worked as postdocs at the Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Münster. The seven chemists now have their own research groups and are professors in China, India, France and Germany.

Münster wins competition as the location for new Battery Production Research Centre

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announces decision / Federal and state authorities to invest 700 million euros
Federal Minister of Research and Education Anja Karliczek congratulates Prof. Dr Martin Winter, scientific director of the MEET Battery Research Centre of the University of Münster.<address>© BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel</address>
© BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced in a press conference on 28 June 2019 that Münster was chosen as the location for the planned "Battery Production Research Centre". Following a rigorous national competition, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and Münster were selected over five other competing cities.

Chemists give chance a helping hand

Developing a method for discovering new chemical reactions / Study in “Chem”
Screening of a variety of possible substrates in the presence of a photocatalyst.<address>© Felix Strieth-Kalthoff</address>
© Felix Strieth-Kalthoff

Whether they are synthetic materials, medicines or flavourings, life without synthetically produced compounds is barely conceivable in our everyday lives. To produce suitable molecules, industry depends on efficient, long-term methods. Chemists at Münster University have developed a method to discover new and unexpected reactions. The study was published in the "Chem" journal.

Promoting junior researchers: an international task

Promoting academic talent is a challenge for all universities. Here are three guest commentaries from Basel, Zurich and Vienna.

Young scientists play a central role not only for the University of Münster. The promotion of young researchers is also an important task for universities beyond Germany's borders. The aim is to recruit excellent researchers both from Germany and from abroad and to retain them at the University.

Millions of war survivors worldwide suffer from mental illness

Psychologists at Münster University estimate the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after wars in the total population
The number of war survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder is high (stock photo).<address>© Ben White/Unsplash</address>
© Ben White/Unsplash

What scars can a war leave in people's psyches? According to estimates by psychologists at Münster University, one in five adults worldwide experienced war in their own country between 1989 and 2015 – more than 350 million of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. The study was published in the academic journal “European Journal of Psychotraumatology”.

Münster’s knowledge freshly tapped!

Münster’s knowledge freshly tapped, 1–3 July: Researchers will be talking about their work in pubs.
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© WWU - Erk Wibberg

From 1 to 3 July, anyone interested can "tap" the knowledge of researchers from Münster: Twelve scientists will be talking about interesting and new issues from various fields of research – in bars and pubs. Junior scientists from the University of Münster are organising the event for the second time this year.

Connecting fields: The Cluster of Excellence "Mathematics Münster" celebrates its official launch

Opening colloquium at the University of Münster with top-ranking international researchers
Happy about the opening of the Cluster of Excellence: Rector Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels (right), the spokespersons of the Cluster of Excellence Prof. Dr. Mario Ohlberger (left) and Prof. Dr. Christopher Deninger as well as the academic manager Dr. Anne Schindler.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Last week the new Cluster of Excellence "Mathematics Münster: Dynamics – Geometry – Structure" staged its opening event at the University of Münster with a three-day colloquium. From 20 to 22 June, fifteen distinguished international scholars from nine countries held specialist lectures, providing insights into their current research.

Between research and teaching – how doctoral students see their role

Researchers at the University of Münster discover that students doing a PhD in Psychology can identify with both roles
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© Startup Stock Photos

Am I more of a researcher or a teacher? For the first time, psychologists at Münster University have investigated both long-term and situation-related, short-term role identifications among junior researchers in Psychology. The study was published in the journal "Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education".

The President of the European Research Council Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon on the role of European research policy

"Europe has an important academic heritage."
Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council<address>© European Research Council</address>
© European Research Council

Today, 18 June, and tomorrow, 19 June, the University of Münster will host the annual Federal Conference of the "EU Cooperation Centre for Science Organisations" (KoWi). On this occasion the President of the European Research Council, Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, describes the role of European research policy.

Why does dandelion never fall ill?

Researchers at Münster University find out that dandelion possesses enzymes that have untypical abilities for plants / Study in "Angewandte Chemie”
Dandelion (Taraxanum)<address>© Wendy Morris/ Unsplash</address>
© Wendy Morris/ Unsplash

Biologists at Münster University have discovered that the dandelion has a large gene family of enzymes that have unusual catalytic abilities for plants. The enzymes might be partly responsible for the fact that dandelions hardly ever fall ill. Prof. Bruno Moerschbacher led the study published in "Angewandte Chemie" and reported on the new findings.

Cell communication in the "fear network"

Biologist Dr. Lena Goedecke<address>© WWU - Erk Wibberg</address>
© WWU - Erk Wibberg

Biologist Dr. Lena Goedecke investigates how nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other and regulate anxiety reactions. In a guest article, she gives insights into her doctoral thesis, which she did at the graduate school of the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence.