Diversity or unity: Researchers at the new Käte Hamburger Kolleg of the University of Münster are looking at different legal systems within a geographical area.<address>© Unsplash - Elena Mozhvilo</address>
© Unsplash - Elena Mozhvilo

Legal Unity and Pluralism: content and the aims of the new Käte Hamburger Kolleg

Since June 1, the University of Münster has a Käte Hamburger Kolleg, for the first time. Under the leadership of historian Prof. Ulrike Ludwig and jurist Prof. Peter Oestmann, academics from all over the world will be carrying out research on "Legal Unity and Pluralism". Norbert Robers spoke with Peter Oestmann on the content and the aims of the Kolleg.

A microparticle held with optical tweezers in the microscope. Inset: Illustration of the held particle (magnified); shown in red is the light of the infrared laser used.<address>© Pascal Runde</address>
© Pascal Runde

Simplified method for calibrating optical tweezers

A team of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Cornelia Denz has developed a simplified method to perform the necessary calibration of optical tweezers. Shortening the measurement time helps to reduce the risk of damage to biological samples due to light-induced heating.

Prof. Dr. Julia Metag<address>© WWU - Lukas Walbaum</address>
© WWU - Lukas Walbaum

Julia Metag admitted to Academia Europaea

The scientific society "Academia Europaea" has admitted Prof. Dr. Julia Metag from the University of Münster The 37-year-old communication scientist is one of the youngest members whose outstanding scientific achievements are honoured with admission to the society.


Prof. Andrea Rentmeister is working on methods to make mRNA molecules visible and to make them accessible to analysis.<address>© WWU - Laura Grahn</address>
© WWU - Laura Grahn

Honour for chemist from the University of Münster

The "Royal Society of Chemistry" has elected Prof. Andrea Rentmeister as a Fellow. It thus honours the chemist's achievements in the field of biomolecular labelling chemistry.

As happy as a cow in a meadow. In dairy farming, grazing is by no means a given.<address>© Adobe Stock</address>
© Adobe Stock

A responsibility for all living things

The "3T" project (“Tierschutz, Tierwohl und Tierethik” – in English: animal protection, animal welfare and animal ethics) combines basic research and practical research, networks relevant research activities at Münster University and raises public awareness of animal rights by means of knowledge transfer. It is one of eleven "Topical Programs” promoted by the University of Münster.

Genuine blood traces or an artificial substance? Lab workers analyse blood spatter on a pair of jeans.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Insights into the laboratory of the Institute of Forensic Medicine

This second part of a series about laboratories at Münster University takes us inside the Institute of Forensic Medicine – to be precise, inside the Department of Forensic Molecular Biology. The team carries out parentage testing, for example paternity tests, and analyses forensic evidence from crime scenes – also known as DNA traces – for judicial and law enforcement authorities.

Freie Universität Berlin: sustainability affects the entire institution.<address>© Dirk Laubner</address>
© Dirk Laubner

How other universities live sustainability

In this dossier over the past six months, the Communications and Press Office at the University has shed light on the issue of sustainability, and its many facets, and on the challenges it entails. To round off the series, we look further afield, beyond Münster University.

Norbert Sachser is Senior Professor of Behavioural Biology at Münster University. In 2018 he published his book “The Human in the Animal”, which immediately entered the German bestseller lists.<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

Optimist by disposition

Prof. Norbert Sachser takes it with humour when he is called the "guinea pig expert" – even if it means forgetting that Sachser’s research involves around 30 animal species. The university newspaper "wissen|leben" dedicated a portrait to the internationally renowned senior professor.

Medical graduate Stefanie Bobe worked behind the microscope a lot during her studies in experimental medicine at the University of Münster.<address>© WWU - Michael Kuhlmann</address>
© WWU - Michael Kuhlmann

First graduate of the Study Programme "Experimental Medicine"

Stefanie Bobe wants to dive deeper into medicine looking at the biomedical basis for improved diagnostic and therapeutic options. Therefore, she did an additional, science-oriented Master's degree in experimental medicine parallel to her medical studies and became part of an interdisciplinary research team.

Researchers produced instructions for building the microscope<address>© Timo Betz</address>
© Timo Betz

High-resolution microscope built from LEGO and bits of phone

Microscopy is an essential tool in many fields of science and medicine, but many have limited access to this technology. Researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Münster managed to builld a high-resolution microscope using nothing more than LEGO and affordable parts from a mobile phone. Then they showed that children could significantly increase their understanding of microscopy by making it.

Alexander Zahrer<address>© WWU - Benjamin Leers</address>
© WWU - Benjamin Leers

Last part of the series "What's next": Alexander Zahrer

What is research like when there are hardly any sources? This is what Alexander Zahrer discusses in this video. He is a research associate at the Department of Linguistics, and in his PhD thesis he is attempting to document “Muyu”, a language in New Guinea which is close to extinction. To this end he has often travelled to the rainforest and has live with the locals – also learning Indonesian for his project.

Comparison of the theoretically calculated structure (DFT, right) of the ordered NHC single layer with the experimental scanning tunneling microscopy image (STM, left). N: nitrogen atom, C: carbon atom, Si: silicon atom, B: boron atom.<address>© Dr. Martin Franz and Dr. Hazem Aldahhak</address>
© Dr. Martin Franz and Dr. Hazem Aldahhak

New method for molecular functionalization of surfaces

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has succeeded in depositing nitrogen-containing organic molecules as a highly ordered layer on silicon. This opens up new perspectives for the development of more powerful semiconductor materials, which can be used, for example, in computers, photovoltaics or sensor technology.

Archaeologists and geologists from the Universities of Münster, Aarhus, St. Andrews and Stirling have now discovered that, over the centuries, numerous small quantities of contaminants have collected in the soil around medium-sized towns in the ancient world.<address>© Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project</address>
© Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project

Environmental pollution as far back as antiquity

Current research shows that environmental pollution is a phenomenon found not only in modern times. Archaeologists and geologists from the Universities of Münster, Aarhus, St. Andrews and Stirling have now discovered that, over the centuries, numerous small quantities of contaminants have collected in the soil around medium-sized towns in the ancient world.

The Botanical Garden<address>© WWU - Malte Papenfuss</address>
© WWU - Malte Papenfuss

Dossier-video series: The Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is a popular attraction in Münster, and at the same time it contributes to sustainability at the University of Münster – not only by offering guided tours which deal with issues such as climate change, but also because of the diversity of its plant life and its location in the centre of the city.

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.

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