New Collaborative Research Centre at Münster University

German Research Foundation approves nine million euros for a Collaborative Research Centre on "Law and Literature"
web-oD4O9Ha6-webM.jpg<address>© DFG</address>
© DFG

Good news for the University of Münster: The German Research Foundation has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre. The interdisciplinary project "Law and Literature", which is coordinated by the Departments of Philology and Law, will receive approximately nine million euros and will start on July 1.

Support on the way to a professorhsip

Advice on making applications, on stays abroad, and on funding programmes – there is a wide range of measures on offer to postdocs

At Münster University there are various offers and funding programmes that support postdocs on their way to becoming professors.

A refugee’s personality is a factor that decides how successful integration is

Psychologists show which personality traits of refugees help decide how quickly they gain a foothold in Germany.
Refugees in a language class.<address>© Adobe Stock/ Frank Gärtner</address>
© Adobe Stock/ Frank Gärtner

Refugees who are more willing to take risks, are more likely to return favours and are convinced that they have their own lives under control integrate more quickly into society. This is shown by a study by scientists from Münster University, Saarland University and the German Institute for Economic Research. The study was published in the journal "Collabra: Psychology".

Formation of the moon brought water to earth

Planetologists from Münster explain how the Earth became a habitable planet / Publication in "Nature Astronomy"
The rising Earth from the perspective of the moon<address>© NASA Goddard</address>
© NASA Goddard

As the only terrestrial planet, the Earth has a large amount of water and a relatively large moon. Both are essential for life to develop on Earth. Planetologists from Münster University have now been able to show for the first time that water came to Earth with the formation of the Moon. The results are published in the journal "Nature Astronomy".

Historian Prof. Torsten Hiltmann aims to make use of machine learning for medieval research

"By using artificial intelligence, we can make things visible which have so far been hidden"
Search for places, names and key words or phrases: If, for example, a word such as &quot;Allemaigne&quot; is entered (the medieval French word for “Germany”), the programme displays all the pages which contain the word.<address>© Screenshot of the project page Himanis</address>
© Screenshot of the project page Himanis

At first glance, medieval research and artificial intelligence seem to be a contradiction in terms. After all, historical studies and the like were long seen as being subjects greatly removed from the world of IT. However, methods such as machine learning on the part of computer programmes, which learn new things and correct themselves, open up new opportunities for historians doing research.

“Body & Brain” under one roof

German Council of Science and Humanities recommends funding for planned "Body & Brain Institute Münster"
Impression of the Body &amp; Brain Institute Münster. This is the view from Rishon-Le-Zion Ring.<address>© Nickl und Partner Architekten</address>
© Nickl und Partner Architekten

The name speaks for itself: The "Body & Brain Institute Münster" (BBIM) is not supposed to investigate diseases and their development singularly, but from the point of view of the interaction between brain and body. The joint large-scale project of the University of Münster and the Universitätsklinikum Münster (UKM) has now been recommended for funding by the German Council of Science and Humanities.

Geologists discover previously unknown region of the Earth’s mantle

The Mystery of Bermuda – Researchers explore volcanic rock / Study in "Nature"
The studied volcanic rock under the microscope: Thin section image in cross polarized light showing clinopyroxene crystals which were used to calculate water concentrations of the magma.<address>© Sarah Mazza</address>
© Sarah Mazza

Bermuda in the western Atlantic Ocean is a special terrain because it is located on the top of a 4,570 meter high extinct volcano. An international research team has now investigated the rock under Bermuda for the first time in detail geochemically. The geologists discovered a previously unknown region of the Earth's mantle. The study was published in the "Nature" journal.

German Research Foundation approves new Research Training Group

Four million euros for new programme to research into ion channels
The research areas of the Research Training Group include molecular imaging and cell physiology.<address>© WWU - Chembion</address>
© WWU - Chembion

The University of Münster is setting up a new Research Training Group to be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The PhD programme, conducted in English and entitled “Chemical Biology of Ion Channels (Chembion)” will run for four and a half years in the initial funding period and will be receiving around four million euros from the German Research Foundation.

Researchers take a step towards light-based, brain-like computing chip

New light-based hardware which can store and process information in a similar way to the human brain / Study published in “Nature” journal
Schematic illustration of a light-based, brain-inspired chip. By mimicking biological neuronal systems, photonic neuromorphic processors provide a promising platform to tackle challenges in machine learning and pattern recognition.<address>© Johannes Feldmann</address>
© Johannes Feldmann

Experimental milestone: Researchers at Münster University have developed a chip containing a network of artificial neurons that works with light and can imitate the behaviour of neurons and their synapses. Such an optical neurosynaptic network is able to “learn” information and use this as a basis for computing and recognizing patterns. The study is published in “Nature”.

International award for Frank Glorius

Münster University organic chemist receives Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize
Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© WWU - Peter Dziemba</address>
© WWU - Peter Dziemba

Chemist Prof. Frank Glorius has been awarded the Gay-Lussac Humboldt Prize for his outstanding research and his close links to France in his work.The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research awards the prize to excellent German researchers, who are seen as examples of special collaboration between the two countries. Once a year, two researchers are chosen who each receive 60,000 euros.

Royal Society of Chemistry honours Armido Studer

Organic Chemist at the University receives award in UK / "Outstanding contributions towards the development of novel radical-based methodologies"
Prof. Armido Studer<address>© AK Studer</address>
© AK Studer

Prof. Armido Studer, an organic chemist at Münster University, has been named winner of the “Pedler Award” from the british Royal Society of Chemistry. He has won the award for outstanding contributions towards the development of novel radical-based methodologies. In addition to a medal and prize money of 2,000 British pounds, Armido Studer is invited to give lectures at various universities in the UK.

Researchers discover a trigger for directed cell motion

Self-organising system enables motile cells to form complex search pattern / Study published in "Nature Physics"
20190506_3dcell-ibar-actin_c-IsabellBegemann-MilosGalic_2-1.jpg<address>© Isabell Begemann, Milos Galic</address>
© Isabell Begemann, Milos Galic

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence University have discovered that curvatures of cell membranes trigger a self-organising system. As a result, cells can move in the same direction over a longer distance, forming search patterns. The study has been published in the journal “Nature Physics”.

Astroparticle physicists observe the longest half-life ever directly measured

Detector for dark matter search provides impressive measurement results / Publication in "Nature"
Important part of the experiment: the cryostat hangs from the support structure within the water tank.<address>© XENON Collaboration</address>
© XENON Collaboration

The universe is almost 14 billion years old. For some radioactive nuclei, this time is short: they take many times longer to decay. An international research team led by physicist Prof. Christian Weinheimer at Münster University has now observed a half-life more than a trillion times longer than the age of the universe. The study was published in "Nature".

Dr. Benjamin Bomfleur on finding a reptile footprint in the Antarctic

"We were astonished" / Published in "Polar Research" journal / Discovery of 200 million-year-old dinosaur footprint
The discovery: a 200 million year old reptile footprint<address>© Dr. Benjamin Bomfleur</address>
© Dr. Benjamin Bomfleur

Around three years ago, researchers on an Antarctic expedition, including Münster University palaeobotanist Dr. Benjamin Bomfleur, made an incredible discovery in northern Victoria Land. They found the 200 million-year-old footprint of an extinct reptile. The researchers have now published their findings from the hand-sized footprint in the journal “Polar Research”.