Plants are an underestimated motif in the science fiction genre.<address>© Aline Klieber</address>
© Aline Klieber

"Practices of Literature" Graduate School is studying the connection between plants and literature

Modern cultural man likes to see himself as the measure of all things. Plants are often regarded as mute and passive, culturally negligible beings. However, the great potential of plants in literature is now being shown by young members of the philology department in their exhibition "Eden? Plants between Science and Fiction", which can be seen in the Botanical Garden from 15 to 29 May.


Genetically identical mice are used in animal research in order to achieve standardised testing conditions.<address>© University of Münster - Department of Behavioural Biology</address>
© University of Münster - Department of Behavioural Biology

Animal research: influence of experimenters on results less strong than expected

The Number One confounding factor in animal research is the person conducting the experiment. A team headed by behavioural biologists Dr. Vanessa von Kortzfleisch and Prof. Helene Richter examined this factor in behavioural experiments involving mice at different locations.

<address>© WWU - Sophie Pieper</address>
© WWU - Sophie Pieper

Video: Great responsibility – the work of the Animal Welfare Officers at Münster University

On the occasion of World Animal Lab Day on April 24, Dr. Katja Siegeler shows her work in a video. As an Animal Welfare Officer she makes sure that regulations, conditions and requirements are all complied with – in the interests of animal welfare. She also advises scientists on setting up animal experiments and on keeping laboratory animals.

Many migrant labourers work in construction abroad.<address>© Unsplash - Ivan Henao</address>
© Unsplash - Ivan Henao

Flourishing trade in workers

In her dissertation at the Institute of Geography, Dr. Hannah Uprety took the example of Nepal to examine the mechanisms and structures behind forms of labour migration. The conclusion she came to was that in the marketing of Nepalese labour, it is not only the current logic of globalisation that plays a role, but also historical power constellations and colonial infrastructures.

Prof Dr Burkhard Wilking conducts research in the field of theoretical mathematics at the University of Münster.<address>© WWU - Victoria Liesche</address>
© WWU - Victoria Liesche

“That special moment when an idea becomes reality”

He will be only the eighth winner of the prestigious Karl Georg Christian von Staudt Prize: Prof Dr Burkhard Wilking from the Differential Geometry group at the Mathematical Institute of the WWU will receive the most highly endowed mathematics award in Germany on Friday (22 April). In an interview for "wissen|leben", Burkhard Wilking talks about his work and passion for his subject.

Björn Erndwein continues wearing a face masks.<address>© WWU</address>

New campaign: "We wear masks!"

With the slogan "We wear masks!", the University of Münster is calling on students, employees and guests to continue wearing face masks in university buildings. The focus is on the health and safety of all university members. In the coming weeks, staff and students of the university will present their reasons for continuing to wear a mask as part of a campaign.

Prof Dr Ulrich Pfister holds the Chair of Social and Economic History of Modern and Contemporary Times at the WWU.<address>© Thomas Kundy</address>
© Thomas Kundy

“The sanctions are massive and unprecedented”

With its war against Ukraine, Russia has attracted unprecedented sanctions from many states, especially those in the West. Prof. Dr Ulrich Pfister, economic and social historian at the University of Münster, spoke in an interview with Norbert Robers about the history of economic sanctions and the significance of the current measures against Russia.


Pixel Photonics raised 1.45 million euros in seed-round

The start-up Pixel Photonics from Münster has received 1.45 million euros in a seed round from High-Tech Gründerfonds, Quantonation and an industry expert. The team was among the first start-ups to go through the REACH Incubator in 2021.

Nadine Heiden<address>© WWU - Erk Wibberg</address>
© WWU - Erk Wibberg

Profession: Physician and scientist

Medical professional Nadine Heiden is training to become a specialist physician while actively pursuing research. "I always wanted to do both," she says – and a close connection between research and patient care can only be beneficial. Although the dual qualification is challenging, Nadine Heiden provides insight into how it is working out for her.

On 21 April 1986, on the market square in Bonn, the then Minister of Labour, Norbert Blüm, took a brush and himself pasted up the first poster in an information campaign on how safe pensions were.<address>© picture-alliance / dpa | Peter Popp</address>
© picture-alliance / dpa | Peter Popp

Fact-check: two experts explain the challenges facing the German pension system

Provision for our old age concerns all of us. In this fact-check, Prof. Aloys Prinz, Director of the Institute of Public Economics II at the University of Münster, and Fabian Dittrich, one of the two spokesmen of the German Institute of Old-Age Insurance, provide an overview of how the pension system is financed and they talk about the future challenges posed by demographic change.

Researchers publish study on the personality of the rich compared to the general population<address>© -</address>
© -

Millionaires more risk-tolerant and emotionally stable

According to a study by researchers from the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the University of Münster, millionaires are more risk-tolerant, emotionally stable, open, extroverted, and conscientious than the general population. The study is published in the journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communications

Fruit flies that are ready to mate at the same time of day have a better chance of meeting and reproducing.<address>© Studiotouch –</address>
© Studiotouch –

Fruit flies adapt activity to “white nights”

Fruit flies with a new variant of a "clock gene" are spreading northwards. A team led by neurobiologists Prof Ralf Stanewsky and Dr Angélique Lamaze from WWU has now found an explanation for this phenomenon.

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