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

New publication: "Twelve Months, Twelve People - Portraits 2022"

With the publication "Twelve Months, Twelve People - Portraits 2022", the Office of Communication and Public Relations would like to take into account the diversity at Münster University and introduce some outstanding people of the past year.

The Code of Conduct affirms for example respect and esteem in our relations with one another.<address>© WWU - Designservice</address>
© WWU - Designservice

“Code of Conduct”: Living together better

The Rectorate of the University of Münster has approved the Code of Conduct – an overarching document in which the values which unite people at the University and to which the University as an institution is committed are brought together and made transparent.


Prof. Frank Glorius is involved in a current study that presents novel molecules that can be used to inactivate &quot;cancer genes&quot;.<address>© Bayer Foundation</address>
© Bayer Foundation

Chemists develop new approach in cancer research

An American-German research team describes in the scientific journal "Nature" a new approach to switch off certain "cancer genes" via a targeted modification of RNA. Among the scientists is Prof. Frank Glorius from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the WWU Münster.

GSO1 is important for plant salt stress tolerance. Left: Loss-of-function mutants of GSO1 (gso1) exhibit reduced root and shoot growth in the presence of salt stress as compared to wildtype (Col). Middle: Salt stress induces enhanced GSO1 receptor kinase accumulation specifically in the root tip meristem and in the endodermis of the differentiation zone. The kinase SOS2 is present in the whole root; its protein accumulation is evenly enhanced upon salt stress. Right: Model of salt stressed Arabidopsis roots.<address>© Chen C. et al./The EMBO Journal (2023)e113004</address>
© Chen C. et al./The EMBO Journal (2023)e113004

Researchers find new mechanism for sodium salt detoxification in plants

A team of researchers, including Prof Jörg Kudla from the Institute of the Biology and Biotechnology of Plants at Münster University, has found a mechanism in thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) which enables plants to provide protection against salt stress for their sensitive stem cells in the meristem at the root tip.

Installing the new ALICE silicon detector near the LHC beam tube.<address>© CERN</address>

Physicist Christian Klein-Bösing about the collaboration at CERN

Uncovering the secrets of the universe: this is one of many aims which CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Geneva has. Prof. Christian Klein-Bösing from the Institute of Nuclear Physics at Münster University has been working on the ALICE project there for many years. In an interview, he explains what the project is about and what collaboration is like in a large team.

<address>© WiRe - Nikolaus Urban</address>
© WiRe - Nikolaus Urban

New Call: WiRe Fellowships

The call for applications for "WiRe (Women in Research) Fellowships" is open until 15 September. The call is aimed at international female postdocs who want to carry out a research project together with a professor at Münster University in the coming year.

In the Center for Soft Nanoscience physicists, chemists, biologists and physicians research together under one roof<address>© WWU - MünsterView</address>
© WWU - MünsterView

When interdisciplinary collaboration begins with the architecture

The Center for Soft Nanoscience is a research building for the nano-sciences. Here, 32 teams from the physics, chemistry, biology and medicine do their work using high-precision nano-analytical methods. The special thing: Together under one roof, scientists are researching how nanomaterials with complex properties are created in nature in order to produce nanomaterials based on this model.

Preceding the work: the search for a common language<address>© WWU - kn</address>
© WWU - kn

Preceding the work: the search for a common language

It is an unwritten law: scientific exchanges and interdisciplinarity are the basis for excellent research. How does interdisciplinary collaboration increase the gain in knowledge? What obstacles have to be overcome in everyday work? We take a closer look at these and other questions by presenting two research projects from the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Dr. Michael te Vrugt’s work is a balancing act between the Humanities and the Natural Sciences: for him, it provides welcome variety.<address>© Münster University - Peter Leßmann</address>
© Münster University - Peter Leßmann

Michael te Vrugt is a physicist and philosopher - a portrait

Physics and philosophy are Michael te Vrugt's two specialities. For the 27-year-old, it was sometimes exhausting, but above all a welcome change to study both disciplines in parallel and to complete two doctoral theses.

Senior lecturer Dr. Saeed Amirjalayer (from left), Prof. Harald Fuchs and senior lecturer Dr. Harry Mönig at the atomic force microscope at CeNTech. The device can be used to identify different atoms.<address>© WWU- Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU- Peter Leßmann

Chemistry and physics are intermeshed

At the nanoscale, the laws of quantum mechanics apply and the boundaries between chemistry and physics become blurred. Three scientists provide insights into their research in this border area.

The quality management system and system accreditation will benefit the wide range of teaching and learning undertaken – whether in the lab or the lecture hall, whether in working in small groups or, for example, in the Communication Sciences GameLab.<address>© WWU - Nike Gais (oben), Heiner Witte (u. l.), Peter Leßmann (u. r.)</address>
© WWU - Nike Gais (oben), Heiner Witte (u. l.), Peter Leßmann (u. r.)

In-depth debate on studies and teaching

The University of Münster is on the way to establishing a quality management (QM) system with the aim of system accreditation – a long process, and one which kicked off at the beginning of the year. In gaining system accreditation, a university has the right to award the seal of the Accreditation Council for the courses of study for which it holds examinations.

Aerial view of Münster &quot;Schloss&quot;, the central seat of the university administration<address>© WWU - Jan Lehmann</address>
© WWU - Jan Lehmann

Ministry approves change of university's name

The Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia has approved the change of the name Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster to Universität Münster. The use of the new name will come into force on October 1.

The main building of the National University in Chernivtsi, in western Ukraine. The university was founded in 1875.<address>© Oleksandr Malyon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons</address>
© Oleksandr Malyon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

More than just an act of solidarity

The University of Münster has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ukrainian Yuri Fedkovych National University in Chernivtsi. Especially now it is of particular importance "not to let the academic contact break off, but to promote it", says the International Office.

Around 10,000 petitions like this one were submitted to Pope Pius XII by Jewish people during the Second World War.<address>© WWU - Norbert Robers</address>
© WWU - Norbert Robers

Researchers assess the Vatican’s reactions to petitions from Jews

A team headed by church historian Prof. Hubert Wolf is researching in the Vatican’s archives into how the Roman Curia reacted to petitions submitted by Jews to Pope Pius XII during the Second World War. Some initial findings and tendencies have already clearly indicated that the Curia took an approach of Christian charity.

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