"Our PhD students and postdocs should get to know one another"

Münster University promotes an interdisciplinary culture among junior researchers in many different ways - here are two examples
<address>© WWU - Kathrin Nolte</address>
© WWU - Kathrin Nolte

Helping junior researchers to look beyond their own four walls in preparation for an academic career is something that the University of Münster does not only in a decentralised way – in individual faculties, with a wide range of qualification opportunities – but also across faculty borders, with numerous centralised offers of support.

"I want to show Jewish culture in all its richness"

Katrin Kogman-Appel, holder of a Humboldt Professorship of Jewish Studies, researches at the "Religion and Politics" Cluster of Excellence
The Jewish studies scholar and Humboldt Professor Katrin Kogman-Appel devotes her academic life to illustrated Jewish manuscripts of the Middle Ages.<address>© Cluster of Excellence Religion and Politics - Wilfried Gerharz</address>
© Cluster of Excellence Religion and Politics - Wilfried Gerharz

With the Jewish studies scholar Katrin Kogman-Appel, the WWU succeeded in 2016 in bringing one of the most internationally renowned experts in this field to Münster. She enriches conversations about world religions, conversations for which the University offers ideal conditions, not least with the "Religion and Politics" Cluster of Excellence.

Four disciplines united under a single roof

SoN Spokespersons Prof. Helmut Zacharias (Physics) and Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo (Chemistry) report on the new research building
The Center for Soft Nanoscience from the outside<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

In the new research building Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) researchers investigate how nanomaterials with complex properties and functions are produced in nature in order to follow this proven design strategy. The four disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and biomedicine are now for the first time united under a single roof.

Converting biomass by applying mechanical force

Nanoscientists discovering a new reaction mechanism to cleave cellulose efficiently and environmentally friendly.
The molecular structure of cellulose, to which nanoscientists applied mechanical force (green arrows). The hydrolysis reaction changed dramatically as a result.<address>© Saeed Amirjalayer et al./Angew Chem</address>
© Saeed Amirjalayer et al./Angew Chem

Nanoscientists at Münster University have succeeded in demonstrating a new reaction mechanism to cleave cellulose efficiently. This new reaction could lead to an efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective process for the conversion of biomass. The study was published in the journal "Angewandte Chemie".

From dandelion to car tyre

Project by plant researchers of Münster University is a highlight of the "Plant biotechnology of the future" initiative
Dandelion (Taraxacum spec.)<address>© PLANT 2030</address>
© PLANT 2030

In the recently published final report of the nationwide initiative "Plant Biotechnology of the Future", a project by scientists of the University of Münster has been selected as one of six research highlights of the programme. The scientists investigated how the Russian dandelion can be used sustainably to produce raw materials such as latex or rubber.

One term – three different interpretations

How the three Clusters of Excellence understand and use "dynamics"
„Dynamic” has a wide range of meanings in research at the University of Münster.<address>© WWU - Jan Lehmann</address>
© WWU - Jan Lehmann

As different as the term "dynamic" is used and understood in science, so diverse are the research areas of the University of Münster, in which dynamic even plays a central role in the title. The spokespersons of the three clusters of excellence provide information on their understanding of the term.

Developing future super-batteries

New research initiative will power up Europe’s battery revolution / Involvement of the University of Münster
Formulation of electrolytes with High Throughput Screening (HTS)<address>© MEET/Judith Kraft</address>
© MEET/Judith Kraft

The new "Battery 2030+" large-scale research initiative supported by the European Commission will gather leading scientists in Europe, as well as the industry, to achieve a leap forward in battery science and technology. The first “Battery 2030+” project kicks off in March 2019. The University of Münster and the Helmholtz-Institute Münster are involved.

Chemist receives most important German prize for junior researchers

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for Münster University chemist / Presentation on 28 May in Berlin
Dr. Fabian Dielmann<address>© © Andreas Endermann</address>
© © Andreas Endermann

For his outstanding research in the field of inorganic molecular chemistry, Münster University chemist Dr. Fabian Dielmann receives a Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, worth 20,000 euros, from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The prize is seen as the most important award for the promotion of junior researchers in Germany.

Biology teachers back to the lecture hall

A series of lectures organised by the Collaborative Research Centre "Dynamic Cellular Interfaces" at Münster University helps teachers to stay on the ball.
Nicola Birkner and Gregor Poell teach biology at their schools and like to come back to &quot;their&quot; old university.<address>© WWU - MünsterView</address>
© WWU - MünsterView

Even teachers learn lifelong: A series of lectures organised by the Collaborative Research Centre "Dynamic Cellular Interfaces" at the University of Münster aims to transfer some of the current advance in biology into the classroom. Both teachers and high school students enjoy the opportunity.

Excellent research at the University of Münster

Application as "University of Excellence" is running
The Excellence Strategy at the University of Münster

The University of Münster promotes internationally renowned, cutting-edge research in the humanities and social sciences, the natural sciences and life sciences. These areas comprise outstanding basic research and application-oriented projects. The research profile of the University of Münster is distinguished by five research focuses, two emerging fields and a diverse range of individual research projects conducted at the highest level of performance.

"Spirituality is the common factor in any dialogue between religions"

In a new book, Prof. Ahmad Milad Karimi describes how dialogue between Christianity and Islam is possible – Read his guest commentary here
Prof. Ahmad Milad Karimi<address>© WWU - Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU - Peter Grewer

In the book entitled "Im Herzen der Spiritualität. Wie sich Muslime und Christen begegnen können" ("At the heart of spirituality. How Muslims and Christians can approach each other"), published in 2019 (by Herder, 288 pp, ISBN 978-3-451-03131-1), Prof. Ahmad Milad Karimi and Benedictine monk and author Father Anselm Grün explore the common features that religions have, as well as the differences between them.

Karin Hassels and Peter Eggert look after tomorrow’s chemical laboratory assistants

"Our trainees should use the opportunities they are given here"
<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

In addition to providing facilities for studies and research, the University of Münster offers apprenticeships and vocational training in 19 different occupations – from gardener to IT systems technician. One example of this vocational training is that for chemical laboratory assistants at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, where the two people responsible for this training are Karin Hassels (since 2009) and Peter Eggert (since 2001).

Why forgetting at work can be a good thing

New study by psychologists and information scientists provides basis for trustworthy information systems
Prof. Dr. Guido Hertel

Psychologists and information scientists at the University of Münster have looked at how digital information systems support daily work and why it can be a good for us to forget certain things. The results of their study have been published in the "Ergonomics" journal.

How plants cope with iron deficiency

Botany: Publication in "Developmental Cell" / Teams of Prof. Kudla and Prof. Karst from the University of Münster invovled
Plants adapt the iron acquisition in their roots to their current requirements. Iron deficiency triggers calcium signals. This information is passed on, activating the effector protein FIT.<address>© HHU / Tzvetina Brumbarova</address>
© HHU / Tzvetina Brumbarova

Research groups from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and the University of Münster have discovered a new switch that plants use to control their responses to iron deficiency. The findings from their research on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana is published in the journal "Developmental Cell".

"Promoting junior researchers": Vice-Rector Prof. Maike Tietjens on the Press Office’s new special feature

"We want to recruit the best minds"
<address>© WWU - Peter Wattendorff</address>
© WWU - Peter Wattendorff

Promoting junior researchers plays a key role at the University of Münster. The University offers researchers a wide range of options – such as PhDs, graduate schools, junior research groups or associate professorships – in order for them to gain additional qualifications which prepare them for an academic career.