"Despite all the turbulence I see no danger of the system breaking down"
Nowadays, anyone following the news is regularly confronted with reports on xenophobia, racism and antisemitism. In the interview, contemporary historian Thomas Großbölting, a member of the "Religion and Politics" Cluster of Excellence, talks about the current public and political discussion, the culture of remembrance since 1945 and the significance for the history of people who experienced and have experienced the Nazi regime.
Prof. Stephan Ludwig investigates at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, looking at how viruses get into a cell, multiply and, as a result, make entire organisms ill. His greatest wish is that one day new treatments to tackle viral diseases will be developed on the basis of his research.
Prof. Dr. Mitja Back, psychologist and project director of the cluster of excellence "Religion and Politics", is currently investigating the first impressions of Germans and refugees
For his new study “Integration at First Sight”, Mitja Back, professor at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Münster and project director in the “Religion and Politics” cluster of excellence, investigates what kind of first impressions Germans and refugees have of one another and what factors could have a positive impact on integration.
German-Finnish team shows how previously unknown mechanism facilitates switchover between molecular light harvesting complexes
A German-Finnish team led by Prof. Iris Finkemeier from the University of Münster has discovered a regulatory mechanism which plays a part in photosynthesis. Plants in which the “NSI acetyltransferase” is defective can only adapt to changed light conditions to a limited extent.
Biologist Dr. Guillermo Luxán investigates in the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence what roles the molecular signals in the coronary vasculature play in cardiovascular disease. To do so, he analyses thin tissue sections under the microscope. In this guest contribution, he gives an insight into his daily life in the laboratory.
Taking new paths - Five guest commentaries on the opportunities for research, teaching and society as a whole.
Digitalisation is changing many areas at the University of Münster. It is for this reason that for the past six months the University’s press office has been taking a closer look at the digital changes being made. To conclude this series of articles, we present five views on digitalisation at the University of Münster, at German universities generally, and in society as a whole.
Sixth in a series of videos on the special topic of "Digitalisation"
"Basically, my work as a church historian would be inconceivable without digitalisation", is the unequivocal view of Prof. Dr. Hubert Wolf, who is Director of the Department of Medieval and Modern Church History at the University of Münster and is currently supervising two large-scale online projects. As a member of the executive board of the Center for Digital Humanities, Hubert Wolf advocates more advice and guidance on using digital instruments in the Humanities.
CiM researchers show how the spatial organization of a nerve cell influences how its processes degenerate
When an organism develops, non-specific connections between nerve cells degenerate. Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have now discovered that the spatial organization of a nerve cell influences the degeneration of its cell processes. The study has been published in “Development”.
Third "Data Science" certificate programme to be offered at Münster University
Specialists are needed to help in large amounts of digital data being used in a purposeful way. They design mathematical models for processing data, which they then analyse and place in a meaningful context. It is precisely these data specialists that are being trained on the part-time certificate programme in "Data Science" at Münster University. What distinguishes the course is its interdisciplinary nature and the integrated view it takes of various areas of research.
Tapeworm increases tendency of fish to “take risks” / Evolutionary biologists publish new study
Certain types of tapeworm make sticklebacks behave carelessly and thus become easier prey for birds. A team of biologists around Dr. Jörn Peter Scharsack have now demonstrated for the first time that the tapeworm not only influences the behaviour of the infected fish – indirectly, it can also induce risky behaviour in other fish in the group.
Awards for Business Information Specialists and Biotechnologists / Each prize worth 10,000 euros
A brace of awards: As before, in 2016, the Rectorate of the University of Münster has again awarded two Transfer Prizes this year. One went to biotechnologist Prof. Dirk Prüfer, and the other was awarded to business information specialist Prof. Jörg Becker.
Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have decoded a mechanism found at the beginning of many inflammatory processes
Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have decoded a mechanism found at the beginning of almost every inflammatory response. Their study provides a new approach to develop novel treatment options for many inflammatory disorders with many fewer side effects compared to current drugs.
German-Danish project at the ancient city of Jerash (Jordan) / Laser scanning revolutionizes mapping
The Airborne Laser Scanning method, which scans terrain precisely and contact-free for mapping purposes and then shows it as a 3D model – is providing archaeologists with entirely new findings in connection with ancient sites. The journal PNAS contains a report on the use of the new remote sensing technique...
Fifth episode of the video series on "Digitalisation"
Some 28,000 students from more than 45,000 enrolled at the University of Münster used the Learnweb during the winter semester 2017/18. Consequently, the platform is the most commonly used digital teaching and learning format at the University. "Digitalisation has certainly changed how we teach", says Prof Dr Regina Jucks, Vice- Rector for Teaching and Studies.
From May 30th to June 2nd, 2018 nine public lectures by renowned international communication scholars will take during the 4th international Summer School „Trust in mediated communication“. The Summer School will provide advanced training for PhD students and aims at fostering sustainable and productive international and interdisciplinary networks.