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Münster University archaeologists post research data from Sudan online

Geoinformation system allows interested parties to look at findings
<address>© Münster University/W.A.D.I.; screenshot</address>
© Münster University/W.A.D.I.; screenshot

The "Wadi Abu Dom Itinerary" archaeological project being undertaken at the Institute of Egyptology and Coptology is now putting its data online, gathered during field research in Sudan. Academics, as well as anyone in the general public who is interested, can use a geoinformation system to take a look at the findings.

How the cells’ environment affects their migration

Guest article by Sargon Groß-Thebing, PhD student in the group of Prof. Erez Raz at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence
PhD student Sargon Groß-Thebing<address>© CiM/T. Hauss</address>
© CiM/T. Hauss

Phd student Sargon Groß-Thebing investigates in a research group at the Cell-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence how the cells’ environment affects their migration. As a biologist he works closely with mathematicians. In a guest contribution, he explains his research in a way that everyone can understand.

Online application portal

Winter semester 2018/19

The application period for the winter semester 2018/19 has started. For restricted-admission degree programmes in the first-semester enrolment you have to apply until 15th July. For restricted-admission degree programmes in the higher-semester enrolment an application is possible from 1st August. Applicants who do not have a European university entrance qualification can apply for restricted-admission degree programmes until 31st May. Click here for the online application portal.

7th WWU symposium on “Research in the chemical industry”

Exchange between Academia and Industry

Interesting research topics and methods of companies will be the focus of the half-day symposium “Research in the chemical industry (FoChIn)” at the University of Münster. This event will take place in lecture hall C2, Wilhelm-Klemm-Straße 6 on the 17th of May (1-7 pm).

Münster's knowledge freshly tapped!

14-16 May 2018, starting at 7:30 pm
Paul Schauerte, Abhiyan Viplav, Irina Suárez und Li-Ming Lee<address>© CiM/J.-M. Tronquet</address>
© CiM/J.-M. Tronquet

“Tap” the knowledge of 13 researchers from Münster! From 14 to 16 May 2018, they will be talking about their work – in bars and restaurants. Following the short lectures, you will have a chance to chat with them – for example, about opportunities that have arisen because of their work and how they actually arrive at their results.

Do competitors have a legal entitlement to access to exclusive usage data?

"Apart from Facebook, such companies as Amazon and Google also process large amounts of data on a daily basis." / A guest commentary by Dr. Jan Markus Weber
Dr. Jan Markus Weber<address>© Privat</address>
© Privat

In his dissertation written at the University of Münster, the author, Dr. Jan Markus Weber, dealt with the question of the extent to which competitors should have access to the algorithms and data sets held by the dominant force in the market, Google.

Young researcher receives 1.3 million euros for cancer research

The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds young scientist Dr. Anna Junker through the Emmy Noether Programme / The CiM Postdoc develops pharmacological agents.
Medical chemist Dr. Anna Junker is receiving 1.3 million euros through the DFG’s Emmy Noether Programme to put together her junior researcher group.<address>© WWU/Peter Grewer</address>
© WWU/Peter Grewer

Through its Emmy Noether Programme, the DFG is funding medical chemist Dr. Anna Junker with 1.3 million euros. As a postdoc, she had succeeded in obtaining third-party funding in the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence. Now she is putting together her junior research group at the European Institute for Molecular Imaging.

Organising a mass of data

Digital research data management becoming steadily more important at Münster University
<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

The aim of research data management is to increase the transparency of science, enable reliable quality control and guarantee the assurance of results. "Nowadays, it’s possible to process large quantities of data", says Dr. Dominik Rudolph, Managing Director of the ZIV. "What is needed for this, though, is not only technical know-how, but also library competence and legal knowledge."

Labelling and detecting RNA modifications

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence develop a new approach
The main authors of the study (from left): Molecular biologist Dr. Sebastian Leidel, biochemist Katja Hartstock (lead author), molecular biologist Benedikt Nilges und biochemist Prof. Andrea Rentmeister<address>© WWU/E. Wibberg</address>
© WWU/E. Wibberg

Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method enabling them to locate important modifications to messenger RNA. This is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between biochemists and molecular biologists. It has been published in “Angewandte Chemie”.

Münster researchers identify factors promoting physical activity in childhood

Connection between the accuracy of children's self-assessment of their motor competence and their physical health
Children doing sports<address>© Fotolia</address>
© Fotolia

Sport scientists and psychologists at the University of Münster show in a study published in the "Scientific Reports" journal that the more accurately children assess their motor competences, the more positive is the effect on their physical activity.

How do neuronal processes degenerate?

Guest contribution by Dr. Svende Herzmann, biologist in the research group of Dr. Sebastian Rumpf at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence
Dr. Svende Herzmann uses a fine brush to work with her fruit flies.<address>© CiM/J.-M. Tronquet</address>
© CiM/J.-M. Tronquet

Adults have fewer neuronal connections than infants because during development, neurons degenerate the non-specific connections. Biologist Dr. Svende Hermann investigates a similar mechanism in the fruit fly. In a guest contribution, she explains her research in a way that everyone can understand.

Digitalisation@WWU: An interview with psychologist Prof. Dr. Guido Hertel

Fourth in a video series on a special feature 'Digitalisation'
Prof. Dr. Guido Hertel<address>© WWU Münster</address>
© WWU Münster

"We live in exciting times", says Prof. Guido Hertel, Executive Director of the Institute of Psychology at Münster University. Digitalisation is changing not only the jobs market, but also our private lives. Guido Hertel calls for openness and user-friendliness in dealing with the new technologies.

An interview with the project representatives of the three Cluster of Excellence proposals

"We've made progress in so many areas."
interview<address>© WWU - Peter Leßmann</address>
© WWU - Peter Leßmann

The first step has been taken – three Cluster of Excellence proposals have been officially submitted by their respective representatives. Now comes the assessment, and on 27 September, the final decision. WWU press officer Dr. Kathrin Kottke spoke with the representatives of the three planned clusters about the joys and ordeals of the writing process

"ERC Advanced Grants” for Ralf Adams and Frank Glorius

Researchers at Münster University and MPI Münster receive 4.7 million euros of funding from the European Research Council
Prof. Ralf Adams (l.) and Prof. Frank Glorius<address>© MPI Münster, J. Müller-Keuker / WWU, P. Dziemba</address>
© MPI Münster, J. Müller-Keuker / WWU, P. Dziemba

Two “Advanced Grants” from the European Research Council (ERC) go to researchers at the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Molecular Biomedicine in Münster. Biochemist Ralf Adams, Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University and at MPI, and Frank Glorius, Professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University, each receive one of the grants.

March for Science

The Rectorate calls upon all members of the University to take part
Zitat Caterina Breitenstein<address>© WWU</address>
© WWU

The March for Science in Münster will get going on Saturday, 14 April, 2018 – under the motto “Science is a driving force”. The Rectorate calls on all those interested to come and join in the event. In advance of the march, the University of Münster’s Press Office asked some of the academics at the University what, in their opinion, would be missing in our society without science. Their answers, as well as further information on the March for Science, can be found here.