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With its ZoomIn—Making the Invisible Visible exhibition, the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence offers an in-depth view of modern particle physics. (photo: Peter Pulkowski)PRISMA CLUSTER OF EXCELLENCE

Making the invisible visible

It is the first exhibition in the School of Seeing on the Gutenberg campus that is concerned with the natural sciences. Through its ZoomIn—Making the Invisible Visible show, the Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter Cluster of Excellence, or PRISMA for short, is providing insight into its many and varied branches of research. Multimedia exhibits show how modern technology is used to gain an in-depth view of the world’s tool box. 


During the 2016 summer break, 24 high school students from all over Germany attended the first Mainz Particle Physics Academy. (photo: Stefan F. Sämmer) MAINZ PARTICLE PHYSICS ACADEMY

Doing research like a real scientist

During this year's summer break, 24 high school students from all over Germany came to Mainz University to visit the MAMI Microtron, a particle accelerator that generates electron beams. At the invitation of the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence, they attended the first Mainz Particle Physics Academy here on the Gutenberg Campus. Professor Matthias Schott of the Institute of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) designed and organized the event bringing together top-flight research and teaching for two weeks. 


The Rhine-Main Neuroscience Network held its fourth Biennal Meeting in June 2016. RHINE-MAIN NEUROSCIENCE NETWORK

In shape for the German Excellence Strategy competition

The Rhine-Main Neuroscience Network (rmn²) looks back on five successful years and is now preparing to meet the challenges of the next half decade. rmn2 is expanding and planning to prove its scientific strength in the upcoming Excellence Strategy competition. Some 300 neuroscientists based in the Rhine-Main region came together for a three-day symposium during which they exchanged views, listened to presentations given by eminent colleagues, and drew up plans for the future.


(© Mainz University Medical Center) MAINZ UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

Center for Rare Diseases

The Center for Rare Diseases of the Nervous System (ZSEN) at Mainz University Medical Center was opened in late 2015. It is a key node in a new network of centers designed to treat people with rare diseases. It was previously the case that the majority of people suffering from these diseases had very low chances of receiving the correct diagnosis or successful treatment.


MAINZ UNIVERSITY FUND FOUNDATION

A stroke of luck for the university

The Mainz University Fund Foundation was created in 1781. Since then it has survived not only the closure of the original electoral university by Napoleon, but also both world wars. The foundation's capital is invested in rental apartments and property, but primarily in attractive agricultural land and vineyards. These days, the revenues from the fund provide an important resource that helps support research and teaching at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU).


A piece of writing from the Clemens Brentano Collection of the Mainz University Library (photo: Peter Pulkowski) CLEMENS BRENTANO COLLECTION

The mouse, the poet, and the dance

The Clemens Brentano Collection provides intimate insights into the life and world of one of the greatest German Romantic poets. Along with hundreds of examples of lively correspondence, there are drafts of poems and household plans, outlines for dramas and drawings. The collection, which was acquired by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in 1950, is housed in the Mainz City Library.


(photo: Stefan F. Sämmer) ICE LABORATORY

The riddle of the icy droplets

In order to understand atmospheric processes, it is necessary to discover how ice nuclei form within clouds. This is the task of the INUIT research group, to which Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is contributing. A team in the laboratory of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics is working with small drops, a wind tunnel like no other in the world, and a special cold chamber that will help find answers to these fundamental questions.


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