THE UNIVERSITY. Strategic institutional development

Zhiyuan Wang had the opportunity to work on his own project in a nuclear physics research group at Mainz University. (photo: Peter Pulkowski)PRISMA CLUSTER OF EXCELLENCE

Attractive internship program for young talent

A special internship program regularly succeeds in getting talented young people to come to PRISMA, the Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter Cluster of Excellence at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Seven students were welcomed this summer. Zhiyuan Wang is one of them. He took the opportunity to work on his own project in nuclear physicist Professor Dmitry Budker's team.


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).


Help of all kinds

Welcome to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz! – The sentence is easy to say. Foreign scientists and researchers often have to clear a lot of hurdles before they can feel at home in Germany. The Welcome Center at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) helps them – in every way.


"We have to keep a lot of balls in the air all at once"

The newly created JUGGLE – The network of Junior Group Leaders in Life Sciences at JGU provides researchers with a platform to discuss aspects of their subject but also acts as forum through which the difficult situations facing junior group leaders in the German educational landscape can be examined. In December 2014, JUGGLE invited participants to its first Mainz symposium to discuss future prospects for young researchers.

Dr. Sigrid Rieuwerts (photo: Peter Pulkowski) JGU INTERNATIONAL

An advocate of German in Scotland

She founded the Society for Scottish Studies in Europe and is the head of the largest Sir Walter Scott research program. She acts as an advisor to the Scottish Parliament and set up an internship program that brings students of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) to Scottish schools. It is remarkable what Dr. Sigrid Rieuwerts has already achieved in terms of promoting the relationship between Germany and Scotland.

Irène Joliot-Curie Program of the PRISMA Cluster of ExcellenceIRÈNE JOLIOT-CURIE PROGRAM

We need more women at the top

She is a high-ranking executive of a large concern: Marianne Heiß visited Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) to talk about her career and what has to change so that more women are appointed to management posts. She was invited to speak as part of the new Irène Joliot-Curie Program that has been established in order to promote the careers of women working in the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence.

Professor Sönke Neitzel (l.) and Dr. Falko Bell (r.) (photo: Peter Pulkowski)JGU INTERNATIONAL

Mainz history student receives Scottish-German double PhD

Falko Bell is the first student to be awarded his doctorate at Glasgow and Mainz simultaneously. The award is the current high point of a close cooperation between the Departments of History at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Professor Sönke Neitzel is the driver behind the project.

(photo: Thomas Hartmann)OPEN ACCESS

Library without books

Research publications should be freely accessible online – this is the idea behind the 'open access' concept. The university library at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has been an active supporter of this trend for years. Library director Dr. Andreas Brandtner explains where things are headed.

(photo: Academy for Foreign Coaches)JGU INTERNATIONAL

Academy for Foreign Coaches in Mainz celebrates record course

Twelve scholarship holders from Africa, Asia, and South America take their leave: The 35th degree course of the Academy for Foreign Coaches at the Institute of Sports Science at Mainz University has ended. Another chapter in the success story of this extraordinary institution has been written.

(photo: Stefan F. Sämmer)STUDENT SERVICE CENTER

Calling the university hotline

The Student Service Hotline of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is the first point of contact for anyone with questions about student life. Up to 1,500 calls are taken each day. JGU's hotline service was the first of its kind at a German university and now it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

(photo: Stefan F. Sämmer)DIES ACADEMICUS 2012

Outstanding young researchers and forgotten collections

On its Dies academicus, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) celebrates its young researchers. 14 outstanding dissertations were honored this year. In his ceremonial address, Dr. Andreas Brandtner, Director of the University Library, dealt with a topic that has come back into style after being long ignored: university collections.

(photo: Thomas Hartmann)NEW BUILDING

A new home for excellent research

The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) is a new center for life sciences on the campus of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation is providing EUR 100 million over 10 years in support for running the project, while the state of Rhineland-Palatinate is financing the institute's construction and building. In a special tour given for the JGU MAGAZINE, Dr. Bernhard Korn, Director of Scientific Core Facilities and Technology, highlights the work completed to date.

(photo: Peter Pulkowski)PLAGIARISM

German ministers are not the only ones who have problems with plagiarism

On May 30th, the University Library (UB) of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) will be playing host to a conference with experts which is dedicated to a very topical subject: "Plagiate & Co – Wissenschaftliches Fehlverhalten ist (k)ein Kavaliersdelikt" ("Plagiarism and other transgressions – Academic misconduct is (not) a trivial offense"). Prior to this, UB director Dr. Andreas Brandtner talks about the nature of plagiarism and the objectives of the conference.


Gutenberg's types move around the world

A special kind of world map, a photo gallery of JGU history, and a wall sculpture - these are the winning ideas developed by members of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) to embody the motto of its Institutional Strategy "THE GUTENBERG SPIRIT. Moving Minds – Crossing Boundaries."