Minister visits three research facilities in the city on the river Saale

A new biochemical research centre for Halle: The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) has converted its 'Research Centre for the Enzymology of Protein Folding' which was disbanded at the end of 2012, into the new 'Centre for Biocatalysis' (ZfB). Over the next five years, the research centre, which is based at Martin-Luther University, will be financed by the MPG to the sum total of 3.5 million euros. "The Centre for Biocatalysis is an important step along the path to developing the new research institute on the functional dynamism of biological systems in Halle that is our goal," explained minister of Science and Economic Affairs Prof. Dr Birgitta Wolff on her visit to the ZfB.

The timetable for the Minister's visit to Halle today included two additional research institutes of the Max-Planck Institute, which also had positive news to break. In this context, after long negotiations, the Institute for Ethnology has opened its new department of 'Law and Ethnology' the management of which has been assumed by Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets of the University of Leuven (Belgium). Wolff: "The additional department and its superbly networked new manager offer excellent opportunities for the institute to be able to increase its participation in the European support programmes over the approaching period of EU subsidies." The Minister also praised the considerable success of the Institute for Ethnology in terms of the doctorate programme that is supported by the MPG.

The minister also got some good news at the Institute for Microstructure Physics: The research institute was recently voted the best national Max-Planck institute in the area of field research. In addition to this, the institute is also taking part in fund raising for specialist areas of research of the German research community in the area of materials sciences at the Martin-Luther University.

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