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    The BEBUC scholars

    The Université Officielle de Mbujimayi has granted the honorary doctorate to Prof. Gerhard Bringmann from Würzburg. In doing so, it honors Bringmann's scientific work and the support of young-and-upcoming academics in the Congo.

    Death notice Siegfried Hünig

    Professors and staff of the Institute of Organic Chemistry mourn for their former colleague and director Professor Siegfried Hünig. He deceased on March 24, 2021, just a few days before his 100th birthday.

    The Rector, Prof. J.-B. Muhigwa (second from the right), the Representative of the Governor, Mrs. E. Camunani, and the Vice-Rector, Prof. V. Nshombo, hand over the honorary doctorate certificate to Dr. S. Muyisa (left), representing G. Bringmann. (Photo: K. Boziana)

    The Université Officielle de Bukavu has awarded the honorary doctorate to the professor from Würzburg Gerhard Bringmann. In doing so it honors his outstanding scientific research and his work in the Congo within the frame of the Excellence Scholarship Program BEBUC.


    Their work is most frequently cited in publications of other scientists. Five researchers from the University of Würzburg are therefore again included in the Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List.

    The schematically shown ribozyme (green) binds to the target RNA (blue) by base pairing and installs the methyl group (red flag) at a defined site of a selected adenine. The reaction product m1A is shown in the red circle. (Image: Claudia Höbartner / Universität Würzburg)

    On the track of evolution: a catalytically active RNA molecule that specifically attaches methyl groups to other RNAs – a research group from the University of Würzburg reports on this new discovery in "Nature".

    Effective drugs to treat Covid-19 are in short supply. Scientists at JMU have now identified another compound that, at least in the laboratory, effectively combats corona viruses.

    A standard drug for the treatment of depression might also be effective against Covid-19, a new study by Würzburg virologists and chemists shows which has been published on a preprint server.