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Forschungszentrum Jülich

Forschungszentrum Jülich works on key technologies for the grand challenges facing society in the fields of information and the brain as well as energy and environment.

How can data storage be made more effective and simultaneously more energy-efficient? How can the use of renewables be expanded? How is the climate changing and what role does humankind play in this? How can illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s be diagnosed at an early stage and therapies be improved? To what extent can the human brain be used as a paradigm for future computers? Finding answers to these questions is what work at Forschungszentrum Jülich is all about. With more than 5,500 employees, it is one of the largest research institutions in the Helmholtz Association and in Europe.

The broad expertise here ranges from simulations with supercomputers, research with neutrons, and high-resolution electron microscopy to biotechnology, nuclear physics, imaging techniques for medicine, and unique tools for nanotechnology. In their work, scientists at Jülich investigate phenomena at very different orders of magnitude; from the atomic right up to the global scale. Forschungszentrum Jülich believes that not only should individual issues be addressed, but that the wider context should also be taken into account; in other words, not only are the scientific issues themselves important but so too are the social, economic, and ethical aspects.

Research topics

Scientists at Jülich are exploring the whole range of existing options for converting and storing energy produced from fossil and renewable sources. Jülich environmental and climate research aims to understand the impact of energy generation and conversion on the ecosystem and the climate, and to refine climate models. Nuclear waste management is also part of Jülich’s portfolio.

The research fields concerned with information and the brain aim to understand the complex processes in the healthy brain and to use this knowledge to diagnose and treat neurodegenerative diseases more reliably and earlier than is currently possible. With some 86 billion nerve cells, the healthy human brain is a gigantic control center – with a comparatively small energy consumption. Understanding how it works could pave the way towards new approaches in information technology. Scientists at Jülich are also examining materials and electronic phenomena for future computer generations.

Collaborations

Excellent researchers who cooperate across the borders of institutes, research centers, and even countries are Jülich’s greatest strength. To foster collaboration with the best partners throughout the world, Jülich participates in strategic alliances both in Germany and abroad. All in all, Forschungszentrum Jülich has more than 200 partners in Germany and worldwide. These include universities and scientific institutions as well as industrial enterprises.

Support for young talent

Forschungszentrum Jülich places particular emphasis on supporting the next generation of scientists. At Jülich, undergraduates and PhD students benefit from a working environment with state-of-the-art instruments and international contacts, as well as the opportunity to conduct independent research at an early stage of their career. Showing school children and teenagers how much fun science can be is another task that Jülich has set itself, offering them the chance to perform experiments hands-on in the JuLab Schools Laboratory or to apply for work placements. Forschungszentrum Jülich also provides certified vocational training. Since it was established, Jülich has trained around 4,600 young people, laying the foundation for their personal development and professional future.

Forschungszentrum Jülich

FZJ in figures

10

institutes comprise the FZJ

68

new patent applications in 2020

2473

publications in 2020

812

million euros in revenues in 2020 

News

  • Information, Energy

    Martina Schmid and Felix Wolf were both independently conducting research in the USA when they were accepted into the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group. In an interview, they told us how they…

  • Energy, Matter

    The question of the next steps toward nuclear fusion energy is hotly debated in the Helmholtz Association right now. Wim Leemans is an expert in laser plasma acceleration and chairman of the Helmholtz…

  • Information, Earth & Environment, Energy

    Helmholtz researchers received seven out of 37 grants in the current call for proposals - more than ever before.

  • Information

    6oo million euro budget, 500 researchers involved, 3,000 publications: After ten years, the Human Brain Project is coming to an end. We spoke with the scientific director Katrin Amunts from…

  • Information

    The new Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Astrid Lambrecht, in an interview about an innovative management style, her path to quantum physics, and how she wants to…

  • Health

    With BigBrain, they created the most detailed digital model of the human brain. With HIBALL, they are now taking the next step. In an interview, Katrin Amunts from Forschungszentrum Jülich and Alan…

Contact

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße
52428 Jülich Postal address:
52425 Jülich

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