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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2011

Our Business: Knowledge Knowledge is a valuable commodity. The prosperity and well-being of our society depend upon researchers finding ways of solving the key challenges of today. Energy supply must be made more sustainable, climate change must be restricted, and a population with a longer life expectancy must be kept healthy. Forschungszentrum Jülich is working on these areas in cooperation with partners from science and industry. C reating knowledge, impart- ing it, sharing it and using it – these are the elements of effective knowledge manage- ment at Forschungszentrum Jülich. This includes a strategic programme of cut- ting-edge research, a huge commitment to early-career scientists, varied and in- tensive collaboration with scientific in- stitutions both at home and abroad, and close cooperation with industry. Creating knowledge Forschungszentrum Jülich fared extreme- ly well once again in 2011 in terms of the most important indicators of re- search achievements. Jülich scientists published more than 1,300 scientific pa- pers in high-impact specialist journals, and they were extremely successful in acquiring third-party funds. Totalling around € 160 million, third-party funds account for a third of Jülich’s budget and the number of programmes at Jülich funded by the German Research Associ- ation (DFG) rose to forty. The leading position held by For- schungszentrum Jülich is first and fore- most due to the achievements of its em- ployees. Jülich provides its employees with access to an outstanding research infrastructure, which includes the elec- tron microscope known as PICO – an in- strument that went into operation in February 2012 at the Ernst Ruska Cen- tre and is unique in Europe. Maximum performance also demands the best possible working conditions. Two of the measures implemented at Jülich are mentoring programmes for women in senior positions and a dual career ser- vice. Imparting knowledge Forschungszentrum Jülich, with a focus on energy and environmental research, is laying the foundation for the transi- tion to a sustainable economic frame- work – a task that is intertwined with its commitment to trainees, PhD students and early-career scientists. After all, Forschungszentrum Jülich | Annual Report 201126