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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2011

they are the people who will take the knowledge that they gain today and use it to find solutions to the challenges of the future. In 2011, Forschungszentrum Jülich celebrated fifty years of vocation- al training. Around 4,300 young people trained at Forschungszentrum Jülich during this time. Every third trainee who joined Jülich in 2011 opted to simultane- ously undertake university studies. This popular range of dual study programmes was expanded to include a degree in physical engineering. Together with partner universities, Jülich offers graduates the best possible conditions for them to launch their sci- entific careers – from graduate schools funded by the Excellence Initiative or by the Helmholtz Association to numerous other research training groups. Exam- ples include the HITEC Graduate School focusing energy and climate research and the German Research School for Simulation Sciences (GRS), which is a joint project of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Sharing knowledge Sharing knowledge will not make a per- son poorer; instead it will help them to win cooperation partners who can then put their expertise to use in collabora- tive projects. Forschungszentrum Jülich works with partners from science and industry both at home and abroad, oper- ates unique research equipment at ex- ternal sites in Germany and throughout the world, and has assumed a leading position in Europe. In 2011, Jülich partic- ipated in 127 projects within the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme and co- ordinated 18 EU projects. On a national level, participation in thirteen collabora- tive research centres reflects how closely Forschungszentrum Jülich net- works with other research institutions and universities. The strategic partner- ship with RWTH Aachen University in the form of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) is in a league of its own. JARA is an important part of RWTH Aachen University’s institutional strate- gy, which has contributed to the univer- sity’s renewed success in the German federal and state governments’ Excel- lence Initiative. More than 300 collaborations with partners from industry, 60 of which are international projects, reflect the combi- nation at Jülich of long-term, knowl- edge-oriented research with practical technological developments and innova- tive application prospects. Using knowledge Jülich’s know-how in decisive research fields, such as energy research, health research and biotechnology, coupled with its outstanding infrastructure and expertise in key technologies make Forschungszentrum Jülich a much sought-after partner in industry. Whether researchers at Jülich are developing software to improve our understanding of the metabolism of microorganisms used in industry, or whether they are working on a process that can be used commercially for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease – in many applica- tion-oriented fields of research, Forschungszentrum Jülich works together with selected companies to find solu- tions to the problems facing us today and those that will arise tomorrow, and to ensure that these solutions can be implemented technically and economi- cally. In 2011, expertise in energy re- search was consolidated with a view to strengthening Jülich’s leading position in this field. Annual Report 2011 | Forschungszentrum Jülich 27