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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2011

Forschungszentrum Jülich | Annual Report 201150 The Excellence Prize is awarded by Forschungszentrum Jülich in recognition of the excellent achievements of its ear- ly-career scientists who are also out- standing by international standards. At the annual function for Jülich PhD stu- dents in October 2011, this prize was awarded for the third year in a row. One of the winners, Nina Richter identified three enzymes which can be biotechnologically processed to produce molecular building blocks that can be used in drugs, for example. She wrote her doctoral thesis in the field of bio- technology at the Institute of Molecular Enzyme Technology, which is part of the University of Düsseldorf but located on campus at Forschungszentrum Jülich in cooperation with evocatal GmbH, a bio- technology company from Düsseldorf. She received prize money of € 5,000, as did the second winner, John Kettler. Ket- tler wrote his doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Energy and Climate Re- search on nuclear waste and its dispos- al. He developed a test facility for a pro- cess that identifies toxic agents, such Tribute paid to top young scientists Early-Career Scientists as lead, cadmium or mercury, contained in waste drums filled with radioactive material. He also received RWE’s Future Prize endowed with € 12,000 for this work. Fit for a dynamic science system – The JARA Academy The JARA Academy, which was set up in September 2011, unites the activities of Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University in human resource development and brings them together under the one roof. The Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungs- zentrum Jülich is a cooperation model that is unique in Germany. It overcomes the juxtaposition of university and non- university research and teaching. The JARA Academy focuses on the new de- mands facing employees as a result of changes in the national and internation- al science system. The emphasis is on the structure and management of a uni- versity and a large research institution. Its modular programme aims to teach the basic principles of science manage- ment as well as a range of soft skills. These topics are combined with project management skills, which are taught on the basis of case studies. “Not only will the further development of JARA benefit directly from the JARA Academy, but we will provide our employees with qualifi- cations that will be tremendously impor- tant for them, whether they stay at Jül- ich or Aachen or pursue a career elsewhere”, says Prof. Achim Bachem, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The first course at the JARA Academy began in spring 2012 with sixteen employees and executives working in the area of admin- istration. In a later phase, the training programme will be expanded to include a course for early-career scientists. Winners of the Jülich Excellence Prize 2011: Dr. Nina Richter and Dr. John Kettler