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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2011

52 Forschungszentrum Jülich | Annual Report 2011 GRS – Simulations for tomorrow HITEC – Graduate school for energy and climate research Energy supply and its impacts on cli- mate change – these are two central problems today. Highly qualified scien- tists are needed to address the associ- ated challenges. The Helmholtz Gradu- ate School HITEC (short for Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in En- ergy and Climate) aims to train around 225 PhD students and turn them into the required highly qualified energy and climate experts. Forschungszentrum Jül- ich and five partner universities will re- ceive a total of € 2.4 million over the next six years for this purpose from the Helmholtz Association. Scientists from nine faculties and from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) at Teaching the next generation of scien- tists and engineers about the applica- tions and methods of computer simula- tion is the objective of the German Research School for Simulation Scienc- es (GRS). Computer simulations have become the third pillar of research alongside theory and experiment. There is a growing need for experts in this ex- panding field. As a joint venture be- tween RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, GRS pools the individual strengths of the two part- Forschungszentrum Jülich are involved. “The specialized training programme is designed to provide PhD students with opportunities beyond their specialist knowledge, to expand their scientific and methodological background, to ena- ble them to assess the position of their own research in an international frame- work, to teach them how to work on in- terdisciplinary issues, and to establish a network of peers with similar training,” says HITEC spokesman Prof. Uwe Rau from IEK. ners in the natural sciences and engi- neering as well as in supercomputing. It offers an international, interdisciplinary master’s degree taught in English for graduates of engineering, science, mathematics and informatics, as well as the opportunity to pursue a PhD. Since it was accredited in winter semes- ter 2009/2010, GRS has continued to grow. For winter semester 2011/2012, the school had 140 applications from all around the world for its master’s degree and 20 were accepted. At the end of GRS in figures Chairs 4 Employees 60 Successful applications for third-party funding in excess of € 2.1 million 13 Peer-reviewed publications 68 Well-connected: Maurice Nuys, PhD stu- dent at the Helmholtz HITEC Graduate School Future experts in simulations on supercomputers. 2011, 36 PhD students were working at GRS. It underwent a successful inde- pendent international evaluation in au- tumn 2011.