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Forschungszentrum Jülich - Annual Report 2012

Annual Report 2012 | Forschungszentrum Jülich 27 Our Business: Knowledge Creating knowledge Forschungszentrum Jülich fared extremely well once again in 2012 in terms of the most important indicators of research achievements. For example, Jülich scientists published more than 1,400 scientific papers in high-impact specialist journals and the total amount of funding acquired from the German Research Foundation (DFG) increased to almost € 6.6 million. Our committed personnel policy is a cornerstone of our research success. For example, Forschungszentrum Jülich hosted a conference on the topic of equal opportunities as a competitive edge on the international scene. Imparting knowledge The excellent research infrastructure at Forschungszentrum Jülich offers highly qualified professionals an ideal start for a career in science. Together with universities in the region, Forschungszentrum Jülich established new master’s degree programmes; graduate schools are creating opportunities for PhD projects that are also popular with PhD students from abroad. Scientists from Jülich who recently completed their PhDs were particularly successful in the Helmholtz Associa- tion’s new postdoc programme in 2012. Sharing knowledge Forschungszentrum Jülich cooperates closely with partners from science and industry, both on a national and an international level. An outstanding example of scientific cooperation in Europe is the Human Brain Project. In this flagship project in the EU programme Future and Emerging Technologies, researchers from 23 countries are working together to simulate the human brain on a supercomputer. Experts in the Jülich Supercomputing Centre are developing new supercomputers for this purpose, which will be able to perform a quintillion arithmetic operations per second (exaflop/s). Using knowledge Jülich’s expertise in central fields of research – such as energy and health as well as biotechnology – its excellent infrastructure and its know-how in key technologies make Jülich a sought-after partner for industry. Current examples show that Jülich scientists are involved in very application-relevant research: they are developing active substances against Alzheimer’s, an environmentally friendly emergency power supply for mobile base stations, as well as a method for scanning electronic waste for valuable raw materials.