JARA – Jülich Aachen Research Alliance
Focusing expertise - shaping the future: the Jülich Aachen research Alliance, JARA, of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich is a model that is unique in Germany and that overcomes the mere juxtaposition of university and non university reseach and teaching. At the same time, JARA opens up new research opportunities and faciliates projects that would not be attainable for either of the partners on their own.
Today, 3,800 members of staff are working under the umbrella of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance. Our 2009 budget was € 350 million, € 40 million of which was invested. The Jülich Aachen Research Alliance currently spans four areas: brain research (JARA-BRAIN), energy research (JARA-ENERGY), simulation with supercomputers (JARA-HPC) and information technology (JARA-FIT). Between JARA-Energy, JARA-FIT and the featured faculty close connections already do exist.
Energy research for the future
JARA-ENERGY is dedicated to investigating sustainable, i.e. efficient, resource-conserving, environmentally compatible and safe, energy production, use and optimization. JARA-ENERGY is not restricted to researching possibilities of producing electric energy in more climate-friendly ways than today. We are also working on low-loss techniques for transporting and storing energy and on energy systems for carsand other mobile applications. Advances in energy technology often depend on new materials: this is another topic the researchers in the alliance are concerned with. Scientists of JARA-ENERGY carry out systems analyses for new technological developments with respect to their availability, opportunities and risks againstthe background of their implications for society as a whole.
Almost 50 institutes and sections of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich are organized within JARA-ENERGY.
New concepts for information technology
What alternatives are there for the present-day computers based on crystals of silicon or other semiconductors? This is just one of the questions that concern the scientists at JARA-FIT.
The abbreviation FIT stands for "Fundamentals of Future Information Technology" and describes the task the researchers of this JARA section have dedicated themselvesto: laying the foundation for the information technlogy of tomorrow. Physicists, chemists, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers and biologists from 18 institutes and sections of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich are working together within JARA-FIT. The leading international role of the JARA-FIT reseachers has a long-standing tradition that was confirmed least by the Nobel Prize for physics awarded to Professor Peter Grünberg in 2007.