We conduct research to provide comprehensive solutions to the grand challenges facing society in the three fields of health, energy and environment, and information technology. Our aim is to lay the foundation for the key technologies of tomorrow.
How will we live longer in future while remaining healthy as we age? How will we ensure our energy supply and protect the environment at the same time? What does our future as a knowledge society look like? In order to answer these pressing questions, society needs solutions from research–solutions based on completely new ways of thinking that can only be achieved with cutting-edge research tools. Forschungszentrum Jülich is concerned with these kinds of key technologies, whose benefits are not restricted to the specific needs of isolated disciplines, but instead open new doors for research as a whole. Jülich, one of Europe's largest interdisciplinary research centres works with the best partners in science and industry to develop and build these key technologies, to use them for their own research, and make them available to science.
Our potential for meeting the objective of "key technologies for tomorrow" lies in 5,000 employees who work together in an interdisciplinary manner, over 200 cooperation partners in Germany and abroad, a unique infrastructure, and our special expertise in physics, materials science, nanotechnology, and information technology. We harness this potential to generate new solutions for the areas of health, energy and environment, and information. Excellent researchers who cooperate across the borders of institutes, research centres and even countries are Jülich's greatest strength. In order to allow them to collaborate with the best partners throughout the world, Jülich participates in strategic alliances both in Germany and abroad. The young scientists, students, and PhD candidates make an especially vital contribution to the intellectually stimulating environment and energy at the campus. Jülich offers them a working environment with state-of-the-art instruments and global contacts, as well as the opportunity to do independent research early on in their careers. Forschungszentrum Jülich is proud of the tools it provides for its researchers to do their work: simulation with supercomputers, research with neutrons, imaging techniques for medicine, nanotechnology tools–these modern instruments allow science to break through to new horizons of knowledge. This infrastructure, valued and used by researchers throughout the globe, characterizes Jülich the home of key technologies.
The Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Agrosphere (IBG-3) – conducts research to improve our understanding of biogeochemical and hydrological processes in terrestrial systems. A combination of experiments, modelling and innovative observation tec...