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Progress through Cooperation

When Forschungszentrum Jülich needs to supplement its human resources or technical capacity, it collaborates with partners in Germany and abroad. Currently, its strongest partnerships are with RWTH Aachen University (RWTH), the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), and the acclaimed Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the USA.

At present, 115 professors and heads of institutes, along with a staff of 3,500 are organized in the four JARA sections of energy, brain research, information technology, and simulation sciences with a budget of around €350 million.

On a European level, Jülich pursues the goal of establishing Europe as a leading international location for high-performance computing in the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE).

Together with the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, Forschungszentrum Jülich is building a centre of excellence for imaging techniques in brain research, specifically for ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging, and signed a collaborative agreement on this in April 2010. In addition, Forschungszentrum Jülich also cooperates closely with Siemens Medical Solutions in order to develop new imaging techniques for brain research.

A more climate-friendly alternative to conventional cars could be electric vehicles with high-performance batteries. In the excellence alliance KompetenzverbundNord (KVN), which was launched in 2009, Forschungszentrum Jülich, the universities of Münster, Hannover and Bochum, RWTH Aachen University, and the Max Planck Institute of Iron Research in Düsseldorf have pooled their expertise on battery research.

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