Information TechnologyAI in the Service of Science

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising many areas of life and knowledge. Jülich researchers, too, are increasingly using certain types of artificial intelligence such as machine learning. AI applications can help to better understand the functioning of the brain, to accelerate the development of new materials or predict environmental and climate data.

Prof. Simon Eickhoff im Institut im Interview

Brain ResearchBrain Scan for Individual Prognosis

Prof. Simon Eickhoff evaluates MRI and fMRI brain scans of often hundreds of people in a very special way: his team trains computers to read activity patterns in functional networks of the brain from the image data. He hopes that this information will make it possible to predict the further course of developments for individual patients affected by depression, schizophrenia or Parkinson’s.


Energy and EnvironmentSmart Computer for the Energy Transition

Together with the transmission system operator TenneT TSO GmbH, experts from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) have now developed a special computer system. It aims at helping to adapt the electricity grid, which has grown over decades, to the requirements of the energy transition.

Eine Frau in einem karierten Hemd schaut vor einem künstlichen Himmel mit aufgehangenen Wolken durch ein Fernrohr.

CareerCareer Advice for Postdocs

At the Jülich Career Center & Postdoc Office, postdocs and doctoral candidates in the final phase of their doctorate can work out career development opportunities and possible next career steps – whether inside or outside science and in science management.

Mit dem Cosmic-ray Rover (links) und einem speziell ausgerüsteten Geländewagen auf dem Versuchsgelände unterwegs

Energy and EnvironmentHeat Waves: Consequences for the Environment and the Climate

There are not only positive sides to the summer weather with sometimes over 30 degrees Celsius. On an experimental field near Jülich, climate and soil researchers investigate the effects of heat waves on the environment and the climate. Prof. Nicolas Brüggemann and Dr. Ralf Tillmann explain in an interview why research is so important.

Supercomputer JUWELS in der Rechnerhalle des JSC

SupercomputingA New Crown Jewel

These are the days when what is currently the fastest German supercomputer will go into operation in Jülich. JUWELS is a real innovation from Europe. It is one of a new generation of highly flexible modular supercomputers that Jülich experts and their partners are developing specifically for scientists.

Autos auf einer Autobahn

Energy and EnvironmentPossible side effect of diesel bans

Nitrogen oxides are at the heart of the debate surrounding diesel vehicles. In order to comply with the thresholds set by the EU, cities could impose a ban on diesel cars. This would reduce the concentration of nitrogen oxides, particularly in busy areas. It is less well known that this may lead to an undesirable side effect – an increase in the formation of ozone, which also endangers health.

Hirnforscher Christian Grefkes demonstriert die Methode der transkraniellen Hirnstimulation aus der Position eines Patienten. Er trägt eine Kopfbedeckung mit Messpunkten und hält einen Holzbaustein in der Hand, die er betrachtet.

Brain ResearchMagnetic help for the brain

Treating stroke patients with magnetic fields has proven itself in research as transcranial magnetic stimulation. Scientists from Jülich and Cologne are testing this method in a large clinical study – the first of its kind worldwide. Their long-term goal is individualised therapies.

weggeworfene Flasche am Strand

Energy and EnvironmentTaking to the water

Seas, rivers and lakes around the world are increasingly polluted by plastic waste. In two joint projects, researchers now want to find out – for the first time spanning across ecosystems – how much microplastics reach the North Sea and the Baltic Sea via the Weser and Warnow rivers. Jülich scientist are on board.