Climate target of 1.5 °C – everybody is called upon!

On 8 October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its special report on the 1.5 °C climate target. The tenor of the report: it’s urgent! Prof. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, Director of the Jülich Institute of Energy and Climate Research, contributed to the report as an expert. We asked her for her assessment.

Diesel Controversy: “Retrofitting alone is hardly enough to meet the limits in cities.”

In view of the impending driving bans, various solutions for diesel passenger cars are currently under discussion. Dr. Franz Rohrer from Forschungszentrum Jülich doubts that these measures alone will be sufficient to comply with the limit values in large German city centres. For over 20 years, he and his colleagues have been researching how emissions from transport affect air quality.

Brain Simulations on Neuromorphic Computers

Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich recently carried out the largest simulation of a neural network on a SpiNNaker system to date. In the interview, Dr. Sacha van Albada talks about the results of her work, which were published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.

AI 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.

Brain 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.

Smart 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.

Self-testing the energy turnaround

The Jülich campus becomes a real laboratory for energy transition. The aim of the Living Lab Energy Campus (LLEC) project is to investigate the interactions between technology, energy sources and consumers in order to design practical and scalable solutions.

Blätterfunktion

Alzheimer’s disease – pieces of the puzzle fall into place

Research into Alzheimer’s dementia is so complex that it resembles an enormous jigsaw puzzle. Scientists and medical experts at the Forschungszentrum Jülich are working on decoding the protein structures involved in the disease, on treatment options and on early diagnosis.