40 Years Ago: First World Climate Conference

It’s the year 1979. The Federal Republic of Germany celebrates its 30th anniversary and Karl Carstens becomes its fifth President. In early February, a severe snow storm raged in Northern Germany – the second already since the beginning of the year. Single extreme weather event or global climate change? A question that also occupied a group of scientists who met at the first World Climate Conference in Geneva.

Successful deal with science publisher

For almost two years now, German research organisations have been negotiating nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals with the major academic publishers Elsevier, Wiley and SpringerNature under the umbrella of Projekt DEAL. A first contract has now been successfully concluded.

Drug candidate enters the next clinical trial phase

The Alzheimer’s drug candidate PRI-002, which was developed at FZ Jülich, is entering the next clinical trial phase: on 8 January, the first healthy test subjects were given their first daily dose of the drug, marking the beginning of clinical phase Ib of the study. The aim is to demonstrate the safety of the drug candidate throughout four consecutive weeks of daily administration.

Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Nitrogen Oxide Plotter

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich have now developed a nitrogen oxide plotter that allows you to quickly and easily find out the nitrogen oxide levels at all German measurement stations over time. The online tool is freely accessible.

“Nitrogen Oxide and Particulate Matter Are the Major Problems We Face Today”

Forty years ago the first-ever smog alert was issued in Germany. Since then, air quality has improved considerably. Prof. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, director at Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Troposphere subinstitute, outlines the measures that contributed to this improvement and the way in which traffic emissions pollute the air today.

How glaciers slide

Jülich physicist Bo Persson has presented a theory on the sliding of glacier ice on rocky ground. With this theory, glaciologists could improve the computer models they use to predict the flow rate and melting of glaciers. This is important in order to foresee how climate change will affect glaciers and sea levels in the future.

Lasers for Everyone!

A new family member for Jülich’s scientific infrastructure: JuSPARC is a milestone for information science and materials science at Forschungszentrum Jülich. In the long run, JuSPARC will be established as a user facility. Eventually, particle acceleration will also be possible there.


How prime numbers help improve the quantum computer

Scientists at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre have set a new world record: they simulated a quantum computer with 48 qubits on two different supercomputers. In order to test the limits of their simulated quantum computer, they used a method that requires the highest computing capacities: the prime factorization of large numbers.