Umbrella Cooperation

The Umbrella cooperation is an important trilateral cooperation between Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa (Technion) and Rheinisch-Westfälische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen University) signed on 29 April 1983 under the patronage of the then Minister-President of Northern Westphalia, former President Johannes Rau. The current main components of the cooperation are the Umbrella Symposia, which have been held almost annually since 1984, an award and a joint school for graduate students from Israel and Germany. Within the framework of this outstanding cooperation, a special focus is placed on the integration of young scientists.

33rd Umbrella Symposium at Forschungszentrum Jülich
Forschungszentrum Jülich


Since 1984, Symposia have been held almost annually, alternating between the three locations. For some years now, their primary aim has been to generate initial ideas for joint research projects.

A highlight was the combination of the 25th Umbrella Symposium and the first German-Israeli Research Forum in 2011 in Aachen inaugurated by former Minister Schavan and her Israeli counterpart Minister Daniel Hershkowitz.

25th Umbrella Symposium

Umbrella Symposium 2023

The topic of the Umbrella Symposium 2023 (30.05.-01.06.2023) organized by the Technion is „Life Science and Engineering: Data Analytics, Neurosciences and Multiscale Biomedical Engineering“. The next symposium will take place in Haifa, Israel.

The scientific coordinators are: Prof. Noam Ziv (Technion), Prof. Francesca Santoro (Forschungszentrum Jülich), Prof. Twan Lammers and Prof. Ute Habel (both: RWTH Aachen University).

Program of the 2023 event

Further information about the lecture program can be found here in spring 2023.

Past Events

Program of the 2022 event
Booklet Umbrella Symposium 2022

Program of the 2019 event
Booklet Umbrella Symposium 2019

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RWTH: Umbrella Symposium an der RWTH
FZ Jülich: 35. Umbrella Symposium - Life Science and Engineering
Technion: An Energetic Future

Impressions of the 35th Umbrella Symposium in 2022

Project Funding

Research projects were funded from 2007-2017. Each year up to five projects were supported. The Technion and at least one German partner were always involved in the projects. As a rule, a topic-specific call for projects was issued each year. A large number of joint publications showcases this excellent collaboration.

Umbrella Award

In 2018 the Umbrella prize was awarded for the first time. The target group comprises excellent young scientists in the three institutions and is awarded to researchers of the respective host institution for outstanding scientific achievements. FZ Jülich honoured Emre Durmus (IEK-9) (2018), Xiaoyan Yin (IEK-6) (2019), Renato Duarte (INM-6) (2020) and Gabriela Figueroa Miranda (IBI-3) (2022). The award ceremony takes place as part of the Umbrella Symposium.

Winter School

For the first time a school in Israel (Kfar Blum) was held in 2018, which was excellently organized by the Russel Berrie Nanotechnology Institute RBNI. 140 students from Israel and Germany participated in total, 40 of them being from Jülich and Aachen were funded by BMBF and the respective host institutions´ funds. The next school will take place in Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Delegates for Umbrella

Technion Haifa

Prof. J. Rubinstein, Executive Vice President for Research

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Prof. F. Melchior, Member of the Board of Directors

RWTH Aachen University

Prof. J. Mayer, Rector’s Delegate for Cooperation with the Technion

RWTH Aachen University Website


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Letzte Änderung: 19.01.2023