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Policy Advice

The responsibilities of Forschungszentrum Jülich include making research findings available to political committees and decision makers, thus providing them with options for successfully tackling social challenges. This is particularly important in fields where drastic changes or rapid technological progress give rise to questions concerning the consequences for society and the environment. Examples are climate change as well as progress in neuroscience and information technology. Forschungszentrum Jülich undertakes these tasks in diverse ways on the regional, national, and European level.

Overview of activities at Forschungszentrum Jülich (selection, alphabetically according to committee).

The activities listed here comprise contributions to policy advice through committees and councils established by political organs.
Furthermore, there are a number of other activities such as participation in academies.

Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (RfII)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich – Member

The Council's scope of work is the strategic development of a contemporary infrastructure for access to scientific Information. This is an area of rapid change in technology, requiring systemic and institutional adaptation, as well as international cooperation.

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Prof. Ulrich Samm, Director at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Plasma Physics (IEK-4) – Member

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body of the European Union that provides the central EU organs (European Commission, Council, European Parliament) with opinions from Europe's socio-occupational interest groups and others. Its members represent a broad range of economic, social, and cultural interests in their member states.

German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE)

Dr. Peter Burauel, Head of Sustainable Campus – Advisor on the topic of Sustainability Management at Research Institutions

The German Council for Sustainable Development is an advisory body mandated by and reporting back to the German Federal Government and has developed the Sustainability Code. It fulfils the obligation to submit reports to the EU and is internationally compatible. The Council is a recognized control instrument for corporate sustainability and incorporates the United Nations Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and ISO 26000.

German Ethics Council

Prof. Katrin Amunts, Director at Structural and Functional Organization of the Brain (INM-1) – vice chairperson

“In accordance with its mandate, the German Ethics Council shall pursue the questions of ethics, society, science, medicine and law and the probable consequences for individual and society that result in connection with research and development, in particular in the field of the life sciences and their application to humanity.“

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations

Jülich scientists from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Stratosphere (IEK-7) were involved as reviewers in the fifth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report summarizes the findings of world climate research and presents them in a suitable form for political decision makers, indicating options for action, and the possible consequences.
Dr. Rolf Müller, Dr. Martina Krämer (Reviewers)

Contributions to Policy Advice in Academies