Supporting young people and early-career scientists is one of Forschungszentrum Jülich’s central concerns. Introducing children and teenagers to research, developing innovative structures for vocational training, and providing early-career scientists with outstanding conditions for achieving excellence – these tasks have been brought together under the banner of juelich_horizons.
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A total of 4,342 visitors took part in JuLab events in 2016, including 3,692 school students during days of experiments for entire school classes. 136 participated in holiday activities or parent and child days, and 444 were here for special events including Helmholtz Day and Brain Research Day. Among the highlights of 2016 was Little Scientists’ Day, which was hosted in cooperation with the Equal Opportunities Bureau. Around 80 employees of Forschungszentrum Jülich visited their children’s kindergartens and performed experiments together with the boys and girls.
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In 2016, 100 trainees celebrated the successful completion of their courses. Seventeen of the trainees passed their final examinations with the grade “very good” and 58 with “good”. The trainees preparing to become industrial mechanics also earned an additional qualification, termed “Euregio competence”, which is a language certificate for Dutch.
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Forschungszentrum Jülich is rich in opportunities for students and doctoral researchers from Germany and abroad who want to start out on their career in science. A total of 358 female and 608 male doctoral researchers were supervised at Jülich in 2016. Of that total, 393 came from abroad – from 59 different countries. At a special ceremony, 39 doctoral researchers received their certificates and three of them were awarded Jülich’s Excellence Prize.
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Heading a young investigators group offers scientists early independence and superb career opportunities. Forschungszentrum Jülich also participates in the Helmholtz Postdoc Programme. Funding for up to three years enables young scientists to enhance their own research profile directly after their doctorate.
Young investigators groups funded by the Helmholtz Association, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and third parties, 2012–2016
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