Forschungszentrum Jülich adopts an interdisciplinary approach and investigates relations between research areas.
The increasing level of digitization both requires and enables innovations in the areas of high-performance computing, scientific simulation, and big data, as well as on future technologies such as quantum computing and neuromorphic computing. Jülich scientists also explore the coding of information in molecular-biological structures such as proteins and neural information processing in the human brain. Understanding the complex processes of the brain is crucial to a more effective diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases.
The goal of the Energiewende, the transformation of the German energy sector, is to contribute to a secure, affordable, and environmentally friendly energy supply. Research focuses on renewable energies and the associated issues of conversion and storage, as well as the interactions of the energy system with the atmosphere and climate. This requires a systemic linkage of value chains, for example starting from electricity generation by photovoltaics up to and including storage and conversion back into electrical energy.
The structural change from an oil-based to a bio-based economy is a strategic pioneering topic that will gain increasing significance. This therefore requires an expansion of the sustainable bioeconomy, that is to say the investigation of new value chains based on plant raw materials.
PHOTOS: Forschungszentrum Jülich, Forschungszentrum Jülich/Amunts, Zilles, Axer et al.