The National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) is intended to systematically develop, sustainably secure and make accessible the databases of science and research and to network them nationally and internationally. Previously, research data has often been stored in such a way that it cannot be reviewed or re-used by other researchers, or at least not without difficulty. This impedes scientific work. The NFDI wants to change that: it is intended to be a repository of knowledge for the entire research landscape. The NFDI is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The DFG organizes the selection of consortia and the review process.
In June 2020, funding was approved for NFDI4Ing, a consortium for the establishment and expansion of a research data infrastructure for engineering. Eight universities and three research institutions are involved. NFDI4Ing is one of nine initiatives that were successful in this first-time competition. At Forschungszentrum Jülich, teams from the Central Library and the Institute of Energy and Climate Research will be involved.
The Bioinformatics section of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences is involved in the NFDI consortium DataPLANT, which started in October 2020. DataPLANT will provide a sustainable, user-oriented infrastructure for complex plant research data. Data is collected, checked, adjusted and made visible in an understandable way via integrated methods. The consortium is coordinated by the University of Freiburg and led by the Universities of Tübingen and Kaiserslautern as well as Forschungszentrum Jülich.
In the second round of calls for proposals in 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich is involved in three further consortia. DAPHNE4NFDI is an initiative of the more than 5,500 neutron and photon users in Germany. The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) is involved in it. PUNCH4NFDI will develop a new joint science platform for particle physics, astroparticle physics, astrophysics and hadron and nuclear physics. The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) will provide significant support for access to the science portal in various research fields. NFDI-MatWerk will develop a research data infrastructure that will make material data from experiments and simulations in materials science and materials engineering usable. The Institute of Energy and Climate Research and the Institute for Advanced Simulation are involved.
in the past five years
|Year||Total||In peer-reviewed journals||of which with other institutions||Books, other publications||Doctoral theses, habilitations|
|2016||2,202||1,580||1,290 | ||521||101|
|2017||2,442||1,861||1,499 | ||460||121|
|2018||2,319||1,714||1,351 | ||458||147|
|2019||2,398||1,891||1,443 | ||400||107|
|2020||2,473||1,827||1,391 | ||533||113|
|Journal||Number of publications|
|Physical Review B||41|
|Physical Review Letters||23|
|Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics||19|
|Journal of the Electrochemical Society||19|
|Physical Review Research||19|
|Journal of Power Sources||15|
|Advanced Engineering Materials||14|
A publication by researchers from Bochum (RUB), Düsseldorf (HHU), Jülich (FZJ) and Aachen (RWTH) in the journal “Science” was ranked among the “TOP 10 Breakthroughs in 2020” by the journal. Prof. Katrin Amunts and Prof. Markus Axer from the Jülich Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine were involved. The results showed, for the first time, striking similarities in how the brains of birds and mammals are organized: the neocortex of mammals and sensory brain areas of birds are both wired in horizontal layers and vertical columns. 150-year-old assumptions have thus been disproved. Decisive insights were provided by a method developed by Jülich and Düsseldorf scientists called 3D Polarized Light Imaging. It is capable of mapping the course and orientation of nerve fibres carrying signals for the entire brain.
Every year, the renowned journal “Nature” ranks the leading international research institutions in its “Nature Index”. It is based on the number of an institution’s publications in 82 scientific journals selected by an independent panel. In the “Nature Index 2021”, the Helmholtz Association, of which Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member, is runner-up to Max Planck Society among the German institutions and 6th in the international ranking. Among all 18 Helmholtz Centres, Jülich ranks 3rd with 363 publications. Forschungszentrum Jülich has thus maintained its position as a top-class location in the national research landscape.
Institutions with Share1) according to “Nature Index”
Jülich researchers are among the “Highly Cited Researchers”.
Among the most frequently cited researchers in the world are six Jülich scientists: Prof. Simon Eickhoff from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, PD Dr. Martin Schultz from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Prof. Björn Usadel from the Institute of Bioinformatics, Dr. Hendrik Poorter from the Institute of Plant Sciences, Prof. Michael Saliba from the Institute of Photovoltaics and Prof. Christoph Brabec from the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy. They were listed as “Highly Cited Researchers” by the Web of Science Group, which is part of Clarivate Analytics. This means that their publications are among the one per cent of the most cited papers in their field in the year of publication. Only those scientists who are involved in several of these particularly influential publications will be accepted as one of the “Highly Cited Researchers”.
PHOTO: Frank Koehntopp, Forschungszentrum Jülich/Ralf-Uwe Limbach, Forschungszentrum Jülich/Axer et al.