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Foundation: 1956

Mission: Relevance. Our research helps to solve major problems faced by the world today. Forschungszentrum Jülich is a large-scale national research facility in the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. By conducting research on the global challenges currently facing society, we contribute to the welfare of mankind and responsible action with respect to the Earth. Our basic scientific and engineering research is inspired by the notion of utilization. It is always conducted with a view to application – be that in the near or more distant future. Effect. Our research aims to improve lives. It is our task to acquire knowledge for science, but also to have a positive effect in other areas of society. We want politicians, citizens, and actors in civil society to be able to use our findings in order to discuss societal issues in accordance with the latest available research and to take progressive decisions that serve the public interest. We promote cooperation with industry through active innovation management. Together with our partners, we work on turning findings into new products, processes, and services that will improve people’s lives in the long term while at the same time conserving natural resources. Progress. Our research is focused on three major areas in which we are best placed to make a valuable contribution on the basis of our scientific expertise and high-performance infrastructures: information, energy, and bioeconomy. We explore the complex processes of the human brain in order to provide more effective diagnoses and cures for neurological disorders. We study the future of information processing to open up new possibilities for science and society. We conduct research for a sustainable energy system that can contribute to a successful transformation of the energy sector (Energiewende). We perform investigations for a bio-based value chain to enable a sustainable economy. The processing of information in biological and technical systems is an overarching issue for Jülich that drives and unites the field of neuroscience with a focus on the brain, research into the fundamentals of future information technologies, and high-performance computing with supercomputers. These areas of research draw inspiration from one another at Jülich in order to open up the opportunities for science and other areas of society that emerge from a fundamental understanding of information processing in complex systems. We aim to contribute to the successful transformation of the energy sector and to restricting climate change, which is why we are investigating energy conversion processes, storage technologies, and the mechanisms of climate change. We think in terms of value chains from basic research right up to technology and do not consider the energy system in an isolated fashion, but rather as an integrated feature of the environment and society. With our research into the pioneering topic of the bioeconomy, we are supporting the transition from an oil-based to a bio-based economy and contributing to the efforts to feed a growing global population. Interconnection. We work across a range of topics and disciplines. We search for innovative solutions that function in complex systems. This requires us to think and act in an agile and process-oriented manner while maintaining a view of the bigger picture. We work across a range of topics and disciplines and seek out relationships between the different research areas. We promote simulation and data sciences as a key method for research. We use our large-scale – and often unique – infrastructures as bridges for considering research subjects from all perspectives using various methods with different size scales and timescales. Furthermore, we do not pursue our topics purely from the perspective of science and engineering, but also consider them in their economic, social, and ethical contexts.

Vision: Magnet. We want to be a place of charismatic research that attracts extraordinary people. We aim to be a magnet for outstanding scientists visionary pioneers professional supporters of research in administration and infrastructure, and talented young scientists. We seek to attract creative individuals from all over the world to Jülich: people who love to think and are also enthusiastic about doing so in unconventional ways. We also strive to be an attractive place for people who are full of curiosity about the ideas of their colleagues and open discourse. We want our campus to be a great place for inspiring exchanges. Pioneer. We do not wait for progress to happen, but instead look to shape it ourselves. We do not want our research to simply accompany the transition and progress of society, but instead we seek to catalyse and enable it as a pioneer – be this in the understanding and treatment of widespread neurological disorders, the development of future data processing machines, or the understanding of the brain and thus of humankind itself, as well as the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources. An example of this approach can be seen with the Energiewende: we contribute to its successful implementation not only through research but also by acting as an open “living lab” in which new energy technologies are put to the test to secure the energy supply on campus. We serve as a model neighbourhood using methods from the simulation and data sciences for decentralized energy systems of the future. Partner. We want to be a strong partner. We are an international team with roots in the Rhineland. We aim to be a strong partner in our local area, offering prospects for the future as an attractive establishment for employment and training, as well as an agent of structural change in the Rhineland region. We seek to help shape the scientific landscape at universities in North Rhine-Westphalia – particularly in the ABCD region (Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf) – and in the “border triangle” area between Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. We are committed to ensuring that this uniquely concentrated and strong research region makes even greater use of its potential – at a national level, in Europe, and on the international stage. We cooperate particularly closely with RWTH Aachen University in the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA). Our aim is to ultimately provide the impetus for new forms of scientific cooperation beyond the region. Ambassador. Our perspective is a global one. Global visibility and recognition of our research is where we set the benchmark. This is why our research is internationally networked, with Jülich often taking on a leading role in international projects. As an international player, we support the Open Science movement and are involved in utilizing the opportunities presented by digitization for the open exchange of research data. We are active throughout the world and are also the home of a global community: at Forschungszentrum Jülich, we view the diversity of our employees as a strength to be nurtured because we consider the variety of biographical origin, intellectual home, gender, and age as an important prerequisite for success in our work.


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Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

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Ranks by Subject areas/categories

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal.

AreaWorldWestern EuropeEU-27OECDGermany
Agricultural and Biological Sciences +793rd242nd195th526th53rd
Arts and Humanities 257th109th78th230th12th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 939th303rd237th693rd81st
Chemistry 659th198th158th434th54th
Computer Science 1339th477th395th921st90th
Earth and Planetary Sciences +382nd126th96th234th23rd
Energy 114th20th14th46th6th
Engineering +496th138th102nd303rd21st
Environmental Science 425th130th96th229th29th
Mathematics 870th309th257th577th67th
Medicine +1321st458th377th944th88th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 1745th557th489th1202nd97th
Physics and Astronomy 470th135th102nd317th36th
Psychology 921st381st279th794th69th
Social Sciences 1656th616th521st1179th95th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

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