JARA - Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance

Focusing expertise – shaping the future: The Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, JARA for short, between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich is a model that is unique in Germany, overcoming the mere juxtaposition of university and non-university research and teaching.

The alliance thus establishes a world-class scientific environment attractive to the very best scientists. At the same time, JARA opens up new research opportunities and facilitates projects that would not be attainable for either of the partners on their own. The cooperation within JARA also extends beyond research to the areas of education, infrastructure, knowledge transfer, and services. This creates excellent conditions for research and the application of research results.

JARA currently comprises the following six areas of research:

sustainable energy (JARA-ENERGY)

brain research (JARA-BRAIN)

information technologies of the future (JARA-FIT)

high performance computing (JARA-HPC)

Forces and Matter Experiments (JARA-FAME)

Soft Matter Science (JARA-SOFT)

Our scientists perform research on topics such as a more efficient energy generation and use, they open up opportunities for the early diagnosis of psychological and neurological disorders, develop the physical basis for new storage technologies and processors for computers, and optimize research and development projects using computer simulations.

The two partners, RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich, thus selectively combine research fields in which they can effectively complement each others' specific expertise.

In this integrated partnership model, strategies for science policy are identified and coordinated. Together, we define research objectives, make investments, and appoint and train our academic staff. JARA has a staff of about 4,000 and a budget of around € 500 million. In 2011, the investment volume was around € 60 million.

Research Association of Industrial Furnace Manufactures
The Thermprocess fair in Dusseldorf is the world's most important platform for the presentation of highly innovative technologies in industrial thermal processing technology. The Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering (IOB) was represented with its own booth in the Research Association of Industrial Furnace Manufactures (FOGI).

Cartography of the Spin-Orbit-Interaction

Utilizing the magnetic moment (spin) of an electron leads to a faster and more energy efficient processing of bits and bytes than within the actual Si-based processors. So far, manipulation experiments of the spin revealed signals which are much too small for any practical application. A possible reason for the unfavorable efficiency has now...

Researching Soft Matter
Our modern era, in stark contrast to the prehistoric Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages, is characterized by soft matter. Polymers, colloids, amphiphilic structures, and emulsions are amongst the materials categorized by this term. Scientists are primarily interested in the properties of soft matter in order to develop new applications for its structures.


As part of a cooperation project between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich (JARA), a new database was created, that provides comprehensive overview of the main research areas in energy of the two institutions.


Human Brain Project
JARA Involved in European Megaproject on Human Brain Simulation
JARA FIT Annual Report
You can download the new JARA-FIT Annual Report 2012 from here. Our last year's scientific progress and our achievements are documented there.