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JARA – Jülich Aachen Research Alliance

Focusing Expertise - Shaping the Future
In the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich pool their outstanding expertise in six research sections. These common efforts open up

new research opportunities and facilitate projects that would not be attainable for either of the partners on their own. Furthermore, their attention is always focused on the grand challenges facing society.


POP2 extends and expands the activities successfully carried out by the POP Centre of Excellence since October 2015. The effort in the POP project resulted in more than 120 assessment services provided to customers in academia, research and industry helping them to understand the behavior better and improve the performance of their applications. Both RWTH Aachen University and FZ Jülich are a partner in the POP2 project with the JARA-HPC cross-sectional group Parallel Efficiency, and both receive funding for about three scientific staff members for the three-year project duration.

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In its developmental history, man has gone through many stages until he became the complex creature he is. We have known this since Darwin's theory of evolution at least. However, the fact that some of today's creatures, which are normally not seen in a close relationship to humans, share characteristics with us is always surprising. A team of scientists from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) and RWTH Aachen University recently discovered that the perception of barn owls has certain similarities with the perception and information processing of primates. Prof. Hermann Wagner, member of JARA-BRAIN and head of the Institute of Biology II (Zoology) RWTH Aachen, was significantly involved in the study.

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Gummy bears are also making scientists "happy". Contrary to the commercially available gelatine treats, however, these are not intended for consumption. The soft fruit gums played an important role in the investigations of a team of scientists from the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Technical University of Munich. The researchers printed microelectrodes on melted and reshaped jelly bears. Until now, electrodes could only be applied to soft materials with great effort; the new method is significantly faster and cheaper. Medical diagnostics in particular could benefit from the investigations in the future.

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