Welcome to HITEC - the Graduate School in Energy and Climate Research

HITEC is a graduate school for doctoral candidates at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and its partner universities RWTH Aachen University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität zu Köln, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, and Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Its main objective is to foster interdisciplinary communication among PhD students working in the fields of energy and climate research and to enhance the PhD experience by providing additional scientific and professional qualifications and international exchanges that supplement the candidates’ research work. HITEC is funded by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund.


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My external mentor@ the National Solar Energy Institute (INES), France


As part of the HITEC supervision concept each doctoral candidate can choose his or her external mentor from academia or industry. HITEC funds up to two visits with the external mentor.

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18 January 2016

Electrolyser Project in Operation for 1000 Hours

In the Ekolyser project, researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich are developing methods for the production of hydrogen by the electrolysis of water together with partners from science and industry. In a new test facility, they are testing more robust and inexpensive materials. The prototype has now completed its envisaged operating time of 1000 hours and the technology should be ready for widespread application by 2020. More in German.

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18 January 2016

Understanding the Climate better with Gloria

Global climatic processes are complex and many questions are still open. Climatologists from Forschungszentrum Jülich now aim to answer two of them: What processes influence ozone depletion in the lowermost stratosphere? And what effect do the elusive gravity waves have on climate? To solve these issues, Jülich scientists together with colleagues from several German research institutions are heading north from Kiruna in Sweden on board the research aircraft HALO for measurement flights. At altitudes of up to 14 kilometres, the GLORIA detector developed at Jülich will also be put into operation.

 

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18 January 2016

Winter Smog in China - Searching for Unknown Radicals

Fine dust and smog do not only result from traffic and industry. The majority of the pollutants are actually formed in the air – by hydroxyl radicals and other as yet unknown substances. Atmospheric chemists from Forschungszentrum Jülich intend to track down these trace substances in the RACE research project. More in German.

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5 January 2016

HALO Sets Off for the North Pole

Between January and March 2016, the research aircraft HALO will be taking off from Kiruna in Sweden for flights over the polar sea towards Greenland and the North Pole. Climatologists, including researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich, will be making extensive measurements in the tropopause region at altitudes from about 7 to 17 kilometres. The aim of the POLSTRACC campaign (Polar Stratosphere in a Changing Climate) is to better understand the processes that influence ozone and other climate-relevant trace gases in the Arctic tropopause region in winter

 

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17 December 2015

Jülich Researchers Receive Funding from European Research Council

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Samir Lounis from Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University and Dr. Hendrik Fuchs from Forschungszentrum Jülich are to receive Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) in Brussels. This involves funding totalling € 3.85 million over a five-year period. The money is intended to help the physicists extend and consolidate their innovative research.

 

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14 December 2015

First measurements by Jülich Diagnostic Systems at Wendelstein 7-X

Jülich researchers have undertaken the first measurements of the plasma at the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device in Greifswald. Helium plasma was produced there for the first time last week.

 

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December 2015

Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft

Die Klaus Tschira Stiftung sucht junge Nachwuchswissenschaftler, die ihre herausragenden Forschungsarbeiten anschaulich und verständlich beschreiben. Die besten Arbeiten werden mit dem Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft – kurz KlarText! – prämiert.
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December 2015

Deutscher Studienpreis

The Körber Foundation awards prizes totalling more than € 100,000 every year for contributions to research of outstanding social relevance. The call for applications targets scientists of all disciplines who obtained a magna or summa cum laude doctoral degree in 2015. The closing date for the current call is 1 March 2016.
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2 December 2015

Jülich Expertise: Plants react differently on the climate change as expected

The more CO2 the more plant growth. This is the simple set phrase most climate models take into account. However, many plants seem to behave differently, namely: The more CO2 the less transpiration, that means less release of water to the atmosphere. So far, the consequences are not clear. Jülich Biologists will investigate this phenomena from beginning of 2016.

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1 December 2015

Jülich Expertise: Effect of plant-aerosols on the climate can vary

The distinctive smell of pine forest or cut grass influences our climate. Organic volatiles, originating from the plants, form larg complexes in the atmosphere that scatter the sunlight or serve as a nucleus for clouds.

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1 December 2015

Atmospheric Gravitation Waves discovered in new satellite photographs

A team of international scientists involving Jülich scientists succeeded in observing disturbances in the middle and high  earth's atmosphere. Using infrared pictures of two NASA satellites the propagation of these atmospheric gravitation waves from the earth to mesosphere at 90km altitude were invastigated. This observation gives substantial information that helps to improve future climate models.

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People

Isabell Krisch
13 January 2016

Climatologists from Forschungszentrum Jülich together with colleagues from several German research institutions are heading north from Kiruna in Sweden on board the research aircraft HALO for measurement flights. Scientific questions are: What processes influence ozone depletion in the lowermost stratosphere? And what effect do the elusive gravity waves have on climate? Isabell Krisch, a doctoral candidate from IEK-7 and HITEC fellow, is part of the team ans shares her impressions in a blog.

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Dr. Karl Mayrhofer
7 December 2015

New director of IEK-11: Dr. Karl Mayrhofer

Dr. Karl Mayrhofer is the new director of the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg (IEK-11). Together with Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, he will manage the new institute.

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Sebastian Schmitt
11 September 2015

Sebastian Schmitt, IEK-8, received the Best Poster Award at the European Aersosol Conference in Milan, Italy (EAC 2015). The title of his poster was: Secondary organic aerosol from benzene and D6-benzene.

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Yulia Arinicheva
August 2015

Yulia Arinicheva, IEK-6,  was awarded 'Best Science Slam' at the RACIRI Summer School, titled Time-resolved and in-situ Studies of Materials: Basics and Applications at Rügen Germany. Yulia, who also won the first HITEC science slam in March 2014, was selected out of 12 participants.

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Michael Rack
16 June 2015

Michael Rack (IEK-4) is one of the four young scientists who were honoured with the Excellence Prize at this year's "JuDocs 2015 -Karriere made in Jülich".

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Vitali Weißbecker & Andreas Schulze Lohoff
16 June 2015

Vitali Weißbecker and Andreas Schulze Lohoff (both IEK-3) have performed well at the founders' competition "AC2". They won the first place for their start-up plans dealing with fuel cells. For their promising concept they were honoured with 10,000€ seed money.

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Michael Rack
27 April 2015

Michael Rack (HITEC alumnus) is one of the three winners of 'The 2015 European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division PhD Researd Award 1' (PhD Research Reward). The Plasma Physics Division of the European Society (EPS) grants up to four prizes annually to young scientists from the 38 European countries asscociated with the EPS in recognition of outstanding research achievement associated with their PhD study in the broad field of plasma physics.

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Patrick Niehoff, Cheng Wu, Bugra Turan
23 March 2015

Three doctoral candidates received the HITEC Communicator Awards 2015 during the third HITEC Symposium. First prize (1500 €): Patrick Niehoff, IEK-1; second prize (1000 €): Cheng Wu, IEK-8; third prize (500 €): Bugra Turan, IEK-5.

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Michael Deiml
15 March 2015

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) welcomes new Co-Lead for the Small Satellites Project Group: Michael Deiml. He is a HITEC doctoral candidate at the Research Centre Jülich (IEK-7) and the University of Wuppertal and started his PhD in July 2014.

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Yulia Arinicheva
4 March 2015

Yulia Arinicheva (IEK-6) was chosen from several hundred applicants to participate at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (28 June - 3 July 2015). In this meeting she will be given the opportunity to meet Nobel Laureates from the fields of Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine, and attend their lectures, panel discussions on interdisciplinary topics, and small-size discussion sessions.

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Prof. T.W. Clyne
26 January 2015

Trevor William Clyne, University of Cambridge, UK, has been honoured with the Helmholtz International Fellow Award 2014. The materials scientist was nominated by Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a fellow he will receive € 20,000 each in prize money and will be invited to take part in research visits to Forschungszentrum Jülich. Since 2012 Prof. Clyne is a member of the HITEC Advisory Board.

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Prof. Martin Winter
15 January 2015

On 1 January 2015, Prof. Dr. Martin Winter took up his position as new director at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Ionics in Energy Storage, IEK-12.

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Leónard Kröll
21 November 2014

Leónard Kröll (IEK-9) achieved first place in the poster awards at the Future Energy Forum 2014 at RWTH Aachen University.

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Georg Teucher
November 2014

Georg Teucher, IEK-1, has been awarded the Best Poster Award 2014 presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry in Lausanne, Switzerland

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Beatrix Blank and Sebastian Schmitt
4 November 2014

The doctoral candidates of Forschungszentrum Jülich elected their representatives for the Ph.D. students' initiative Helmholtz Juniors of the Helmholtz Association. The two representatives with the highest number of votes Beatrix Blank, IEK-5, and Sebastian Schmitt, IEK-8, are also HITEC doctoral candidates as were their predecessors. Read the interview with the former representatives Andreas Fichtner, IEK-6 and Marco Prill, IEK-2.

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Contact Us

Prof. Dr. Uwe Rau
Scientific Director
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 1554
u.rau@fz-juelich.de

Dr. Bärbel Köster
Managing Director
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 1595
b.koester@fz-juelich.de

Katharina Kräußle
HITEC Office
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 8811
k.kraeussle@fz-juelich.de

Dr. Maurice Nuys
Programme Manager
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 9733
m.nuys@fz-juelich.de

HITEC Events

next event: 24.02.2016
Feb 24

Basic Characterization of Materials and Devices  more

Mar 10

Starter Pack 24 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Mar 15

Retreat 2016 (1)  more

Mar 21

Starter Pack 25 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Mar 22

Materials for High Temperature Application  more

Mar 22

Experimental Methods for Characterisation of Materials for High Temperature Applications (2016)  more

Apr 04

04.04.2016 Starter Pack 25 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Apr 18

18.-19.04.2015 Getting Published, 2/16  more

May 12

Starter Pack 25 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

May 17

Imaging Methods  more

Jun 13

13.-14.06.2016 Starter Pack 26 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Links

Studium Universale

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Helmholtz Association

Energy Forum Aachen (EFA) e.V.