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.


JuDocs 2014 - Karriere made in Jülich

On Saturday 14 June 2014, the Board of Directors and Studium Universale will host the annual ceremony for doctoral candidates and subsequent get-together in the Seecasino.

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Jülich, Münster, Aachen, 10 June 2014

Helmholtz-Institut Münster established

It is one of the key issues for the success of the energy revolution: How can we succeed to store electricity generated in the long term, in large quantities and in the smallest possible space? To solve these questions the Helmholtz Research Centre Jülich, the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU Münster) and the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) jointly established the Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS), which is operated as a branch of the Research Center Jülich. The main focus of research lies on the investigation of electrolytes - the most important part of any battery. MOre information in German.

Jülich, 26 May 2014

Icy Measurements

Successful conclusion of expedition to explore Arctic clouds

In northern Canada, atmospheric researchers have attempted to get to the bottom of Arctic amplification, the phenomenon of intensified climate change in the Arctic. The scientists, some of whom are from Jülich’s Institute of Energy and Climate Research, conducted measurements over the course of five weeks at a field station and with two research aircraft as part of the RACEPAC project (Radiation-Aerosol-Cloud Experiment in the Arctic Circle). The structure and the radiation properties of clouds were measured simultaneously by the aircraft. This strategy will enable the scientists to link the various parameters in such a way that their findings can be incorporated more easily into weather and climate models in future.

Jülich/Toulouse, 22 May 2014

Atmospheric Research Using Commercial Airliners

Ceremony and symposium to celebrate 20th anniversary of MOZAIC/IAGOS project

Since 1994, scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich have been using commercial airliners as a means of carrying measuring instruments in order to determine the chemical composition of the atmosphere. The measurements were initially carried out as part of the MOZAIC project (Measurement of OZone by Airbus In-service airCraft), which was succeeded by IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) in 2005. To mark the 20th anniversary of MOZAIC/IAGOS, a ceremony has been held at Airbus in Toulouse as well as a three-day symposium with more than 70 scientists from around 20 countries.

Greifswald, 20 May 2014

Preparations for operation of Wendelstein 7-X starting

Inauguration ceremony at Greifswald on 20 May 2014 after completion of the main installation of the fusion device

After years of calculation, plancompletedning, component production and installation the Wendelstein 7-X project is now entering a new phase: Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald in May started the preparations for operation of this the world’s largest fusion device of the stellarator type. See also  BMBF press release (in German)

Jülich, 16 May 2014

Flying with Algae

A global society and a functioning world economy would not be conceivable without mobility. An important role is played by the aviation industry, which needs solutions for sustainable fuel in the near future. The AUFWIND project investigates algae production and conversion to biokerosene. A related project, known as OptimAL, optimizes the productivity and light use of algae. To support these activities, the Algae Science Centre has begun work at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Jülich, 10 May 2014

New Knowledge Platform on Climate Research

The Helmholtz Association’s new scientific information platform for Earth and Environment, "Earth System Knowledge Platform" (ESKP) is online. From 10 May onwards, scientists will present current research findings and well-founded background information on the website about topics such as the effects of climate change, natural hazards, and the spread of pollutants in the environment. Jülich is represented by IEK-7 and IEK-8.

Brief report in German; the platform is in German, too.

Jülich, 24 March 2014

Up Into Climate-Relevant Ice Clouds!

When the research aircraft HALO takes off today from Oberpfaffenhofen in Bavaria on its first flight in the “Mid-Latitude (ML) Cirrus” mission, it will have Jülich measuring instruments on board. Until 17 April, these will record data over Europe and the North Atlantic on the water vapour and ice contained in ice clouds as well as on the number and size of the ice particles. The results will be used to help refine climate computer models and make climate forecasts more reliable.


Chao Zhang visits external mentor
June 2014

Chao Zhang, doctoral candidate in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Photovoltaics (IEK-5) reports about his visit with his external mentor in Baoding, China


Martin Schiek
May 2014

Martin Schiek, doctoral candidate at IEK-2, received a Best Poster Award at the 9th International Conference on Microscopy of Oxidation in Nottingham, United Kingdom for his poster 'Oxidation Mechanisms of Marginal Alumina Forming Alloys in Environments Relevant to Gas Separation Membranes'.


Kaining Ding new team leader at IEK-5

HITEC Alumni member, Kaining Ding, has been assigned the lead of a new research group at IEK5-Photovoltaics since 2014. His group works on the development of materials and processes for silicon heterojunction solar cells. He has been a HITEC student from 2010 to 2012.


Viacheslav Vasechko
May 2014

Dipl.-Ing. Viacheslav Vasechko (IEK-2) has been awarded the title of Dr. rer. nat. by RWTH Aachen University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: "Thermo-Mechanical Investigations of Reoxidation-Stable Materials Solutions for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells".


Martin Kaminski
May 2014

Dipl.-Chem. Martin Kaminski (IEK-8) has been awarded the title of Dr. rer. nat. by the University of Cologne, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: "Untersuchung des photochemischen Terpenoidabbaus in der Atmosphärensimulationskammer SAPHIR".


Yulia Arinicheva, IEK-6, is HITEC Science Slam Champion 2014
21 March 2014

On 20 March the audience of the first HITEC Science Slam experienced science in a whole new way. Four doctoral candidates took to the stage to describe their research topics in an entertaining ten-minute presentation. The audience voted for Yulia Arinicheva as the HITEC Science Slam Champion 2014.


Patrick Niehoff@Risø-Research Center
February 2014

Patrick Niehoff, doctoral candidate in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Materials Synthesis and Processing (IEK-1) reports about his research stay at Risø-Research Center, Denmark


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Contact Us

Prof. Dr. Uwe Rau
Scientific Director
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 1554

Dr. Bärbel Köster
Managing Director
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 1595

Katharina Kräußle
HITEC Office
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 8811

HITEC Events

next event: 29.09.2014
Sep 29

Starter Pack 17 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Oct 07

07.10.-08.10.2014 Getting Published, 4/14  more

Oct 13

Starter Pack 17 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Oct 20

1 week Orientation week 2014/2  more

Oct 29

29.10.2014 HITEC Methods Day: Spectroscopic applications in energy and climate research  more

Nov 03

Starter Pack 18 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Nov 12

Aeroplane measurements in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere  more

Nov 20

Magnetic Resonance Methods  more

Nov 28

Starter Pack 18 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Dec 01

01.-02.12.2014 Getting Published, 5/14  more

Dec 03

Basics of flow visualisation by means of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) 2014  more

Dec 04

Materials and Compounds – Surface analysis  more

Dec 08

Starter Pack 17 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Dec 18

Starter Pack 18 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Jan 26

Starter Pack 19 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Feb 23

Starter Pack 19 - Part 2 'Project Management'  more

Mar 23

Starter Pack 19 - Part 3 'Team Communication'  more

Mar 23

Starter Pack 20 - Part 1 'Scientific Presentation'  more

Other Events

HERMES 2014, Materials Modelling Summer School
25-28 July 2014 at Cumberland Lodge, Greater London

2nd Euroregional Workshop on Photovoltaics
1-3 September 2014, University of Ljubljana

10th Liège Conference on Materials for Advanced Power Engineering
14-17 September, 2014, Palais des Congrès Liège, Belgium

Joint European Summer School for on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser, and BatteryTechnologies (JESS)
21 - 27 September 2014, Rethymno, Greece

Autumn School on Microstructural Characterization and Modelling of Thin-Film Solar Cells
November 2-7, 2014 Resort Hotel Schwielowsee (near Potsdam, Germany)


Studium Universale

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Helmholtz Association