Other Programs


Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth and Energy (HDS-LEE)

The aim of the school is to drive the digitalization in research and produce outstanding data scientists to support domain-specific research activities. HDS-LEE will receive about six million euros in funding from the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. In total, the partners will also contribute six million euros to the project.

Spokesperson at RWTH

Professor Alexander Mitsos


German Research School for Simulation Sciences (GRS)

Computational science, performed on high-end supercomputers, is widely regarded as the third pillar of scientific methodology beside theory and experiment. This approach has the potential to influence profoundly both science and engineering through its ability to deal with the complexity of phenomena.

Our mission is to conduct excellent research and provide excellent education in this important interdisciplinary field. We offer programs for both master and doctoral students. Studies include all subjects relevant for simulation on high-performance computers ranging from the disciplinary sciences like physics, chemistry, or biology, to the interdisciplinary fields of numerics and computer science.

Spokesperson: Professor Marek Behr


EXTATIC - Doctoral Programme in EUV and X-Ray Training in Advanced Technologies for Interdisciplinary Cooperation

Erasmus Mundus Aktion 1 B, with participation from RWTH

EXTATIC is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJDs), led by Dublin City University. The overarching objective of this EMJD is to provide high-level training in Extreme UV (EUV) and X-ray science to a new generation of high achieving graduate students to provide them with the transferable skills necessary for thriving careers in a burgeoning area that underpins innovative technological development across a range of diverse disciplines. This goal will be achieved by a unique combination of "hands-on" research training, industrial placements and courses and workshops on scientific and complementary so-called "soft" skills facilitated by the academic- industrial composition of our network.

Contact at RWTH: Prof. Dr. Larissa Juschkin


Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate

HITEC is a Helmholtz Graduate School of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the five partner universities Aachen, Bochum, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Wuppertal focusing on energy and climate research. The aim of the Graduate School is to provide PhD students with the expertise and the methodological and communication skills necessary for scientific work on the highest international level. Furthermore, well-founded cross-cutting know-how will be imparted on the scientific, technical and social dimensions of the topic of energy and climate, such as the complex relations between the energy supply and its impact on climate change.

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Uwe Rau, FZ Jülich


Sustainable Chemical Synthesis – A Systems Approach / CMT

The graduate school aims to develop innovative methods and technologies for sustainable synthesis of chemical products by academic and industrial research partners. The research is focused on premarket technologies and fosters interdisciplinary research of scientists and engineers.

Spokesperson: Professor Walter Leitner


The Medium-Sized City as a Place for Participation. Qualitative Change via New Cultures of City Making

A team from RWTH Aachen University, the University of Stuttgart, and the University of Potsdam is developing a research training group for the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The group is focused on future developments in medium-sized towns of 20,000 to 50,000 inhabitants. Using an inter- and transdisciplinary approach, they aim to investigate future issues and transformation concerns in eight selected medium-sized cities in order to bring about change via new forms of city making and participation.