Interdisciplinary Research Partnerships

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The work communities at RWTH Aachen develop and tap into new, interdisciplinary research fields that span across the faculties.  In contrast, our competence and research centers work intenstively on specific research topics and combine expertise from our institutes in scientic cooperations.


Work Communities

Involving researchers from several departments and institutes, the University's Work Communities develop new multi-disciplinary research fields with strategic meaning for RWTH Aachen.

Center for Computational Engineering Science (CCES)

At the CCES, a collaboration of 22 university and associated institutions from the natural sciences and engineering fields, researchers join forces to further develop computer-based modeling approaches, simulations, and the otimization of technological and scientific systems.

E.ON Energy Research Center

With seven professors from three RWTH Faculties, E.ON ERC pursues the objectives of its mission that was stipulated by the stakeholders of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) between RWTH Aachen University and E.ON SE, i.e. to develop a secure, environmentally sound and affordable energy supply system. In particular, research focusses on sustainable energy solutions (electrical power, storage, heating and cooling systems, automation and services) for the urban environment, considering socio-economical, ecological and political aspects. With support of the PPP between RWTH and E.ON SE, E.ON ERC’s technical facilities and test laboratories are setting standards.

Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering

At the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering, seven chairs from four RWTH Faculties have teamed up to develop and optimize new biomedical technologies to offer patients the best possible medical treatment and rehabilitation.


Competence and Research Centers

In contrast to the work communities, the competence centers at RWTH Aachen collaborate with a limited number of institutes, focusing on research with the goal of creating a more efficient connection between the institutions’ research activities.

The RWTH research and competence centers pool expertise in various areas of research, from biomimetics and nanotechnology to the history of the sciences. For an overview of the competence centers and their activities and key research focuses, please visit: Competence and Research Centers.