Nobody had expected this – especially not in December 2019, when work on this issue of effzett began: the corona pandemic has dominated life in recent months and will continue to do so. The crisis affects everyone.
Scientists are also facing great challenges. Knowledge about the virus and therapies are expected to be available after a few months instead of years, as would usually be the case. This can only be achieved through open exchange, collaboration and close networking – a cooperation that will also be a benefit in post-corona times.
Jülich scientists, too, are working on strategies against the virus in transnational alliances (see pages 16-17 and www.fz-juelich.de/coronavirus). They also continue to research major issues that are likewise changing our lives, even if these issues are currently receiving less attention – such as the necessary restructuring of the energy system to make Germany almost climate-neutral by 2050 at low cost. Wind power plays a decisive role here. However, there is more of a standstill than action in terms of expansion. You can also read about the state of the silicon solar cell competition, the progress being made in quantum computing and how galactic radiation helps soil researchers.
We hope you enjoy this issue and above all: stay well!
Your effzett editorial team
Authors of this issue: Marcel Bülow, Janosch Deeg, Dr. Frank Frick, Christian Hohlfeld, Anke Krüger, Jannis Lindner, Dr. Regine Panknin, Martha Peters, Dr. Arndt Reuning, Tobias Schlößer, Dr. Barbara Schunk, Brigitte Stahl-Busse, Angela Wenzik, Erhard Zeiss
Photo: Cordelia Craigie, Montage: SeitenPlan