In 2014, a total 520 statues of Charlemagne were situated on the Aachen Katschhof square. The red and yellow sculptures were part of the city’s celebrations honouring the 1200th anniversary of the death of the emperor, whose favourite residence was Aachen.
Jülich’s campus measures 2.2 km2. But Jülich scientists are active beyond the campus – for example at RWTH Aachen University, which is closely interlinked with Forschungszentrum Jülich through the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA).
Prof. Rainer Waser is a member of the “Fundamentals of Future Information Technology” section of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA-FIT) and heads two institutes: one at Jülich, and one at RWTH Aachen University.
What differentiates the work conducted by the two institutes?
Both research the future of nanoelectronics, in particular a special type of storage and logic elements called ReRAMs. There are two different kinds of ReRAMs – one of them is the focus of research at Jülich, and the other at RWTH.
Image above: In 2014, a total 520 statues of Charlemagne were situated on the Aachen Katschhof square. The red and yellow sculptures were part of the city’s celebrations honouring the 1200th anniversary of the death of the emperor, whose favourite residence was Aachen.
What are the advantages of JARA-FIT?
The alliance offers opportunities that one partner alone would not have. By coordinating our research, resources can be used more effectively.
What exactly does this mean?
When it comes to expensive instruments, we can share one each since our geographical proximity allows us to both use them easily. We also appoint joint academic personnel and found institutions together, for example the JARA-FIT institute Green IT, which was founded in 2016 to develop energy-efficient computer chips.
Aachen residents greet each other by pointing the little finger of their right hand into the air. This greeting, called “Klenkes”, is a reminder of the needle industry that was prevalent in Aachen during the 19th century. Workers, usually children, separated flawed needles from the good ones using their little finger.
Around 55,000 of the 245,000 residents of Aachen are students. The vast majority of them – 45,000 – are enrolled at RWTH Aachen University.
20 July 802: Presumably no one in Aachen had ever seen an elephant before. But on this date, an elephant plodded through the streets of Aachen. The caliph of Baghdad presented it to emperor Charlemagne as a gift.