Nach Angaben des Forscher Jiankui He von der Universität Shenzhen in China sind im November die ersten durch Einsatz der molekularen Genschere CRISPR/Cas9 genetisch manipulierten Menschen geboren worden. Bei zwei Mädchen sei noch im Embryonalstadium ein Gen für einen Rezeptor des Immunsystems gezielt entfernt worden, um sie resistent gegen HIV-Infektionen zu machen. Die Veränderung wird auch an spätere Nachkommen vererbt. Prof. Katrin Amunts, stv. Vorsitzende des Deutschen Ethikrates , kommentiert auf der Website des Forschungszentrums Jülich den Einsatz als ethische Grenzverletzung.
Today is the last day of our PASCAL project in Accra. While the group is still working hard with Dr. Jirka Šimůnek and Dr. Roland Baatz to get to know the software “Hydrus” and to implement their own data to model water flows and contaminant transports in soils we ask some participants to give us a short feedback on the week. For us it was a pleasure working with you guys. We really enjoyed your interest in the subject and your enthusiasm at the courses. Hopefully we will meet again soon.
In the PASCAL HPC-workshop (HPC = High Performance Computing) the Jülich scientists train African participants how to use TSMP to provide predictions from coupled simulations of the soil, water, and air system. The course aims to provide the participants with generic capabilities of terrestrial modelling and data assimilation which they can apply in their home countries. “Attending PASCAL is very crucial for my work”, says Chioma Ogbenna, PhD student in soil science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and one of the PASCAL participants.
Deforestation, soil degredation, climate change: African countries face serious challenges in regard of a sustainable development, requiring a comprehensive integrated approach. The PASCAL training program aims at initiating a knowledge and technology transfer-bridge between Germany and Africa in the areas of soil science, nutrition and hydrology. An interview with Chioma Ogbenna shows how young scientists can utilize the training on HPC-enabled terrestrial modelling.
Second day of the PASCAL side programme - a lot of input for the participants! The aim is to get them to know Germany (and especially Forschungszentrum Jülich!) as a place for excellent science. Therefore the programme provides information on Germany and Jülich as a science location, it wants to foster the exchange between African and German scientists and to support scientists who are interested in a work stay in Germany/Jülich. Welcome to the “Career Fair”!
We, the members of the PASCAL team, are in Accra to organize the program, to give lectures and to do exercises with the participants - and some of us are here to report about it. Unfortunately, for most of us there is not much time besides or after the scientific program to get to know the capital and its people. At least we get an impression of this incredible city when we commute between the hotel and WASCAL headquarters. Thankfully the other day on the way back to our hotel we could persuade our driver to make some extra turns and show us “his” Accra.
Monday, November 26. Official start of PASCAL. Unlike on the weekend, when the place had a certain sleepiness, the WASCAL headquarters now hum with activity. Time to say hello to all the people who helped us organizing the workshop in the last months, e.g. Piece Ahovi from PR. All of you did a very good job, thank you!
The first two days in Ghana: Members of the PASCAL team arrive in Accra, meet a stranger on the bus, make preparations for the fallschool and the hackathon - and they "let the music play!"
This post is about somenone we haven't introduced til now. Our "new kid" is Bianka Fernengel from the Human Resources department.
Africa is no doubt the fastest growing continent in the world with a population of nearly 1.3 billion, growing at an average annual rate of 2.5% since the last 10 years. The growing population directly implies growing demand for food, energy, safe drinking water and health care. The growing youth population in most African countries has not been met with corresponding job opportunities within the continent to stem the incidences of high youth criminalities and quest for emigration.
Erhard Zeiss is the second colleague from corporate communications who told me how he prepares for the upcoming trip to Accra. When I talked to him I recognized that Africa has been in his mind for a long time. What he reports to me sounds like the first sentences in an adventure story...
Being a person, who had the opportunity of being involved in the design of special-purpose processors, any new process architecture for high-performance computing (HPC) is fascinating. As of today the market for server processors, which can also be used for supercomputers, is dominated by a single architecture, namely the x86 architecture, for which solutions are provided mainly by Intel but also AMD. For supercomputers becoming more powerful in the future, more competition for better (and cheaper) solutions is needed.
Forschungszentrum Jülich is mourning the passing of Professor Peter Grünberg. The Nobel laureate in physics and scientist of Forschungszentrum Jülich passed away last week in Jülich at the age of 78. We would like to give you the opportunity to share your memories of Peter Grünberg and to offer your condolences on this page.
Seeing doesn’t necessarily mean understanding. This brief notion is perhaps the best way of describing the problem that drives many researchers in the field of neuroscience. When imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging emerged in the 1990s, it appeared to be just a matter of time until we understood how speech is processed, sentences formed, and recollections stored in our short- and long-term memories. However, the current estimations of many scientists paint a much more sober picture. To date, hardly any concept from the fields of psychology, philosophy, or sociology can be clearly assigned to biological processes and structures in the brain.
In November, we, the doctoral researchers, again elected two new spokespersons who will represent us in several committees for the next year. This means it is time to say goodbye and thank you, but also welcome and good luck! As usual I would like to introduce the new speakers to you or let’s say let them introduce themselves to you. Afterwards I will give you a short overview of the things that are went on in the last months. Before we start with our Newbies, I’d like to mention that this time all our candidates for speakers were internationals, which is a first :) So I am really happy to introduce you to…
In April 2017, the first phase of the development process of the Doctoral Researcher and Scientific Advisor Platform (short DocPlatform) has ended. All the results gained in this phase were presented to the project board in May. Getting a very positive feedback there, a final meeting with all the participants of phase one was held at which everyone could inform him/herself about the work done in the other subgroups. This was also the start of the second phase, in which the following target processes shall be acquired: E-recruiting of Docs Identification and registration of all Docs Central monitoring of all Docs Transferable-skills curriculum In this article, I will tell you some more details about the transferable skills subgroup and what it achieved.