Work Communities

Helmholtz Institute RWTH Aachen

RWTH Work Communities are consortia of researchers from different faculties that develop new interdisciplinary research fields. Currently, there are two work communities at RWTH: The CCES is concerned with the simulation and optimization of scientific-technological systems, while the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering conducts R&D to develop treatments and therapies for patients.

A work community is established to develop new interdisciplinary research fields with strategic meaning for RWTH.

It is an interdisciplinary cooperation made up of multiple faculties. As a rule, the participating researchers focus on a highly topical research project and work on it for an extended period of time. Work communities are approved by the Rector's Office, which may provide support in the initial phase of the project, as so-called start-up funding.

Through a cooperation agreement, faculties and departments commit to hiring or designating present professors, who are equipped or will be equipped to address the research topic of the work community.

The professors partner together in a work community with their own internal structure, including a Board of Directors, for an indefinite period of time while remaining connected with their departments.

An advisory board supports the AG and advises the Rector’s Office. In scientific matters, he or she also possesses a consulting function and can express recommendations for structural changes.

Current Work Communities at RWTH
Center for Computational Engineering Sciences
Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering