Work Communities

Helmholtz Institute Copyright: 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.

Work Communities at RWTH Aachen – A Definition

A work community, or "Arbeitsgemeinschaft (AG)" is an interdisciplinary collaboration of multiple faculties established to develop new interdisciplinary research fields with strategic meaning for RWTH Aachen University. Sometimes, in exceptional circumstances, work communities will also pick up on research topics of particular relevance for modern society and work on them for an extended period of time.

Current Work Communities at RWTH

  • Center for Computational Engineering Science (CCES)

    At the CCES researchers from various natural science and engineering disciplines closely work together on the further development of mathematical modelling methods, and the simulation and optimization of technical and scientific systems.
  • Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering

    The Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering work community aims to promote interdisciplinary basic research, application-oriented research and development of new biomedical technologies to contribute to the best possible medical therapy and rehabilitation†options for patients.

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.

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