Funding for Two RWTH Graduate Schools


Funding Recipients Announced for the Second Round of Calls in the Funding Program of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

"Graduate schools should link the engineering and natural sciences with the humanities and social sciences in an innovative way, thus ensuring that doctoral students learn at an early stage to collaborate with researchers from different disciplines and with individuals from civil society", was how Svenja Schulze - Minister of Innovation, Science and Research in Germany - formulated the objectives of the funding program. She was assisted in her decision about who the successful recipients were to be by a panel of experts led by Professor Armin Grunwald, who heads TAB - the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag. Along with four other projects of German universities and universities of applied science, the RWTH graduate schools ACCESS! and VERBUND.NRW will each receive 2.72 million Euros in the course of the next four and a half years.


The ACCESS! graduate school, which is under the direction of Professor Grit Walther, head of the Chair of Operations Management at the School of Business and Economics, is currently addressing the question of "What mobility will we be able to afford in the future?" The scientists consider future technological and infrastructural possibilities as well as social demands and global environmental goals.Two practical projects will address the challenges of large cities (the Ruhr Metropolis) and those of rural areas (the Heinsberg district). Professor Peter Letmathe of the School of Business and Economics is also actively involved with ACCESS!

This particular graduate school is under the direction of Professor Peter Quicker, head of the Unit of Technology of Fuels (TEER) at RWTH Aachen University. Researchers focus on analyzing and further developing the supply chain for composite materials and constructions in the building sector. A particular focal point is that of the increasing of resource efficiency and raw materials recovery. Five RWTH schools and faculties are involved with this graduate school together with three professors from Münster University of Applied Sciences. Professors from the School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen University are Professor Peter Letmathe, Professor Oliver Lorz, and Professor Grit Walther.