At the Fortschrittskolleg ACCESS!, which is under the direction of Professor Grit Walther at the RWTH Chair of Operations Management, eleven chairs of the RWTH University will carry out research for the following four and a half years within an interdisciplinary cooperation concerning the question: „How will the mobility of the future look like?“. The scientists are taking into consideration both future technical and infrastructural possibilities as well as social demands and global environmental objectives. Two practical projects will take both the challenges in cities – MetropoleRuhr – and those in rural areas – Kreis Heinsberg – into account.
„The graduate schools link the engineering and natural sciences with the humanities and social sciences in an innovative way. Doctoral candidates collaborate early on with researchers in various disciplines and individuals active in civil society,“ said Minister of Science Svenja Schulze, explaining the aims of the funding program. Her decision was aligned with the nominations of the expert jury, led by Professor Armin Grunwald, head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag. Aside from four other projects at German universities and universities of applied science, the RWTH graduate schools ACCESS! and VERBUND.NRW will each receive 2.72 million Euro.