The network

The program finished at the end of 2018 - no further applications are possible!

ACalNet, the Aachen-California Network of Academic Exchange, was one of eleven Thematic Networks supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in its initiative “Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks”. The program was financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). ACalNet was established in 2013, with the network's first funding period running until the end of 2016. DAAD has granted ACalNet a two-year extension, which allow the continuation of the network's activities until the end of 2018.

The network’s main objective was the exchange of students and researchers between the partner universities as well as associated institutions in Aachen and California with the purpose of identifying and implementing joint research projects and collaborations. In the long term, a sustainable network interconnecting the partners in the two continents was envisioned and successfully realised.

RWTH Aachen University and three campuses of the University of California (Berkeley, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles) constitute the core of ACalNet, with associated research institutions (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Forschungszentrum Jülich) and industrial partners (CAT Catalytic Center and Schlumberger-Doll Research) to complement the network and offer research opportunities beyond a university setting.