Forschungszentrum Jülich

One of the largest research institutions in Europe uses Plone 6 to power hundreds of websites.

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Institutes and Departments

About The Client

With more than 7000 scientists and employees, the Forschungszentrum Jülich" (FZJ), is one of the largest research institutions in Europe.

After 18 months of development, the main portal was relaunched with Plone in April 2022, together with 11 institute websites, more than 80 institute department websites, and hundreds of other FZJ websites.

All FZJ websites use the modern Plone 6 stack that consists of a Plone backend, Plone REST API and the new ReactJS-based Volto frontend.

Project Facts

  • Plone 5.2 + Volto 14 (Plone 6 Frontend)

  • Project Duration: 18 Months (November 2020 – April 2022) 

  • Launch: Begin of 2022

Hundreds of Websites

Plone runs the main portal under and hundreds of institutes, institute departments, organizational and project subsites, and individual websites. Editors can create subsites with a simple mouseclick, just like any other content type in Plone. New Plone sites can be created by filling out a simple form and a mouse click. Subsites can be individualized with a custom logo, custom colors and custom fonts by changing those settings in a control panel. Examples of separate subsites are and

All subsites can use content from each other. News items can be aggregated from instittute and subsites from the main portal. Subsites can show news items and other content from the portal if needed.

Plone Plays Well with Others

The site comes with multiple integrations. Editors can login with their central user credentials from the AD/LDAP. Member profile information is automatically synced from AD/LDAP. Job offers for the carrer website are automatically synced with the HR system of the FZJ.

Powerful Enterprise Search

A powerful search not only offers all the enterprise features that you'd expect from a search (fuzzy search, search facets, etc.) is also allows the users to search across all FZJ subsites as well as restrict the search to individual subsites.

Open Source Add-Ons

The following add-ons have been developed, improved and open sourced as part of the project:

You can see all those blocks in action on


kitconcept GmbH is a Plone agency from Bonn and Barcelona. kitconcept has been a driving force behind the development of Volto, the new frontend for Plone 6.

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