Find out more about the HZI, our scientists and research at the Centre with our diverse multimedia offerings.


InFact - The HZI Podcast. Science that is contagious.

How do bacteria and viruses cause diseases? How does our immune system defend itself against them? And what must active substances be able to do to fight dangerous infections? The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research - HZI for short - is looking for answers to these questions. How this research works, how the results are used in medicine and who the people are who do the research here. You can listen to it here: At InFact - the podcast of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.

  • Episode 1: Our teachers: What is there to learn from microbes and bacteria with Josef Penninger (Scientific Director of the HZI and Head of the Department Innovative Organoid Research)
  • Episode 2: New antibiotics - the fight against resistance with Mark Brönstrup (Head of the Department Chemical Biology)
  • Episode 3: Pandemic Resilience – The next pandemic is coming with Berit Lange (Acting Head of the Department Epidemiology)
  • Episode 4: Anti-infective natural substances with Christine Beemelmanns (Head of the Department Anti-infectives from Microbiota at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS))

The podcast is available in German and English. You can find all episodes at Podigee and on all common podcast platforms.

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360° Tour

Virtual tour of the HZI

Around 1,000 people work here to gain new insights into bacteria, viruses and the human immune system. In doing so, they create the basis for new diagnostic procedures, new active substances and new therapies against infectious diseases. But what does it look like behind the scenes of a research centre? How does a microscope work that magnifies proteins up to 500,000 times? Why are chicken eggs needed to develop new flu vaccines? Answers to these and many other questions can be found in our virtual tour! Explore the HZI laboratories with your mobile phone, tablet or PC.

In the virtual tour you can move through different laboratories of the HZI. You will find many interesting, interactive information points and also meet some of our researchers. The virtual tour allows you to explore parts of the HZI that are not open to guided tours, such as the Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory and Animal Facility. Subtitles can be activated for the embedded videos.

You can click through the following topics:

  • Vaccine research in the department "Vaccinology and Applied Microbiology"
  • Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory (S3 laboratory)
  • New active substances in the department "Microbial Drugs"
  • Smallest structures in the department "Structure and Function of Proteins"
  • Animal husbandry in the Animal Facility

Take a look around the fascinating world of science!

HZI Magazine


For many years, InFact has been the magazine of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and since 2017 it has been publicly available on the HZI homepage for everyone who is interested. In reports, interviews and portraits, we provide information about research projects, the research strategy and also about the people at the various HZI locations. Have fun reading the InFact!