The Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific research organisation. Around 40,000 staff work in its 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres. The Association's annual budget amounts to more than € 4,7 billion.
Scientists in 18 Helmholtz Centres work on a wide range of topics, such as A for astrophysics, B for biology, C for cell research, and so on. 30,000 staff use the most modern scientific infrastructure, including, in particular, large-scale facilities and instrumentation, which are also open to use by members of the international scientific community. Working on behalf of the state, Helmholtz scientists pursue an ambitious goal: To make an essential contribution to solving the grand challenges which society faces.
Scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are researching the poles, seas and climate. They aim to unravel the changes taking place in the global environment and System Earth which are partly natural and partly caused by human action.
DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. DESY develops, builds and operates large accelerator facilities, which are used to investigate the structure of matter. The combination of photon science and particle physics at DESY is unique in Europe.
The German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg is working to identify and understand the causes of cancer diseases and to improve treatments and therapies.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) headquartered in Cologne is Germany's national centre for research and technology development in aeronautics and aerospace. In addition DLR holds a leading position in the selected research fields of energy and transportation.
Since 30th April 2009 new official member of the Helmholtz Association the Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases) develops new preventative measures and therapy procedures for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson`s disease and dementias.
Health, Energy & Environment, Information and Key Competency: Four core areas make up the profile of the Research Centre in Jülich.
The GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt uses a modern accelerator facility to do basic research in physics and also carries out biophysical and radiation medicine research.
The centres’ mandate is the interdisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology to marine meteorology.
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB, former HMI) researches new materials and complex engineering materials. Its work focuses on the connection between the technical properties and microscopic structure of a material. Solar energy research represents the institute's second core research area, especially the development of new solar cell materials.
How does matter behave in strong fields and at miniscule dimensions? How can malignant tumours be identified in the early stages and treated effectively? How can people and the environment be protected from risks posed by technology? These are the questions researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf are working to answer.
The UFZ aims to research the interactions between humans and environment in impacted and damaged landscapes. Concepts and processes developed by the UFZ aim to help secure the natural foundations of life for following generations.
How will we get our energy in the future? How can we master the threat of climate change? And how can medicine help us respond to demographic change? Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research are developing concepts that will provide answers to these questions.
The Helmholtz Zentrum München in Neuherberg studies the complex systems of life at the interface between environmental impact and genetic predisposition.
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam combines all solid earth science fields including geodesy, geology, geophysics, mineralogy and geochemistry, in a multidisciplinary research centre.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was created on 1 October 2009 when the Helmholtz Association’s Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe merged with the Universität Karlsruhe. KIT is one of the world’s largest institutions for teaching and research and has the potential to become an international leader in certain fields. The institute is active in the following areas: energy, climate and environment, nano and microtechnology, elementary particle physics and astroparticle physics, communication and computation, people and technology, mobility systems, new and applied materials, and optics and photonics.
The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch combines microbiological basic research with clinical research in order to develop new diagnosis and treatment methods for serious diseases.