Over the course of 40 years, what used to be the working committee of a loosely-affiliated community of research centres has become the Helmholtz Association. Formed in 1958 as a "working committee for administrative and operational affairs in German reactor control stations", the initial focus was on the exchange of experience related to operational and safety issues, but soon the focus was expanded to include topics that still concern the large research centres today. These involve questions of strategic orientation, training, remuneration and patent management, all of which are of great importance for the advancement of excellent research and its practical and commercial application. Today, seventeen national research centres contribute to solving the major challenges facing society, science and industry today with strategically focused and programme-oriented cutting-edge research in the six core fields of Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter, Aeronautics, Space and Transport.
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