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Our Research Centres

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. Almost 36,000 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.

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre 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.


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Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY

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.


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German Cancer Research Centre

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.


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German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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.


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German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) examines the causes of diseases of the nervous system and develops respective measures for prevention, therapy and care.


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Forschungszentrum Jülich

Forschungszentrum Jülich works on key technologies for the grand challenges facing society in the fields of information and the brain as well as energy and environment.


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GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research

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.


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GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

The centres’ mandate is the interdisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology to marine meteorology.


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Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) 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.


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Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)

How does matter behave in strong fields and at small-scale dimensions? How can malignant tumours be identified at an early stage and treated effectively? How can resources and energy be utilised in an efficient and safe manner? The researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf are seeking to answer these questions.


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Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig researches infectious disease as well as their prevention and treatment.


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Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

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.


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Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research

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.


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Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health

The Helmholtz Zentrum München in Neuherberg studies the complex systems of life at the interface between environmental impact and genetic predisposition.


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Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam combines all solid earth science fields including geodesy, geology, geophysics, mineralogy and geochemistry, in a multidisciplinary research centre.


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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The research and development activities of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are embedded in the superordinate program structure of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers and concentrate on 13 programs in four research fields.


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Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association combines microbiological basic research with clinical research in order to develop new diagnosis and treatment methods for serious diseases.


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Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching concentrates on nuclear fusion research. Its goal is to emulate on Earth the way the Sun generates energy.


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