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The Helmholtz Association regularly takes a stand on current discussions in science and science policy. On this page you will find an overview of statements, viewpoints and positions of the Helmholtz Association.

Statements of the Alliance of Science Organizations

The Alliance of Science Organizations is an association of the most important science organizations in Germany. It regularly takes a position on important issues of science policy.

Statements of the Alliance of Science Organizations

Statements of the Helmholtz Association

Securing investments in education and research - In a joint statement, the presidents of the four non-university research organizations appeal to the Grand Coalition not to deviate from the goals agreed in the coalition agreement (March 2019)

"Dubious offers that harm science as a whole". – Viewpoint of Otmar D. Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association, on so-called Predatory Journals / Predatory Publishers (July 19, 2018).

"One election - many opportunities" - Research and development must remain at the top of the agenda in the new legislative period. Comment by Otmar D. Wiestler (November 2017)

Further strengthening science and research as the foundation of our future - Joint statement by science organizations and business associations (October 2017)

"Trump's stance could have implications for research" - Otmar D. Wiestler in an interview with NDR Info (February 2017)

"Just don't let up" - Research spending in Germany has reached a new record level. We must not rest on our laurels. A commentary by Otmar D. Wiestler (January 2017)

"Research cannot do without experiments with animals at present" - Otmar D. Wiestler on the launch of the new information initiative on animal experiments (September 2016)

Statement on the GWK meeting of April 22, 2016: "Cutting-edge research will be more firmly anchored in the future". (April 2016)

"We need truly world-class sites" - Otmar D. Wiestler on the proposals of the Imboden Commission (January 2016)

Position papers and statements

“The Fusion Energy Options” - Discussion paper on potential Helmholtz contributions to fusion research – The President of the Helmholtz Association has commissioned a Task Force to analyze the status quo of both magnet- and laser-based fusion research and to identify the contributions already underway as well as potential additional contributions from the Association. The task force has submitted a discussion paper for the fall meeting of the Helmholtz General Assembly and presented its findings.

“Making Digital Research Data Openly Accessible” – Position Paper on the Handling of Research Data – The Helmholtz Association presents a position paper on the handling of research data. It also promotes the development of an internationally networked research data infrastructure with the Helmholtz Data Federation (HDF) and joins the international Research Data Alliance (RDA) initiative.

Open Science – Berlin Declaration on Access to Scientific Knowledge – The Helmholtz Association calls for open access to scientific publications, research data and software and was one of the first signatories of the “Berlin Declaration on Access to Scientific Knowledge” in 2003. Since 2005, the Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office has been supporting scientists at the Helmholtz Centers in implementing Open Science.  Open Science


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