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Helmholtz Institutes

Helmholtz Institutes are important outposts of our Research Centers: We establish them together with universities, with whom we cooperate closely in the long term. Many of them develop into focal centers of their discipline.

The institutes are located on the campus of the respective university and concentrate on specific Research Fields. They work closely with other local or international research organizations.

The institutes receive annual funding of up to five million euros. We decide on the appointment of the leading scientists together with the partner universities.

Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg

The Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energies (HI ERN) researches and develops innovative materials for the use of green electricity. For this purpose, the institute combines the expertise of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.

Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg

Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg

The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) develops concepts and technologies for the sustainable use of minerals and metals. For this purpose, the Helmholtz Zemtrum Dresden-Rossendorf cooperates with the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

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Helmholtz Institute Greifswald

The Helmholtz Institute for One Health (HIOH) in Greifswald researches factors that influence the spread of diseases at the interface between humans, animals and the environment. The focus is on pathogens that pass from farm, domestic and wild animals to humans. To this end, experts from environmental science cooperate with veterinarians and human physicians. The HIOH combines the competences of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the University of Greifswald.

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Helmholtz-Institut for Polymers in Energy Applications HIPOLE Jena

The Helmholtz Institute for Polymers in Energy Applications HIPOLE Jena exploits the special properties of polymers. Researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and Friedrich Schiller University are developing sustainable materials for scalable applications that can be used to store and convert energy. These materials will then be transferred into prototypes, for example for batteries, photovoltaic modules or chemical applications.

Helmholtz-Institut for Polymers in Energy Applications HIPOLE Jena

Helmholtz Institute Jena

The Helmholtz Institute Jena (HI Jena) researches and develops innovative high-power lasers and accelerator concepts. For this purpose, the three Helmholtz centers DESY, GSI and HZDR cooperate with the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. FLASH and PHELIX provide the researchers with unique light sources.

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Helmholtz Institute Mainz

The Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM) researches the natural forces of elementary particles and accompanies the construction and operation of the world-renowned accelerator facility FAIR. For this purpose, the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt works closely together with the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

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Helmholtz Institute for Metabolism, Obesity and Vascular Research Leipzig

The Helmholtz Institute for Metabolism, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG) in Leipzig conducts research into morbid obesity and its secondary diseases. The aim is to improve the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of this widespread disease. Helmholtz Zentrum München is working on this together with the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig and Leipzig University Hospital.

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Helmholtz Institute Münster

The Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS) is researching new electrolytes for accumulators and batteries, as these are a central element of the energy transition. Forschungszentrum Jülich is tackling this task together with Westphalia Wilhelms University Münster (WWU Münster) and RWTH Aachen University.

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Helmholtz Institute Oldenburg

The Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) in Oldenburg studies marine biodiversity and analyzes how it is changing due to climate change and other human influences. For this purpose, the Alfred Wegener Institute cooperates with the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg.

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Helmholtz Institute Saarbrücken

The Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) develops new active substances against infectious diseases. To this end, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) works closely with Saarland University in Saarbrücken.

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Helmholtz-Institut for translational AngioCardioScience (HI-TAC)

At the Helmholtz Institute for Translational AngioCardioScience (HI-TAC), scientists from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and the University of Heidelberg are jointly investigating how they can exploit the communication of the cardiovascular system with the nervous and immune systems as well as the metabolism. They want to build a kind of early warning system that indicates whether health is in danger and should be counteracted - long before symptoms arise - with targeted therapies.

Helmholtz Institute for Translational AngioCardioScience

Helmholtz Institute for Translational Oncology Mainz

The Helmholtz Institute for Translational Oncology (HI-TRON) in Mainz researches individualized immunotherapies against cancer. These treatment methods often achieve astonishing success, but many mechanisms of action are not yet understood. In order to advance personalized medicine, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) is cooperating with the Mainz University Medical Center (UMM), Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Research Institute for Translational Oncology at the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (TRON gGmbH).

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Helmholtz Institute Ulm

The Helmholtz Institute Ulm develops future-proof batteries and accumulators, for example for electric cars. In the HIU, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) joins forces with the University of Ulm, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

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Helmholtz Institute Würzburg

The Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg researches ribonucleic acids (RNA) and analyzes their role in infectious diseases. The aim is to develop new tests, therapies and active substances. To this end, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg (JMU) are working closely together.

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Helmholtz Institute for Climate Service Science (HICSS)

Scientists from GERICS and the Universität Hamburg cooperate in the "Helmholtz Institute for Climate Service Science" (HICSS). GERICS is an institute of Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. HICSS promotes scientific exchange between both partners and pools common competencies in natural, social and economic sciences in the field of Climate Service Science.

Helmholtz Institute for Climate Service Science (HICSS)


Dr. Sören Wiesenfeldt

Head of Department Research
Helmholtz Association

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