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The Helmholtz Leadership Academy

Top-level research needs leadership: The Helmholtz Academy supports you in realizing your full leadership potential.

The programs of the Helmholtz Leadership Academy are aimed at prospective and experienced executives from science, administration and infrastructure. In the camps and online modules, participants learn about and apply methods and tools relevant to their daily work. The programs are tailored to tthe leadership experience and leadership context of the participants and are open to both Helmholtz executives and employees of other scientific organizations.

What sets the Helmholtz Academy programs apart:

Science-specific leadership training: Central leadership tools are given maximum practical effect by working on authentic cases from science and enable participants to develop concrete solutions for their individual leadership challenges.

Inspiring learning journey: Varied teaching and learning formats offer the opportunity to reflect on one's own role as a leader. The support of a trainer duo guarantees an optimal learning outcome.

Platform for networking: The Academy's programs, fireside evenings and alumni events offer unique opportunities for cross-center networking beyond the boundaries of science, administration and infrastructure.

The Helmholtz Academy is advised on its strategic direction by the "Management & Leadership" focus group

The Helmholtz Association conducts the programs together with a consortium of HRpepper and Heitger Consulting.


The five programs of the Helmholtz Leadership Academy are tailored to the leadership experience and challenges of the participants.

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The venue

The programs of the Helmholtz Leadership Academy take place at the hotel Schloss und Gut Liebenberg.

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The Academy network

The Helmholtz Leadership Academy offers its alumni a wide range of networking opportunities.

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Our understanding of leadership

The Helmholtz Academy's Leadership Compass provides guidance on leadership topics.

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Esther Strätz

Manager Helmholtz Leadership Academy
Helmholtz Association

Mandy Ritsche

Helmholtz Leadership Academy
Helmholtz Association

Irena Wiederspohn

Manager Top Executive Development
Helmholtz Association

Anna Born

Manager Talent Programs, Executive Development and Diversity
Helmholtz Association

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