Training and education opportunities in Information & Data Science

Artificial intelligence, software development, IT security – Information and Data Science is one of the keys to modern cutting-edge research. The demand for information and data scientists is great in all scientific disciplines. The new methods and tools, however, have not yet been entirely integrated into the curricula of universities and other institutes of higher education. Helmholtz intends to correct this situation with a basic and continuing training initiative.

The initiative arose from the Helmholtz Incubator and is supported by the entire Association, its Centers, and its strong partner universities. The Helmholtz Information and Data Science Schools offer attractive programs for doctoral students and postdocs. The Helmholtz Information and Data Science Academy (HIDA) serves as an Association-wide connecting element. The course offerings bring expert scientists up to speed on the use of the latest information and data technologies.

Find out how Helmholtz further expands its expertise in the field of Information and Data Science.

Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools

In creating a new post-graduate training network, the Helmholtz Incubator initiated the following activities: Regional Helmholtz Information and Data Science Schools have been founded to promote young scientists in all research areas. At these graduate schools, highly talented graduates can do research at the interface between information technologies and one other scientific area, acquiring and deepening unique insights.

In January 2018, the Helmholtz Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science (HEIBRIDS) was funded as a pilot school. Other Helmholtz Information and Data Science Schools chosen in a highly competitive application and selection process, have been implementing their attractive programs in close cooperation with partner universities since September 2018.

Are you interested in current School activities and calls for applications? More information about basic and continuing training measures offered by the individual School can be found on the websites.

Please note the current open calls of the research schools and apply now!



The Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) together with the Helmholtz Association have established a joint graduate program in Data Science, which allows the three Berlin universities, Charité and six Helmholtz centers in the greater Berlin area to cooperate in different scientific areas.

Established in 2018, the Helmholtz Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science– or HEIBRiDS for short – is an interdisciplinary program that trains young scientists in Data Science and in other scientific disciplines at the same time! It is our goal to educate a generation of researchers, who are exceptional data scientists and who understand the demands and the challenges of disciplines in which data science is a necessity. 

HEIBRiDS brings together six Helmholtz Centers and four partners from ECDF, all working at the intersection of databases and data mining, machine learning, network science, statistics and statistical physics, information retrieval, applied mathematics, and analyses of complex networks. In particular, collaborative data science projects between a researcher at a Helmholtz Center and a university partner associated with the ECDF have and will be further developed in a variety of domains. These projects open numerous possibilities for interdisciplinary exchange. 

The training program applies the cotutelle training principle involving one supervisor from a Helmholtz partner and one from an ECDF partner. Annual meetings with the thesis advisory committee and a combination of a core research program and individual training sessions are the foundation of the training program. Doctoral students will develop advanced programming skills and experience with data management systems complementing the application knowledge in their specific field. 

Collaborating Helmholtz Centers include the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ),  the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB), and the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC).   ECDF partners in the program are Freie Universität Berlin (FU)Humboldt-Universität Berlin (HU), and Technische Universität Berlin (TU) as well as Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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