We perform excellent basic research. Wherever possible, we transfer our knowledge into practice.
We perform excellent basic research. Wherever possible, we transfer our knowledge into practice. In technology transfer, we apply for patents for innovative ideas or drive novel applications to market maturity. Our research centers establish corresponding companies or enter into successful cooperations with regional, national or international partners.
In knowledge transfer, we ensure a broad flow of information: We advise companies and associations, political bodies and scientific institutions. Intensive exchange with society is also important to us. We inform citizens about our experiments, expeditions and findings, operate information centers and invite interested parties to visit our test facilities or to conduct research with us.
In terms of content, each of our 18 Research Centers sets its own priorities in transfer - in line with its specialist focus. More information in our transfer strategy.
Basic research with a feel for practical application
Our transfer strategy follows the tradition of our namesake, Hermann von Helmholtz. As a polymath, he devoted himself intensively to research and made significant discoveries in many fields - from physics to medicine to chemistry. But at the same time, Helmholtz showed an incomparable flair for practical application: for example, he developed the ophthalmoscope, which - modernized with minor adjustments - is still used in medicine worldwide.
We consistently continue this way of working: we get to the bottom of the central questions of our time - and do not lose sight of practical applications.