The institutes of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers conduct research in the fields of natural-science and technology as well as biology and medicine. The goal of the research community is to answer major and pressing questions from society, science, and industry.
The Helmholtz Association has 18 research centers throughout Germany, two of which are in Berlin. In addition, three branch offices of the Helmholtz Association are located in Berlin, including a location of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy
(Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie - HZB)
- Researching complex materials that can provide solutions to the challenges of the energy transition, solar cells, solar fuels, thermoelectronics, and spintronics, among others
- The research approach still relies on thin-layer technologies
- Over 1,000 employees cooperate with more than 400 partner institutions from science and industry
- 10 Joint Labs with universities in the surrounding area
- The HZB makes large equipment and infrastructure of the institute – above all the photon source BESSY II and the research reactor BER II – available to researchers from all over the world
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
- Basic research integrated with clinical research in the field of molecular biology;
- Molecular Medicine: Attempt to understand complex disease patterns such as cancer or high blood pressure in their origin
- Goal of the MDC: Concrete research results in the fight against diseases
- Four multidisciplinary research areas: Cardiovascular diseases, cancer, nervous system disorders, and medical systems biology
- Around 1,600 employees and visiting scientists and over 300 doctoral students
Field offices of the Helmholtz Association in Berlin
German Aerospace Center
(Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. - DLR)
- Location: Berlin-Adlershof;
- Institute for Space Sensorics (Institut für Weltraumsensorik);
- Institute for Planetary Research (Institut für Planetenerkundung);
- These institutions make Berlin a center of DLR's space activities.
- The Department of Turbulence Research at the Technical University's Hermann-Föttinger-Institute for Fluid Mechanics (Hermann-Föttinger-Institut für Strömungsmechanik);
- Two divisions serve as the project management agency for information technology for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
(Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen - DZNE)
German Cancer Research Center
(Deutsches Konsortium für Translationale Krebsforschung - DKTK)