In 2018 the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) and the Helmholtz Association established HEIBRiDS, the Helmholtz Einstein International Research School in Data Science. As an interdisciplinary program, HEIBRiDS trains young scientists in Data Science applications within a broad range of natural science domains, spanning from Earth & Environment, Astronomy, Space & Planetary Research to Geosciences, Materials & Energy and Molecular Medicine. The mission of HEIBRiDS is to educate new generations of researchers, who, as skilled data scientists, understand the demands and the challenges of the disciplines in which data science has become indispensable. 

HEIBRiDS brings together six Helmholtz Centers and four university partners from ECDF, with 25 fully-funded PhD projects at the intersection of Data Management, Machine/Deep Learning, Imaging, Mathematical Modelling and High-throughput Data Analytics.The training program applies the cotutelle training principle that involves one supervisor from a Helmholtz partner and one from an ECDF partner. Annual meetings with the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) and a combination of a core research program and individual training sessions are the foundation of the HEIBRiDS training program. As part of the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA), attractive data science events, symposia and courses are made available to HEIBRiDS doctoral researchers, and research stays within Germany or abroad are facilitated. 

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), Technische Universität Berlin (TU) as well as Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

HEIBRiDS is one of the six Helmholtz Information and Data Science Schools (HIDSS) under the roof of the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA).