The Latin words "veritas, justitia, and libertas", stand for the values that have defined the academic ethos of Freie Universität ever since it was first founded in December 1948. A broad-based university with 15 departments and central institutes offering over 150 degree programs across a wide range of subjects, Freie Universität Berlin is one of the leading research universities in Germany.
In 1810, Wilhelm von Humboldt's vision of a new type of university became reality in Berlin. It was the first to introduce the unity of research and teaching, to allow research without restrictions and to provide a comprehensive education for its students. During its history, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has undergone many changes. The most recent reformation followed the peaceful revolution in East Germany in 1989. It is now one of the Germany's leading research universities.
With about 100 degree programs and 40 institutes, Technische Universität Berlin is one of Germany’s largest and most internationally renowned universities of technology. At Technische Universität Berlin, you can find a unique combination of natural and technical sciences as well as planning, economic and social sciences.
Founded in 1710, Charité is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. Internationally renowned for its excellence in teaching and training, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin represents a single medical faculty, which serves both Humboldt Universtität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. Charité extends over four campuses, and has close to 100 different departments and institutes.
AWI contributes to the research field Earth and Environment. The AWI unit in Potsdam mainly deals with polar atmospheric processes, permafrost dynamics, and modern and past changes in Arctic terrestrial ecology. All these studies yield big sets of observational, analytical and remote-sensing data, which need to be handled with innovative tools of data mining, provided in the synergetic HEIBRiDS project.
DESY is active in the Helmholtz research area ‘Matter’ in all programs, ‘Matter and Universe’ (MU), ‘From Matter to Materials and Life’ (MML), and ‘Matter and Technology’ (MT). The DESY site in Zeuthen in particular is active in particle physics (MU) and accelerator science (MT) and has evolved into a leading center for astroparticlephysics (MU), with major activities in gamma-ray astronomy (H.E.S.S., MAGIC, VERITAS, Fermi and CTA) and neutrino astronomy (IceCube). It has a sizable computing center and well-trained staff to design, build and operate advanced equipment and computing systems, covering all aspects of modern information technologies.
DLR in Berlin is active in the fields of space research, planetary research, Earth observation and transport. Data science is relevant for all of these fields: optical sensors on spacecrafts produce enormous amounts of data at an extremely high rate. The same holds for sensors used for various mobility applications. The data produced by these sensors need to be analyzed and relevant information needs to be extracted. HEIBRiDS will contribute to the solution of these challenges by training young researchers.
GFZ is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. Research at the GFZ focuses on the geosphere within the highly complex System Earth with its further subsystems, its interacting subcycles, and its wide network of cause-and-effect chains. This GFZ scientists work in a close interdisciplinary collaboration with the related scientific disciplines physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology as well as with the rock mechanics, engineering hydrology and seismology disciplines. The mission is to assess and understand relevant physical, chemical, and biological processes within the geosphere and to predict future developments. Research at the GFZ integrates methods of Earth observation with laboratory- and field-experiments, as well as with modelling approaches.
HZB contributes to the energy materials research and operates the international user facility BESSY. Data science plays an increasing role in HZB´s research portfolio, new and adaptive digital methods as well as algorithms in the fields of spectroscopy, tomography and simulations are much needed. HZB is partner in two Helmholtz Future Research Themes: 1) Energy System Integration and 2) Perovskite Based Solar Energy Conversion. In the first, digitalization is a necessary prerequisite to design a future energy supply system based on fluctuating renewable energy sources. Multiscale insight is required to evaluate and predict the potential of new technologies in a systems perspective. Combinatorial and computational materials design are routes to contribute to the second Future Research Theme, which will strongly benefit from HEIBRiDS.
MDC aims to understand basic biological processes that are relevant for diseases and contributes research to the areas of cardiovascular & metabolic disease, cancer research, diseases of the nervous system, and medical systems biology. It is committed to translating scientific knowledge into improvements in clinical practice, and has expanded its translational research activities within the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), a joint venture with the Charité. By integrating high-throughput technologies, mathematics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry and engineering to derive predictive, quantitative models for biological systems, the MDC will advance emerging concepts of personalized medicine.