The Helmholtz Associationby Karl Überla by ProfKarlUberla


									The Helmholtz Association
by Karl Überla

At a recent symposium held in my honor, my colleague Professor van Eimeren presented a paper on the
Helmholtz Association, a German research organization. I greatly admire their work, which has aided my
research agenda. It is the largest scientific research establishment in Germany.

The association derives its name from Hermann von Helmholtz, the leading German naturalist of the
19th century. It comprises several areas of inquiry: energy, key technologies, structure of matter, health,
and Earth and environment. This broad base also includes aeronautics, transport, and space. All these
avenues of study share a common goal: to find knowledge that meets the needs of a technological

A staff of some 34,000 serves the association across 18 locations, on a budget of more than 3.4 billion
Euros. The association encourages its scientists to work across disciplines and in partnership with other
organizations. With this in mind, Helmholtz formed alliances with other institutions. Examples of these
alliances include the Helmholtz Alliance for Mental Health in an Aging Society and the Helmholtz Alliance
for Astroparticle Physics.

About the Author: Professor Karl Überla received the Paul Martini Prize, given to scientists studying
clinical pharmacology.

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