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 society. 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.