The Helmholtz Information and Data Science Academy (HIDA) offers extensive training in Information and Data Science to doctoral researchers and postdocs.
HIDA offers ideal conditions for data scientists from all research areas. As a central forum and innovation hub, HIDA facilitates the interdisciplinary exchange of Data Science expertise between all of the Helmholtz Centers and research fields.
HIDA connects the six regional Helmholtz Information and Data Science Schools (HIDSS) and ensures exchange between them. This allows HIDA to offer customized cross-regional basic and continuing training to doctoral researchers and postdocs from all research fields. The Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools promote doctoral researchers at the interface between domain research and Information & Data Science in cooperation with top-level universities and research institutions in the Helmholtz Centers’ regions. New Information and Data Science methods and technologies are exchanged, adapted, and refined.
HIDA was developed by the Helmholtz Incubator Information and Data Science, which was founded in 2016. The Incubator is a body of 38 expert scientists from each of the Helmholtz Centers and industry experts. The Incubator created the Information and Data Science Framework – a number of platforms (including HIDSS and HIDA among others) that set Helmholtz up for the data-heavy future of science. The Information and Data Science Framework is the sum of all platforms (including HIDSS and HIDA among others).
Today, science and research generate enormous amounts of data, opening entirely new perspectives for acquiring information and gaining insights. Processing and analyzing these complex and expanding amounts of data is one of the biggest challenges facing the entire scientific system. Helmholtz is in a fantastic position to master this challenge with its expertise in big data analytics, supercomputing, the entire data life cycle, software development, artificial intelligence, and robotics. What’s more, interdisciplinary collaborations between each of these fields offer great opportunities to analyze complex systems.
The Incubator consists of scientists from all of the Helmholtz Centers, supported by industry R&D experts. The Incubator has the goal to stimulate regular interaction between creative minds throughout the Association, inspiring innovative, interdisciplinary networks and approaches, and identifying trends and disruptive pilot projects. The Incubator also plans and supports long-term efforts and value-adding activities and platforms, and puts into practice the Helmholtz digitalization strategy.
The Incubator has initiated an Association-wide digitalization process. Helmholtz’ top management therefore decided to establish platforms in five fields that are of special strategic importance to the entire Association. Together, these platforms constitute the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Framework, with funding of 41 million euros annually.
In addition to HIDA, the Incubator has initiated four other platforms:
The Berlin HIDA office is part of the Helmholtz Head Office in Berlin-Mitte and is in the process of establishing a space for an education and training program and conferences on Information and Data Science. The HIDA office supports all questions regarding basic and continuing Information & Data Science training.
Urban, open, and accessible – the Berlin HIDA office facilitates exchange and networking regarding Information & Data Science throughout Helmholtz.