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Friends of HIDA

The Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy’s mission is to train the next generation of data scientists for the world of tomorrow. We work with partners in academia and industry to help make this mission a reality.

A network to tackle grand challenges with data science training

Our long-term vision for the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy is to become the hub for data science education and training in Germany within a worldwide network united in its pursuit to contribute to solving grand challenges facing society, science and the economy. Together with our Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools and excellent German university partners, we welcome academic and industry partners internationally to join us in this pursuit.    

The following institutions and universities are already partners of HIDA

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded in 1925, around two million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy.

The Data Science Research Center at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (DSRC@BGU), founded in April 2018, brings together one of the largest multidisciplinary groups of data scientists in Israel.

The current list of the Center members includes about 100 faculty members from 20 different departments of all BGU faculties (Engineering, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and the Institute of Desert Studies) as well as from the Soroka Hospital.

The Center's main mission is to focus on encouraging theoretical and practical research in data mining, machine learning, and big data.

Y-DATA is an intensive one-year career advancement program in data science that bridges the gap between short-term online courses and a full-time MSc-level program.
At Y-DATA, it’s our mission to facilitate careers in data science by equipping our graduates with a comprehensive professional skillset and deep knowledge of the latest developments in AI through course work, industry projects, research seminars, and professional mentorship.
Y-DATA is designed by Yandex School of Data Analysis (YSDA) and taught by top-notch experts from the academy and the industry. To date, over 1000 YSDA graduates have brought their profound understanding of theoretical foundations and hands-on experience at YSDA to academia and leading technology companies across the world.
Our program offers an opportunity for students of diverse educational and professional backgrounds, including engineers with coding experience, programmers, MSc or PhD graduates in quantitative sciences and others, to enter the fascinating world of data science and find their place in the tech industry.

The increasing automation of infrastructures is accompanied by profound changes in political, social and cultural contexts. The AI & Society Lab at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) explores how this development can be made more inclusive, more sustainable and in accordance with human rights. Acting as an interface and translator between academia, industry and civil society, the goal of the Lab is to foster innovative research, interdisciplinary exchange and knowledge transfer about Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The HIIG was founded in 2011 to research the development of the internet from a societal perspective and better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life. As the first institute in Germany with a focus on internet and society, HIIG has established an understanding that centres on the deep interconnectedness of digital innovations and societal processes.

The Weizmann Artificial Intelligence Center (WAIC) is founded on Weizmann Institute’s leading work in computer vision, machine learning, neurobiology, data science, and robotics. WAIC forms an integrative and collaborative environment to explore the fundamental science underlies AI. WAIC encourages collaborations both within the Weizmann Institute and with AI researchers around the world, with the goal of advancing our understanding of the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and the potential consequences of its applications for society at large. To facilitate research and collaborations at the core of machine learning and artificial intelligence, WAIC maintains one of the largest GPU-based HPC clusters in Israel.

The Israel Data Science Initiative is the coordinating body for the Data Science Research Centers located in Israel’s research universities. Its executive council consists of the leaders of the research centers, the IDSI director, and observers from the Council of Higher Education (CHE).

The establishment of the Data Science Research Centers in 2019, and of IDSI in 2020, resulted from the recommendations of a CHE task force. The task force identified the scope of Data Science, including both its core components as well as the fields that are related either by methodologies used or by important application domains.

IDSI brings together and coordinates activities of the data science research centers throughout Israel’s universities. It serves as a representative for all matters of data science for both industry and public entities and leverages international collaborations for its members.

The main activities of IDSI are related to Research, Education and Outreach to both government and industrial sectors. For Research IDSI acts as a bridge between the local DS research centers and research organizations around the world which are focused on developing data science methodology and practice. For Education, IDSI will facilitate the development of DS academic courses, with particular emphasis on collaboration among the universities, as well as promoting online courses for wider consumption. For Outreach, the IDSI will work with governmental agencies, such as the Central Bureau of Statistics, in order to expand the access to survey and administrative data, and will work with industry both to provide a resource for DS expertise, as well as to facilitate training programs.

The AI Campus is a not-for-profit space where research, startups and corporates come together and collaborate on Artificial Intelligence projects.

Ways to engage

There are many ways for research institutions, government bodies and industry to work with us.

Exchange programs

Data scientists at our 19 Helmholtz are open to collaboration and hosting researchers from around the world in their groups. We also support short-term stays for Helmholtz data scientists at our partners’ institutes. HIDA help to spark these collaborations. If you’re interested in collaborating with Helmholtz data scientists in Germany and/or would like to host them at your research institution, please get in touch.

Become a Friend of HIDA

Friends of HIDA is our partnership program. Our partners share our commitment of training data scientists to contribute to solving grand challenges facing society, science and the economy, bridging borders and scientific disciplines.

Among others, Friends of HIDA engage in the following activities together:

  • Promote news about each other’s data science training activities with their communities.
  • Foster connections between their data science communities.
  • Grow their friendship and develop new and mutually beneficial formats together.

Are you an academic institution, government body or company that trains data scientists and would you like to become a Friend of HIDA? Please get in touch.

How would you like to work with us? We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Please contact:

Danielle Metzler

  • Adviser Talent & Technology Scout Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA), Strategic Initiatives
  • Helmholtz Association