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About HIDA

HIDA – the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy – is Germany’s largest postgraduate training network in the field of information and data science. We prepare the next generation of scientists for a data-heavy future of research.

Data Science for the Future of Research

HIDA is a hub for the exchange of knowledge and methods in the field of information & data science within the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest research organization. It serves as a roof for six newly founded Helmholtz Information & Data Science Research Schools. They are linked by a network of 13 national research centers and 17 top-tier universities across Germany. Currently, these data science research schools train over 250 fully funded doctoral researchers.

The doctoral researchers deepen their skills in data science methods and learn to combine knowledge from the six Helmholtz research fields - Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Matter and Information - with data science methods. To this end, all doctoral researchers are supervised both in the field of information & data science and in their specific area of expertise.

Our Offers

HIDA offers doctoral researchers and scientists attractive opportunities to obtain training and continuing education in a wide range of methods and to become part of an international data science network.

A growing network: our doctoral researchers in Information & Data Science.
  • With our Course Funding, we financially support the organization and expansion of training courses within the Helmholtz Association in the field of information & data science. In addition, we offer our own data science courses and events as well as access to Germany's largest computer systems and some of the world's largest scientific big data sets for doctoral researchers and postdocs.
  • We promote transfer of expertise in the field of information & data science, fueling method exchange between different research fields. Our goal is to build an interdisciplinary community of data scientists together with our partners.
  • Find out about HIDA at a glance with our HIDA flyer.

Are you interested in learning more about the activities of HIDA and its six Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools? Then take a look at the HIDA Annual Report 2020 and the HIDA Annual Report 2021.

HIDA Steering Board

The work of HIDA is steered and strategically oriented by a high-profile committee of Helmholtz researchers. The Helmholtz Association's General Assembly has appointed the Steering Committee - HIDA Steer - for this purpose.

HIDA Steer

Das Berliner HIDA-Office in der Friedrichstraße 171
The HIDA Office in Berlin (Photo: Helmholtz / Elena Hungerland)

HIDA Office

The HIDA office at Friedrichstraße 171 in Berlin Mitte facilitates exchange about data science and networking for the whole Helmholtz Association. We offer a modern equipped space that can be booked for your data science events.

HIDA Eventspace

"This is about talent and creative minds. We need to train the next generation of data scientists to make this a success: Young people who combine two skills - expertise in computer science and AI and expertise in an application field."

Otmar Wiestler, President of the Helmholtz Association

Our Information & Data Science Schools



The Helmholtz Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science (HEIBRiDS) offers a unique research environment. This enables the exploration of core methods, algorithms and processes of digitization from different perspectives and transports knowledge between different disciplines.



The Data Science in Hamburg - Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter (DASHH) combines the expertise of scientists with a high international reputation in basic research on the structure of matter, computer science and mathematics in a new, unique form. It enables young scientists to experiment at world-leading large-scale research facilities.



The goal of HIDSS4Health is to train and promote the best young talents at the interface of data science and health. Three renowned institutions are part of the Helmholtz Information & Data Science School for Health (HIDSS4Health): the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) and the University of Heidelberg.



The goal of MUDS is to train through a structured PhD program the next generation of data scientists at the intersection of data science and four different application areas: Biomedicine, Plasma Physics, Earth Observation, and Robotics.



MarDATA aims to define a new type of "marine data scientists" and to train them in a structured PhD program. Scientists from computer science, informatics and mathematics are working together on marine topics.



The Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth and Energy (HDS-LEE) is part of the newly established JARA Center for Simulation and Data Sciences. It provides an interdisciplinary environment for training the next generation of data scientists in a close conjunction with subject-specific knowledge and research.


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