Connecting British, Israeli and German data science:

Exchange Program with Israel & UK

Israel, the UK and the Helmholtz Association offer exciting research in the field of Big Data and AI. Get to know the vibrant research environment of Israeli and British universities and scientific institutions or host talented data scientists at your Helmholtz Center.

We are happy to announce that the exchange program with Israel and the Helmholtz Association is entering its fourth round this year and has been expanded into a trilateral program.

UK joining in as a new partner

We are delighted to have the UK as our third partner this year. This will give talented early career data scientists from the UK the opportunity to come to a Helmholtz Association Center, as well as give a Helmholtz doctoral researcher or postdoc the chance to work on an exciting project with a senior data scientist from the UK. As the inclusion of the UK is still a pilot project, only limited places are available.

The projects are mainly offered by the University of Manchester and Birkbeck, University of London.

This year's application period is closed. Information about the next round will be announced on this page.

Learn about the projects of 2023 here and get an idea of the research questions our Israeli and British colleagues are working on! 

Israel Data Science Initiative

Israel Data Science Initiative

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.




Renowned partner institutions

We are pleased to collaborate with the Israel Data Science Initiative (IDSI) on this exchange. IDSI coordinates data science activities at the country’s research universities.

  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Bar Ilan University
  • University of Haifa
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


British Council & SIN

British Council & SIN

British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide and have been working in Germany since 1959.


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The UK's Science and Innovation Network (SIN) promotes international collaboration on science and innovation.

The Science and Innovation Network (SIN) has approximately 120 officers covering around 60 countries and territories around the world building partnerships and collaborations on science and innovation.

SIN officers work with the local science and innovation community in support of UK policy overseas, leading to mutual benefits to the UK and the host country.


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For the first time, the British Council and the UK Science & Innovation Network are participating as partners as well. For the UK, the following data science research institutions/universities will take part in this year’s call.

  • The University of Manchester
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Oxford

For Helmholtz PhDs and Postdocs

  • Work on exciting 6-week-long research projects.
  • Learn new methods and their application from experts in your or other fields.
  • Kick start international collaborations.

What does the exchange program involve?

You’ll get to collaborate with a senior data scientist from Israel or the UK on a project of your choice. You will be able to visit the Israeli or British lab for six weeks and get to work with a team onsite. Travel expenses and accommodation for your visit are covered by the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy. 

Why should I take part in this exchange program?

  • This program is an opportunity to get international collaborations started with the possibility of publishing together
  • Learn new skills from senior data scientists working on interesting research problems.

I highly recommend this exchange. The project “pushed” me beyond my normal duties, but it was absolutely worth it. What I appreciate most is the opportunity for professional international collaboration.

Dr. Jedrzej Rybicki,

worked with Rami Puzis from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on a novel approach to malware application classification. Check out their code here

Timetable 2023

  • Call for applications closes: May 8th
  • Info Session: April 18th
  • Evaluation of applications: May 8th  - end of May
  •  Personal Interview: May 9th - end of May
  • Participants will be informed by the end of May
  • Projects/exchanges can begin at any time thereafter.
  • Site visits can take place until March 2024.

Conditions of Participation

Please note that the program is open to PhDs and postdocs with an employment contract at the Helmholtz Centers. If you work at a Helmholtz Center, but are employed elsewhere, please be in touch before you apply. Within the framework of this exchange, HIDA mediates between hosts and participants and finances the travel and material costs of the Helmholtz participants. Please talk to the center where the exchange takes place about the specific contract and working conditions (contact persons).

For more information on how to participate, please refer to our FAQ document. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Ann-Kathrin Streletzki
Strategic Partnerships Manager


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