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3rd Helmholtz Open Science Forum on the NFDI: Inside Perspectives from the Centers

June 22, 2023, 10:00 - 15:30

Helmholtz Open Science Forum on the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

To promote dialogue on the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) at Helmholtz, the Helmholtz Open Science Office already hosted two digital Forum events in May 2021 (see report) and December 2021 (see report). Numerous NFDI consortia are realized with substantial Helmholtz participation.

The Open Science Office arranged a third forum on the topic scheduled for June 22, 2023. The objective of this event was to offer insights into the NFDI activities within the Helmholtz Association, presented from the internal perspective of the Centers. Multiple Centers shared their experiences, fostering an interactive environment for questions and discussions. Furthermore, there were contributions highlighting the Base4NFDI basic service consortium.


With the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), the German federal and state governments are pursuing the goal of systematically making research data resources accessible in accordance with the FAIR principles.

The NFDI is established as a network of discipline-oriented consortia over a period of three years in three successive funding phases. In November 2022, the Joint Science Conference (GWK) decided to fund eight additional NFDI consortia proposed in the third and final round. Together with those selected in the previous two rounds, the National Research Data Infrastructure now has a total of 27 consortia.


Time Topic Speaker
10:00–10:10 Welcome Roland Bertelmann, Helmholtz Open Science
10:10–10:25 AWI’s engagement in NFDI4Earth and synergies with DataHub Earth & Environment Stephan Frickenhaus, AWI
10:25–10:40 Coordination of NFDI-related activities at DESY Anton Barty, DESY
10:40–10:55 NFDI activities from the perspective of DKFZ Christian Busse, DKFZ
10:55–11:10 NFDI activities from the perspective of DZNE Gisela Schmidt, DZNE
11:10–11:20 Coffee Break  
11:20–11:35 Helmholtz Perspectives on Base4NFDI: HMC Sören Lorenz, GEOMAR, HMC Speaker
11:35–11:50 Helmholtz Perspectives on Base4NFDI: HIFIS Uwe Jandt, DESY, HIFIS Overall Management
11:50–12:05 Helmholtz Perspectives on Base4NFDI: PID4NFDI Antonia Schrader, Helmholtz Open Science Office
12:05–13:00 Lunch Break  
13:00–13:15 NFDI activities from the perspective of GEOMAR Hela Mehrtens, GEOMAR
13:15–13:30 NFDI activities from the perspective of GSI Mohammad Al-Turany, GSI
13:30–13:45 Bridging the gap between user-friendliness and cutting-edge research: HZB in the NFDI Tamara Husch Lee, HZB
13:45–14:00 NFDI activities from the perspective of HZDR Uwe Konrad, HZDR
14:00–14:10 Coffee Break  
14:10–14:25 NFDI activities at the HZI Cordula Hege, HZI
14:25–14:40 NFDI activities from the perspective of GFZ Valentina Protopopova-Kakar, GFZ
14:40–14:55 NFDI networking at KIT Alexandra Axtmann & Jan Kröger, KIT
14:55–15:10 NFDI Activities at MDC Carolina Schwedhelm, MDC
15:10–15:30 Wrap-up and final discussion  


Weisweiler, N. L., Genderjahn, S., Bertelmann, R., Kröger, J., Al-Turany, M., Axtmann, A., Barty, A., Busse, C., Frickenhaus, S., Hege, C., Husch Lee, T., Jandt, U., Konrad, U., Lorenz, S., Mehrtens, H., Protopopova-Kakar, V., Schmidt, G., Schwedhelm, C., Schrader, A. C. (2023): 3rd Helmholtz Open Science Forum „Helmholtz in the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)“, Report, (Helmholtz Open Science Briefing), Potsdam: Helmholtz Open Science Office.


Nina Weisweiler

Open Science Officer | HMC Office (Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration)

Steffi Genderjahn

Open Science Officer

Roland Bertelmann

Head of Helmholtz Open Science Office