2nd Helmholtz Open Science Forum:

Helmholtz in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

08 December 2021, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 FAIR principles, so that they can be made available to third parties. The NFDI will be established as a network of consortia over a period of three years in three successive funding phases, starting in 2019.

To promote dialogue on the NFDI at Helmholtz, the Helmholtz Open Science Office is hosting a second digital Helmholtz Open Science Forum, "Helmholtz in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)", on December 08, 2021, from 10 am to 3 pm.

The event is the second in a series of Helmholtz Open Science Forums on the topic of National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). A first event was held in May 2021. A report documents the event.

Please note that the forum will be held in German.


The Helmholtz Centers conduct data-intensive research. Research with complex scientific-technical infrastructures, such as particle accelerators, satellites or research ships and aircraft, produces a high volume of digital research data. Thus, the Helmholtz Association's research infrastructures make it the natural place for specialist expertise in the topic area of "Open Research Data - Access to and reuse of research data".

Numerous NFDI consortia are realized with substantial Helmholtz participation and Helmholtz Centers are also actively involved in the realization of the EOSC.

Helmholtz centers are involved in the following NFDI consortia:

  • DAPHNE4NFDI (participation from Helmholtz: DESY, FZJ, HZB, HZDR, HEREON, KIT)
  • DataPLANT (participation from Helmholtz: FZJ)
  • FAIRmat (participation from Helmholtz: FZJ, HZB, HZDR, KIT)
  • GHGA (participation from Helmholtz: CISPA, DKFZ, DZNE, HMGU, HZI, MDC)
  • NFDI4BioDiversity (participation from Helmholtz: AWI, UFZ)
  • NFDI4Cat (participation from Helmholtz: KIT)
  • NFDI4Chem (participation from Helmholtz: KIT, UFZ)
  • NFDI4DataScience (participation from Helmholtz: AWI)
  • NFDI4Earth (participation from Helmholtz: AWI, DLR, FZJ, GEOMAR, GFZ, HEREON, KIT, UFZ)
  • NFDI4Health (participation from Helmholtz: MDC)
  • NFDI4Ing (participation from Helmholtz: FZJ, DLR, KIT)
  • NFDI4Microbiota (participation from Helmholtz: DLR, FZJ, GFZ, HMGU, HZI, KIT, MDC, UFZ)
  • NFDI-MatWerk (participation from Helmholtz: FZJ, HEREON, KIT)
  • PUNCH4NFDI (participation from Helmholtz: DESY, DLR, FZJ, GSI, HZDR, KIT)
  • Text+ (participation from Helmholtz: FZJ)


The event is aimed at employees of the Helmholtz Association.

Registration is free of charge.

The event is realized with Zoom.

Registration is possible under the following link:



The event will focus on the following aspects:

  • Report from the NFDI Directorate on current developments
  • Contribution from Helmholtz on cross-cutting services
  • Helmholtz in the NFDI association structure
  • EOSC, GAIA-X and NFD



Roland Bertelmann, Helmholtz Open Science


Report from the NFDI Directorate

York Sure-Vetter, Director of the National Research Data Infrastructure(NFDI




Basic services and more - Role of the Helmholtz Association: Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC)

Constanze Curdt, GEOMAR, Head of HMC Office


Basic services and more - Role of the Helmholtz Association: Helmholtz Federated IT Services (HIFIS)

Uwe Jandt, DESY, HIFIS Overall Management


Coffee Break



Helmholtz and the structure of the NFDI Association: Sections and Cross-cutting Topics, Research Data Commons

Frank-Oliver Glöckner, AWI, Earth-System Data Science Group


Interactions of the EOSC Association Task Forces in Helmholtz with the NFDI

Nicolas Villacorta, Brussels Office of the Helmholtz Association


Lunch Break



Impulse: Interaction between NFDI and the Helmholtz programs

Achim Streit, KIT, Steinbuch Centre for Computing



Moderation: Roland Bertelmann, Helmholtz Open Science


Wrap Up

Roland Bertelmann, Helmholtz Open Science


Nina Weisweiler, Helmholtz Open Science Office 

Heinz Pampel, Helmholtz Open Science Office

We are looking forward to your participation!