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Experience coastal research first-hand

On the 12th and 13th of May the research vessel of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, the ‘Ludwig Prandtl’ will be moored at the HAFENGEBURTSTAG HAMBURG. You can experience coastal researchers in action, amongst tall ships and harbour launches. Our scientists are presenting their research activities jointly with the Hamburg Port Authority. more


Feeling well rather than frustrated: Work and life in balance

More time for family, hobby or sport by offering flexible working hours or workplace child care is what represents a good employer nowadays. A staff policy which looks after the right balance of work and private life creates a positive image: This displays an advantage outwards and has a beneficial effect on recruitment, while strengthening the employees’ well-being inwards. more

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From the Satellite to the Model

Prof. Dr. Emil Stanev and his colleagues in the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht are experts as regards the combination of measurement data and computer models. With their research activities, the coastal researchers are improving the forecasting of currents, waves and other important factors which affect the marine environment. Within the project “My Ocean 2” they are currently participating in the development of a forecasting service for the oceans of the world. more

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Tailor-Made Materials for the Transformation of the Energy Sector

In order to speed up the development of novel materials for the energy sector, the Helmholtz Association will provide funding for the new portfolio theme “Materials Research for the Future Energy Supply”. The project coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich will receive an additional € 21 million from 2012 to 2016. Fields of application are thin-film solar cells and high-temperature materials. more

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Ultralight vehicles: New cooperative venture strengthens magnesium research in Geesthacht

In the framework of the World Premier Materials (WPM) development programme, the South Korean government has provided more than 100 million dollars to fund research and development in the field of magnesium technology. The Magnesium-Innovations Center (MagIC) in Geesthacht will be an important scientific project partner. Intensive research into the magnesium technologies of the future will be conducted on this unique research platform under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Karl Ulrich Kainer. more

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Climate Change and North Sea Storm Surges

In the night from 16th to the 17th February 1962, the German North Sea coast was hit by a severe storm surge. The Hanseatic city of Hamburg was particularly badly affected. Entire districts of the city were submerged in water and more than 300 people lost their lives. Further severe storm surges were to follow this disaster. Similar climatic conditions can reoccur at any time. Scientists of the Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Center in Geesthacht are, therefore, observing storm surge activities in the German Bight extremely closely. According to currently available information, flood protection will retain its present effectiveness until approx. 2030; after this date, however, the situation will have to be reappraised. more

Eröffnung: Biomedizintechnikum II am Standort Teltow

Am 12. Dezember 2011 um 18 Uhr wird das neue Forschungsgebäude des Zentrums für Biomaterialentwicklung des Helmholtz-Zentrums Geesthacht seiner Bestimmung übergeben. Mit rund 2000 Quadratmetern Nutzfläche bietet der Erweiterungsbau Raum für neue Laboratorien und Büros. Um die Entwicklung neuartiger, kunststoff-basierter Materialien voranzubringen, werden hier insbesondere Sterilisationstechniken, neuartige Wirkstoff-Materialkombinationen und der Aufbau von Makromolekül-Bibliotheken Gegenstand der Forschung sein.


The Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht and the Helmut Schmidt University agree upon close cooperation

On Friday 9th December 2011, the president of the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) Prof. Dr. Wilfried Seidel and the directors of the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (HZG), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaysser and Michael Ganß, signed a cooperation agreement to link fields of research in which their two establishments are at the forefront worldwide. The object of the agreement is the creation and sharing of resources for materials research.


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Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht intensifies cooperation with POSCO in South Korea

Economic lightweight materials for cars or aeroplanes, new technologies for regenerative energy systems – these are great challenges currently faced by industry and science. In order to better combine scientific research activities and practical experience, scientists of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the South Korean company POSCO Ltd. want to cooperate more closely. more


Temporary use – magnesium implants biodegrade systematically

In the course of the next four years, the first prototypes of biocompatible magnesium bone implants are to be tested and developed in the scope of the new EU project, “Tailored Biodegradable Magnesium Implant Materials”(MagnIM). This major three million euro project will be coordinated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG). The head of the HZG department “Structure Research on Macromolecules”, Prof. Dr. Regine Willumeit, will act as project leader. Researchers in Geesthacht have been engaged in the investigation and development of metallic biomaterials based on titanium and magnesium for some time now. Implants made from the light metal magnesium promote the regeneration of bone tissue and biodegrade in situ after a pre-defined period of time. more

Preisträger des Magnesium-Awards Prof. Xiaoqin Zeng von der Jiao Tong Universität in Shanghai zusammen mit Prof. Kainer vom Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.

Magnesium Award 2011: scientist honored for new high performance alloy

The “Magnesium Research Award”, endowed with 5,000 euro, has been conferred by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht since 2007. This prize offers recognition to young researchers for their innovative research in the field of magnesium. The prize winner this year is the Chinese scientist, Professor Xiaoqin Zeng of the Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.


Hard or soft: at the touch of a button New nano material switches properties as required

A world premiere: a material which changes its strength, virtually at the touch of a button. This transformation can be achieved in a matter of seconds through changes in the electron structure of a material; thus hard and brittle matter, for example, can become soft and malleable. What makes this development revolutionary, is that the transformation can be controlled by electric signals. This world-first has its origins in Hamburg. Jörg Weißmüller, a materials scientist at both the Technical University of Hamburg and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht, has carried out research on this groundbreaking development, working in cooperation with colleagues from the Institute for Metal Research in Shenyang, China. more

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Arctic coasts on the retreat

The coastline in Arctic regions reacts to climate change with increased erosion and retreats by half a metre per year on average. This means substantial changes for Arctic ecosystems near the coast and the population living there. A consortium of more than thirty scientists from ten countries, including researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association and from the Helmholtz Centre in Geesthacht, comes to this conclusion in two studies published in Estuaries and Coasts and online on They jointly investigated over 100,000 kilometres and thus a fourth of all Arctic coasts and their results have now been published for the first time. more