German-Israeli Helmholtz International Research School for imaging from NAno to MESo

Imaging is an indispensable component of biological research and personalized medicine. While this creates ever increasing opportunities for discovery in physical sciences, computer sciences, life sciences and medicine, the fundamental developments call for collaborative training and cross-domain research frameworks.

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine; the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel; the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have joined forces to establish a Helmholtz International Research School (HIRS) on imaging from the NAno to the MESo (iNAMES). These efforts are complemented by the Helmholtz Imaging Platform (HIP), with the Max Delbrück Center being a HIP core in collaboration with the DESY Hamburg and DKFZ Heidelberg. iNAMES and HIP are acting as springboards to intensify scientific interactions in imaging, data sciences, information technologies and digital engineering research fields.


Imaging bridges a crucial gap in space and time in life science and medicine: from atomic to anatomic objects to whole body imaging, from picoseconds to years in population studies. New molecular and cellular insights are obtained from imaging. These findings should be integrated with data science into a coherent picture of tissues, organs and organisms for early interception of disease.

These fundamental developments call for hitherto unavailable research frameworks, international partnership and collaborative culture to promote strong ties across multiple research domains and imaging modalities; connecting nanoscopic views, length scales, time scales and mesoscopic pictures with mechanistic insights and macroscopic function of biological and clinical importance.

Excellence in Science and Leadership Through International Training

iNAMES addresses the severe shortage of biomedical imaging and data science experts, which is recognized as a major bottleneck in the progress of life sciences and in healthcare. The strategic German-Israeli alliance offers PhD students an advanced structured and integrated training environment, with first class complementary technology platforms and research opportunities with a high interdisciplinary relevance.

Secondments to industry, mutual laboratory sojourns in Israel and Germany and joint PhD committees will complement the training of the PhD students. For this purpose, iNAMES amalgamates an exceptional faculty, constituting a role model for equal opportunities and diversity, and representing a unique blend of international leaders in their fields.