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Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren e.V.
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

Managing Director

Dr. Rolf Zettl
Helmholtz Association
Berlin Office
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2
10178 Berlin

+49 30 206329-28
+49 30 206329-70
rolf.zettl (at)

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Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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Responsible for the content as per section 55(2) Rundfunkstaatsvertrag (German Interstate Treaty on Broadcasting)

Dr. Susann Beetz
Project Management
Head Office Berlin
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2
10178 Berlin
susann.beetz (at)

Online editorial team

Dr. Susann Beetz, Saskia Blank, Karen Vogt
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Legal notice regarding copyright

The layout, graphics and other content on the website of the exhibition “Ideas 2020” are copyright protected.

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Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

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We continually work to improve our online content and for this purpose we gather statistical information and analyse the technical possibilities for usage. Visits to our website are logged and analysed in anonymised form.

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We use cookies (small text files containing visitor information that are temporarily stored on your computer’s hard drive) in order to track frequency of use, repeated use and number of users of our website. The cookies used by us are anonymised and are used exclusively for the above purposes. We do not in principle use them to learn about your personal user behaviour or to adapt the content of our website to your personal browsing habits.

The data relating to your visit is collected via a JavaScript program embedded in the source code of our website and forwarded to our web server. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser settings only some of the information will be recorded and the number of page views counted.

During your visit to our website the following information is automatically logged in our user statistics

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Further information can be found here:, (translated from 9.1.2012)

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We guarantee that your data will not be sold or rented to other companies or organizations in the context of general address trading.

Data transmission

Your personal data will only be transmitted to government organisations and authorities in legally required cases and/or for prosecution in the event of attacks on our network infrastructure. Your personal data are not provided to third parties for any other purpose.

Right to information

You have the right at any time to information about your stored personal data, including the origin and recipients of the data and the purpose for which the data is being stored. This information can be obtained from the data protection officer at the Helmholtz Association.

Please send any questions or comments about data protection to this address: datenschutz (at)

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As the content provider within the meaning of section 7(1) of the Telemedia Services Act, the Helmholtz Association is responsible in accordance with general legal provisions for its own content which it makes available for use.

The Helmholtz Association endeavours at all times to offer up-to-date, correct and complete content and information on its website.  However, errors or mistakes cannot be completely ruled out. The Helmholtz Association accepts no liability for the information and content published on its website being current, accurate and complete, unless the errors or mistakes demonstrably resulted from wilful or negligent acts. This also applies to any material or non-material third party loss or damage caused by the use of this website and also to information made available for download.

The Helmholtz Association reserves the right to modify, supplement, or delete any or all of the information offered on its internet site, or to temporarily or permanently cease publication thereof without prior and separate notification.

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