The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon GmbH (formerly the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Centre for Materials and Coastal Research GmbH) conducts international cutting-edge research for a changing world: approximately 1,100 employees generate knowledge and innovations toward more resilience and sustainability. The Hereon’s scientific spectrum comprises high-performance materials, processes and environmentally friendly technologies for mobility and new energy systems. Furthermore, research is conducted on biomaterials for medicine and increasing quality of life. Through research and consulting, the Hereon addresses the challenges of climate change in a solution-oriented manner and facilitates sustainable management and the protection of the coastal and marine environment through comprehensive scientific understanding. From basic understanding to practical applications – the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.
As part of an international network and as a member of the Helmholtz Association, the Hereon supports political, economic and societal institutions through the transfer of its expertise. Founded in 1956, the center is the largest non-university research institution in Schleswig-Holstein. In addition to its main location in Geesthacht and its site in Teltow near Berlin, the Hereon has branches in Hamburg, Kiel, Berlin and Garching bei München.