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Our Mission

Cutting-edge Research for a Changing World

Our aim is the preservation of a world worth living in. To this end, we generate knowledge and research new technologies for more resilience and sustainability—for the benefit of the climate, the coasts and the people.

Our path from idea to innovation leads through experimental studies, modeling and artificial intelligence. In this way, we build an interdisciplinary bridge from the basic scientific understanding of elementary processes to scenarios and practical applications.

As an active member of international research networks and the Helmholtz Association, we provide support toward shaping a sustainable future through the transfer of our expertise to political, economic and societal institutions.

We are Hereon


What does the name Hereon stand for?


He Re On Herleitung

The name “Hereon” comprises the words “Helmholtz”, “Resilience” and “Innovation”, and is derived from the current mission’s core messages. The Hereon logo consists of a symbolic triad, representing the topics: “climate” (blue), “coasts” (green) and “technology” (red). Intertwined, the symbolism conveys the interdisciplinary collaboration of the individual fields.