North German Science Award for DASHH graduate school

Joint DASHH project promoting young data scientists
14 December 2020
DESY Computer

The Hamburg Graduate School DASHH (Data Science in Hamburg - Helmholtz Graduate School for the Structure of Matter) has won the North German Science Award of EUR 125,000, which is bestowed by the North German Conference of Science Ministers (NWMK). DASHH offers doctoral students in data science many opportunities for further scientific training and a basis for exchange and knowledge transfer, the awarding body said. The joint project, run by the states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, paves the way for new approaches to evaluate complex scientific data with intelligent algorithms. Complex data from structural biology, particle physics and material sciences, among others, will be analysed as part of the project based on research between computer science, mathematics and basic scientific research.

Stimulus for Hamburg as centre of research 

DASHH involves the University of Hamburg, the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY), the Technical University of Hamburg, the Helmut Schmidt University, the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD), the European XFEL GmbH and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. "The award is both a well-deserved distinction and an important impetus for the research location of Hamburg. The interface between data science and natural sciences holds enormous potential for innovation, which we want to harness for science and society together with our outstanding research institutions and universities," said Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality. The award illustrates the importance of co-operation in science and research. "The combined expertise of strong partners accelerates scientific progress and strengthens the promotion of young scientists."