Helmholtz Imaging Modalities is the heart of the Helmholtz Imaging Network.

Scientists at the Helmholtz Association develop and apply a broad range of imaging modalities to capture the world of science. Within the 18 centers the borders of hard- and software solutions for imaging are pushed to their limits and the respective scientists conduct cutting edge research across the scales. Imaging is the crucial method to study processes within atoms, molecules, organisms, ecosystems, and the universe. At Helmholtz Imaging Modalities we collect all the modalities, instruments, applications, and the respective scientific and engineering experts on one site.

Helmholtz Imaging Modalities is the heart of the Helmholtz Imaging Network. Get to know the imaging experts from the Helmholtz Association, explore the amazing portfolio of cutting-edge instruments from satellites to synchrotrons, dive into the exciting world of imaging applications. Helmholtz Imaging Modalities facilitates finding the right instruments, partners and collaborators for innovative projects, with just the right complementary expertise necessary to conduct research for grand challenges.

We want you! If you are affiliated to one of the Helmholtz Centers, we invite you to add your profile, your modalities and your applications to the website. Just use your home institutions credentials. Be Helmholtz Imaging!

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The HelpDesk is your gateway to the world of Helmholtz Imaging! Simply send an e-mail to and we will help you out. Any request is welcome, whether it is a question about administrative or imaging-related matters, consulting requests, project support, Helmholtz Imaging Collaborations or access to our portfolio.


Helmholtz Imaging Solutions provide software driven strategies for solving common problems across imaging domains and tools. In reality, being aware of a software solution for a scientific problem is often followed by a time-consuming process of figuring out how to install the specific tool and how to precisely use it to reproduce a published result. We provide a framework to unify and simplify this process. Additionally, we curate a catalog of Helmholtz Imaging Solutions developed within our community.


Struggling with an imaging-related project? Apply for a Helmholtz Imaging Collaboration and tap into the expertise of Helmholtz Imaging! Collaborations enable you to team up with one of our units for an elongated period of time (up to 6 months or even longer) to work on a project together. Whether you require support in (AI-based) image analysis, image reconstruction, annotation, data management, software solutions, addressing inverse problems, developing novel imaging modalities, 3D visualization and more – we are your partner.


Helmholtz Imaging Storage is offering to the community of Helmholtz Imaging scientists the opportunity to exchange large imaging datasets. A data volume of 1 Pb is provided and operated by DESY. The Helmholtz Imaging Storage is a dCache instance ( and can be used via dCache’s webinterface. dCache offers also the possibility to create and share individual directories or files with the world. This is possible by creating links, which become invalid after a certain amount of time.