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The UK Science & Innovation Network and the British Council in Israel and Germany are piloting participation in 2023 in the data science exchange programme run by the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy and the Israel Data Science Initiative.

Get to work with data scientists from the Helmholtz Data Science Academy (HIDA) and their leading research centers and data scientists from the Israel Data Science Initiative (IDSI) on interesting projects in our exchange programme.

This exchange program is planned to take place in summer 2023 for six weeks.

You will be traveling to your host in either Germany or Israel, spend time working with them on a project in their labs for six weeks onsite.

The UK Science & Innovation Network and the British Council Israel and Germany will together contribute up to 3,000 euros per participant.

Please note that there are very limited places.


Join our Q&A session on April 18 at 16:00 UK time (17.00 CET) and learn more about the projects from the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy, the Israel Data Science Initiative and the British Council.

What is the exchange programme?

The purpose of this Summer Exchange is to bring together data science talent from the UK with data science projects at institutions in Germany and Israel.

You will work together with the Principal Investigators (PIs) and their teams and visit their lab. The aim of this exchange programme is to advance the participant’s skill set in research, information, and data science methods and to further cooperation between German, Israeli and UK institutions. The participating researchers shall share credit for the results of the project and build their international network.

The UK Science & Innovation Network and the British Council in Israel and Germany are able to fund a small amount of grants for travel and accommodation for UK students to visit projects in either Germany or Israel in this pilot year of UK participation in this previously bilateral German-Israel exchange.

The exchange program is open to UK Data Science students – most of the projects accept Masters students, PhDs and postdocs.

What can participating data scientists expect?

  • Interesting and challenging data science problems that expand the participants’ skill sets and knowledge of methodologies
  • Experienced scientists that mentor and support their professional development in data science methods and their applications.

How do I take part?

To participate as a data scientist, please choose a project from the documents attached below.

In addition, please fill out the questionnaire and apply for the project which you find interesting.

 Applications are welcome now, the deadline is May 8th 2023.

If you are selected for one of the places, potential hosts will see your application form and will be able to invite you to take part in their project.


What’s the timeline?

  • Q&A session April 18th 17:00
  • Participants will be informed by end of May.
  • Projects/exchanges can start anytime thereafter. Onsite visits should ideally take place in summer 2023 but must have take place by the end of March 2024 at the latest.


Questions? Feedback?

Your are welcome to contact  Zoe Gläser:

About HIDA and IDSI

HIDA offers training in Information and Data Science to doctoral researchers and postdocs. As a central forum and innovation hub, HIDA facilitates the interdisciplinary exchange of Data Science expertise between all of the Helmholtz Centers and research fields. HIDA connects six regional Helmholtz Information and Data Science Schools and ensures exchange between them. What’s more, HIDA cooperates with top-level universities and research institutions nationally and internationally to further knowledge exchange in Data Science methods and skills within the Helmholtz Association and beyond. 

IDSI unites and coordinates the activities of the data science research centres at all Israeli universities. It serves as a representative for all data science concerns for both industry and public institutions and promotes international collaborations for its members. IDSI's main activities relate to research, education and outreach for the government and industrial sectors. For research, IDSI acts as a bridge between local DS research centres and research organisations around the world that focus on the development of data science methodology and practice. For education, IDSI will facilitate the development of academic DS courses, with a particular focus on collaboration between universities, and the promotion of online courses for wider use.