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Goethe University, Frankfurt

Faculties of Psychology (FB3), Computer Science and Mathematics (FB12), Physics (FB13), Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy (FB14), Biological Sciences (F15), Medical Science (FB16)

FIAS collaborates in many projects with researchers from the science faculties of Goethe University. At present, the closest links, both in terms of research and of personnel, extend to FB13 and FB12.

Center for Scientific Computing CSC

The Center for Scientific Computing (CSC) of Goethe University currently operates two Linux-based computer clusters within the framework of the HHLR-GU (Hessisches Hochleistungsrechenzentrum der Goethe-Universität) to support numerically intensive studies in a variety of research fields, ranging from neuroscience to high-energy physics. The CSC flagship computer is the LOEWE-CSC system. It was developed by one of the FIAS Senior Fellows, Prof. Volker Lindenstruth. FIAS is supporting (LOEWE)-CSC administrative staff and related computer developments. Scientists from FIAS are using the CSC machines at all levels.

Center for Membrane Proteomics CMP

The Center for Membrane Proteomics (CMP) was founded in the year 2002 at Goethe University, with the support of the Federal State of Hessen. The CMP houses research groups from the four faculties of Biosciences, of Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, of Medicine, and of Physics. Its research on the structural and functional properties of membrane proteins focuses on four main topics: signaling, transport, bioenergetics and compartmentalization.

GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research

The GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research GmbH in Darmstadt is a federally and state co-funded heavy-ion research center. The laboratory performs basic and applied research in physics and related natural sciences. Main fields of study include plasma physics, atomic physics, nuclear structure and reactions research, biophysics and medical research.

There is close cooperation between FIAS and GSI in many research areas, especially with respect to GSI's new project FAIR, the Facility for Antiprotons and Ions Research. The FIAS Senior Fellow Prof. Volker Lindenstruth is leading the GSI IT department and the computing infrastructure build-up for the FAIR facility. The FIAS cofounder and Senior Fellow Prof. Horst Stöcker is scientific director of GSI.

Helmholtz International Center for FAIR (HIC for FAIR)

The Helmholtz International Center for FAIR (HIC for FAIR) constitutes a unique think tank for forefront interdisciplinary theoretical and experimental research associated with the planned international large-scale Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research FAIR located at GSI, Darmstadt.

HIC for FAIR is a joint research center of the Hessian Universities Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Gießen, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and the Helmholtz Association. It has been established within the framework of the Hessian initiative for scientific and economic excellence (LOEWE) in 2008, continuation of funding was confirmed in June 2011.

Three HIC for FAIR professors are currently working at FIAS (Marcus Bleicher, Volker Lindenstruth, Stefan Schramm). Strong research ties exist between the physics and computer science activities at FIAS. The scientific director of HIC for FAIR, Prof. Marcus Bleicher, is Fellow of FIAS.

ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI

The Extreme Matter Institute EMMI was founded in the framework of the Helmholtz Alliance 'Cosmic Matter in the Laboratory' and is funded by the Helmholtz Association. EMMI, which is managed by GSI (Darmstadt), is dedicated to research in the area of matter at the extremes of density and temperature. The relevant science themes range from the quark-gluon plasma as it existed shortly after the Big Bang, to hot and highly compressed electromagnetic plasmas, to the dense medium of nucleons and neutrons governing the properties of supernovae and neutron stars, and to ultra-cold quantum gases. Research at EMMI stresses the common concepts underlying the physical phenomena found in its four areas of specialization. EMMI closely collaborates with its international partner institutions, having particularly strong ties to FIAS and HIC for FAIR. The scientific director of EMMI, Prof. Peter Braun-Munzinger, is Senior Fellow of FIAS.

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Frankfurt)

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research located in Frankfurt has been running three programs: Neurochemistry, Neurophysiology, and Neuroanatomy. The institute – which in 2012 will move to a new building on Campus Riedberg – presently is being restructured, focusing on neuronal dynamics, coding, and synaptic plasticity. The FIAS Senior Fellow Prof. Wolf Singer is director emeritus of this institution.

Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Systems Neuroscience (Frankfurt)

The Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) is a private research institute dedicated primarily to the area of cognitive brain research. ESI was established in the year 2008 with substantial funds provided by the private donors Andreas and Thomas Strüngmann. The institute cooperates closely with the Max Planck Society which safeguards that high scientific standards are met.

Max Planck Institute for Biophysics (Frankfurt)

The four Departments at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics employ a variety of complementary techniques to resolve the details of membrane protein biology. The contexts explored in individual projects range from the organismal to the atomic, with the goal of integrating findings at all levels to generate a complete picture of the processes under study.

Honda Research Institute Europe (Offenbach)

The Honda Research Institute Europe is one of three basic-research units inaugurated by Honda to pursue emerging technologies. The HRI-EU aims at translating principles of biological information processing systems into unique and innovative technology. Research focuses on systems whose architecture and dynamics provide the basis for brain-like intelligence.

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)

The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is an independent scientific organization administratively reporting to the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. KACST is both a national science agency and a national laboratory. The science agency function involves science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research, and services such as the patent office. KACST has currently over 2500 employees. FIAS and KACST have signed a research and development cooperation agreement to build a prototype for a 10 Petaflop Supercomputer in Riyadh.

Siemens AG

Siemens, headquartered in Berlin and Munich, ist one of the world's largest and most traditional companies in the field of electrical engineering and electronics. About 336,000 employees develop and manufacture products in Siemens' four main sectors: energy, healthcare, industry and infrastructure & cities.

Beilstein Institute for the Advancement of Chemical Sciences

The Beilstein Institute was established as a non-profit organisation by the Max Planck Society in 1951. The Foundation employs scientists from various disciplines covering a wide subject range. Communication and dissemination of information in the area of chemistry and related disciplines are at the centre of the Beilstein Institute’s support activities.

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Since its founding in 1877, the Technische Universität Darmstadt has built a worldwide reputation on education and research. Its focus on technology – from the perspectives of engineering, the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences – ranges from basic research to applications for day-to-day life. The FIAS cooperation with the TU-Darmstadt is mainly in the context of the HIC for FAIR project.

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