Joint Collaborative Research
The Helmholtz Alberta Initiative combines synergetically the scientific and technical expertise of the Helmholtz Association (Germany) and the University of Alberta (Canada) as international research collaboration. To this end a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and the University of Alberta in September 2009 and extended for a further five-year term in September 2014.
As part of the Initiative the University of Alberta has been cooperating since 2010 with four Helmholtz institutions, namely the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT in the fields of environmental and energy research. In addition, the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus (BTU) is also a research partner in this initiative. More recently the Initiative’s scope has been extended into the fields of Terrestrial Ecosystem and Resources Informatics in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), infectious disease research in cooperation with the Braunschweig campus of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and neurodegenerative disease research in cooperation with the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Bonn.