HELENA – an investment in the future: The Graduate School Environmental Health serves as an ideal career springboard through excellent research, training and networks.

Today’s doctoral students are our future leaders – in research, clinical work, industry and management. In order to ensure optimal promotion, Helmholtz Zentrum München – together with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) and Technische Universität München (TUM) – opened the first Helmholtz Graduate School of Environmental Health (HELENA) on November 1, 2010.

With its unique focus on Environmental Health, research activities will concentrate on the interaction between individual genetic disposition, environmental factors and individual lifestyle habits, thus illuminating the pathogenesis of common, complex diseases such as diabetes mellitus and chronic lung diseases.

HELENA qualifies a new generation of internationally competitive graduate students in the field of environmental health research. The interdisciplinary education within HELENA prepares the graduate students to fill lead positions in research, management, industry and administration.


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PD Dr. Christian Langebartels

Research Director, Environmental
and Radiation Sciences, Helmholtz Zentrum München


Prof. Dr. Stephan Herzig 

Institute for Diabetes and Cancer (IDC)

Helmholtz Zentrum München

General Coordination

Dr. Monika Beer

Strategy, Programs, Resources

Helmholtz Zentrum München