Tobias Huste
Phone: +49 351 260 3604

HIFIS - Helmholtz Federated IT Services

The top position of Helmholtz research is increasingly based on cross-centre and international cooperation and common access to data treasure and -services. At the same time the significance of a sustainable software development for the research process is recognised.

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HIFIS aims to ensure an excellent information environment for outstanding research in all Helmholtz research fields and a seamless and performant IT-infrastructure connecting knowledge from all centres. It will build a secure and easy-to-use collaborative environment with efficiently accessible ICT services from anywhere. HIFIS will also support the development of research software with a high level of quality, visibility and sustainability.

To achieve this, HIFIS will install 3 Competence Clusters which are distributed throughout different Helmholtz research centers, a Cloud Services Cluster (a federated platform for proven first class cloud services), a Backbone Services Cluster (high-performance trusted network infrastructure with unified basic services) and a Software Services Cluster (platform, training and support for high-quality, sustainable software development)

Mission Statement

HIFIS' mission at HZDR is to empower scientists of any domain to implement and to perpetuate modern scientific software development principles in order to make research software engineering more sustainable. By making Helmholtz-wide cloud solutions seamlessly accessible scientists are provided with a modern digital research environment.


Together with colleagues from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), our goal in the HIFIS Software Cluster is to enable scientists to implement and perpetuate modern software development principles in order to make scientific software engineering more sustainable. The HZDR coordinates the HIFIS Software Cluster.

The HZDR is also actively involved in the HIFIS Backbone Cluster and Cloud Cluster and participates in the implementation of a common authorization and authentication infrastructure and the provision of Helmholtz-wide cloud services.

The Team

The central information portal of the HIFIS Software Cluster can be found at: There you will also find an overview of the HIFIS Software Team as well as upcoming events and trainings. The HIFIS colleagues will be located in the HZDR departments Application Services, IT Infrastructure and Computational Science.

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Get in touch with us for questions or assistance

  • around the topic "scientific software engineering",
  • for courses and further education on the subject of software engineering or
  • around technology offerings like GitLab.

Important Links

Current Projects

HIFIS Data Transfer Service

Description: Usually, research projects are conducted as a collaboration of multiple centers, research organizations or universities. At the same time, nearly all research depends on data at different scale. Due to the decentralized structure of many research projects it is indispensable to have an easy-to-use data transfer solution fostering the collaboration and knowledge exchange. Such a solution is not yet available to all Helmholtz centers and can be provided as a HIFIS Backbone service.
Expected Results (Goals):
  • A prototype data transfer service running between DESY and HZDR that can be used without requiring user accounts of the involved people on both sides.
  • This must be accompanied with a handbook describing the setup procedure for other Helmholtz centers as well.
Owner: Juckeland, Dr. Guido (FWCC)
Client: Incubator platforms and Helmholtz wide projets requiring a cross-center data transfer solution.
Project Page:

Helmholtz GitLab

Expected Results (Goals): Scalable GitLab instance available via the Helmholtz cloud and available for all Helmholtz employees with the full feature set.
Owner: Huste, Tobias (FWCC)
Client: HIFIS
Project Page: (for shareable code, roles)

Helmholtz AI voucher system based on Zammad

Description: Helmholtz AI wants to have a technical implementation of their voucher workflow. Helmholtz AI approached HIFIS in order to check the feasibility of implementing the voucher workflow in Zammad.
Expected Results (Goals):
  • Prototype implementation of the voucher system in Zammad
  • Decision from Helmholtz AI side basing on the prototype implementation
  • Depending on the decision: common production implementation
Owner: Helmholtz AI
Client: Helmholtz AI
Project Page:

Create a reusable Jekyll template for the Helmholtz incubator platforms and beyond.

Description: Currently, HIFIS itself and also all incubator platforms build their websites on different techniques and completely independent from each other. In order to unify this, a general base template for Jekyll is planned to be created that both and build upon in the future. At best the other incubator platforms or Helmholtz projects will reuse the templates.
Expected Results (Goals):
  • Reusable Jekyll template
  • and build upon this template
Owner: Huste, Tobias (FWCC)
Client: HIFIS
Project Page:


Tobias Huste
Phone: +49 351 260 3604