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Programme Matter and the Universe

In the third period of programme-oriented funding (PoF) of the Helmholtz Association, starting in 2015, the Helmholtz centres will set new research priorities within the Research Field MATTER. This research field is divided in three programmes, one of which is the Programme MU - MATTER AND THE UNIVERSE.


Four Helmholtz Centres contribute to the programme MATTER AND THE UNIVERSE (MU): Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg and Zeuthen, Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt with its Helmholtz Institute in Mainz (HIM), as well as Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). 


The task of the programme is literally to connect quarks and leptons to the cosmos. Disciplines such as elementary particle physics, astroparticle physics, the physics of hadrons and nuclei, atomic and plasma physics join forces to find answers to fundamental questions, including "What is the origin, structure and future of the Universe?", "What are the building blocks of matter and how do they interact?" or "How did complex structures form?".


These questions are jointly addressed by researchers working in large international collaborations. The communities are connected in vivid networks and three Helmholtz Alliances among Helmholtz Centres, universities and other research centres. They have excellent and unique infrastructures at their disposal, including e.g. the Large Hadron Collider LHC at CERN, the accelerator complex and future FAIR facility at GSI and numerous large detectors, underground laboratories or observatories for viewing deep into the cosmos. MATTER AND THE UNIVERSE is organised in three topics: