press release, 18. September 2020

DIGITAL EARTH receives the special "Digital Science Award"

On September 10, Digital Earth received the special "Digital Science Award" at the Digital Leader Award 2020

 Photo: @helmholtz

Photo: @helmholtz


"DIGITAL EARTH - Towards SMART Monitoring and Integrated Data Exploration of the Earth System" is a central joint project of 8 Helmholtz centers in the field of Earth and Environment. The aim of Digital Earth is to improve data-driven research through new approaches from computer science and data science so that interdisciplinary questions about the Earth System can be investigated in an integrative way.

DIGITAL EARTH at the UFZ is led by Prof Peter Dietrich, Department of Monitoring and Exploration Technologies. His and the Hydroinformatics group at the Department of Environmental Informatics around Dr Thomas Kalbacher are significantly involved in Digital Earth with their developments on Smart Monitoring Design and Digital Exploration Framework.

Since 2016, the Digital Leader Award has been presented to innovative projects that drive the digital transformation across industries. This year there were 83 applications with 24 finalists in five categories. Further finalists in various categories were Fraport, Infineon, BMW Group, Deutsche Lufthansa, Boehringer Ingelheim, Wacker Chemie.

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In the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), scientists conduct research into the causes and consequences of far-reaching environmental changes. Their areas of study cover water resources, ecosystems of the future, environmental technologies and biotechnologies, the effects of chemicals in the environment, modelling and social-scientific issues. The UFZ employs more than 1,100 staff at its sites in Leipzig, Halle and Magdeburg. It is funded by the Federal Government, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.

The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges facing society, science and the economy with top scientific achievements in six research fields: Energy; Earth and Environment; Health; Key Technologies; Matter; and Aeronautics, Space and Transport. With some 39,000 employees in 19 research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.
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