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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH
Inhoffenstraße 7 | 38124 Braunschweig | Germany 
Phone: +49 531 6181-0 | Fax: +49 531 6181-2655
Internet: www.helmholtz-hzi.de

Legal Form

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research is a Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH), which is similar to a limited liability company. 

Commercial Register Braunschweig, Germany
Registration Number: HRB 477

Persons authorised to represent

Prof Josef Penninger, Executive director
Christian Scherf, Administrative director
(address like above) 

Supervisory Board

MinDir'in Prof. Dr. Veronika von Messling (Chair),
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung 

Ministerialdirigent Rüdiger Eichel (Deputy Chairman),
 Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur 

Dr. Irene Keinhorst, 
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit

Dr. Jens Rosenbaum,
Saarland - Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitales und Energie

Frau Ministerialrätin Astrid Lagall,
Bayrisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Manns,
 Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

Prof. Dr. Christoph Dehio,
 Universität Basel

Prof. Dr. med. Simone Scheithauer,
 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Dr. Gerd Maass,
Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Prof. Dr. Luka Cicin-Sain,
 Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung

Prof. Dr. Mark Brönstrup,
 Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung

Prof. Dr. Percy A. Knolle,
 Technische Universität München

Prof. Dr. Susanne Herold,
 Universtätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg

Value Added Tax Identification Number (according to § 27 a UStG)

DE 114815244

Responsible for site content

Responsible for journalistic-editorial contents in the sense of § 55 II RStV:

Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research
Dr Britta Grigull
Head of Communications
Josef-Schneider-Straße 2
Building D15
97080 Würzburg 

Phone: +49 931 31 81801

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Information security

The central contact person for criminal investigation authorities (public prosecutor's office, police, Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution) on information security and IT security issues is the HZI's Information Security Officer:

Tel.: +49 151 52726191

Corporate Governance

The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research GmbH submits to the "Public Corporate Governance Code (PCGC)" of the federal government according to the memorandum of association. The Code recommends that the management and the supervisory board reports on the Company's corporate governance (Corporate Governance Report) on an annual basis.

The report refers to the PCGK as constituted on 30th of June 2009. Management and Supervisory Board declare that the recommendations of the Code are being complied essentially and will, deviations are explained in the respective report.

The Management Board and Supervisory Board declare that the Federal Public Corporate Governance Code as amended on 30 June 2009 has been complied with with reasonable deviations from the prescribed recommendations.

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PCGK-Report 2016
PCGK-Report 2017
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PCGK-Report 2019
PCGK-Report 2020
PCGK-Report 2021
PCGK-Report 2022


Annual Financial Statement

Annual Financial Statement 2018
Annual Financial Statement 2019
Annual Financial Statement 2020
Annual Financial Statement 2021
Annual Financial Statement 2022


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Implementation Partner

Conception, design and technical implementation realised by:

Bitmotion GmbH
KALA YOUR LIFE® KYL Digitalagentur GmbH

Picture Credits

© Photos in the slider element on the webpage "Publication Highlights" and on the website "The Covid-19 Pandemic":

ZAP: HIRI, Anuja Kibe (created with Biorender.com)

Covid-19 respiratory failure: University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Saskia von Stillfried

RNA-seq: HIRI, Sandy Pernitzsch

Pam-seq: HIRI, Beisel Lab

Myeloid Cell: Elsevier Inc.

CRISPR technologies: The Authors. Published under the terms of the CC by 4.0 license

Transcriptome Map: The Authors. Published under the terms of the CC by 4.0 license

Dual RNA-seq: The Authors. Published under the terms of the CC by 4.0 license

(s)RNAs: HIRI, Sandy Pernitzsch

HIRI Key Visual: HIRI/HZI, Claudia Hurtig

RNA-seq: Published under the terms of the CC by 4.0 license

© Photos in the slider element on the welcome page and on the welcome page and newsroom page:

HIRI Researchers I: Nik Schölzel/HIRI

HIRI Researchers II: Nik Schölzel/HIRI

Mosbacher Kolloquium: Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie (GBM) e.V.

HIRI foyer: Hilde Merkert/HIRI

Coronavirus:  Adobe Stock/Naeblys

In the laboratory: Mario Schmitt/HIRI

© Pictures in the area "Research" and "Research Foci":

Ribosome as part of a biological cell constructing messenger rna molecule: 3d illustration by Christoph Burgstedt / Adobe Stock

RNA visualized by: nobeastsofierce / Adobe Stock

© Photos in the slider element of the Single-Cell Center Würzburg:

Sarah Kittel-Schneider: Fotostudio Mondelli

Michael Briese & Philip Tovote: privat

Alma Zernecke-Madsen: Silvia Schülein

Manfred Lutz: Arpa Aintablian

Martin Vaeth: Institute of Systems Immunology / Anika Grafen

Welcome: Still 1 / Science Communication Lab

© Photos on the pages of the Single-Cell Center Würzburg:

Prof. Dr. Dominic Grün: Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology und Epigenetics, Marcus Rockoff

Still 1: Science Communication Lab

Still 4: Science Communication Lab

Still 6: Science Communication Lab

Still 7: Science Communication Lab

Image of the heart: Adobe Stock/croisy (edited by HIRI)

Sketch of a bat: Adobe Stock/toricheks (edited by HIRI)

Image of the lung: Adobe Stock/ambassador806 (edited by HIRI)

© Photos in the slider element of the "Tuesday Night Seminar":

Chris Hill: Brian Callingham/Queen’s College, CambridgeDaniel Wilson: Daniel WilsonMathias Munschauer: HIRI/HZIGisela Storz and Anna Pyle: NIH/Marty UmanMargherita Turco: Margherita Y TurcoYang Li: Tom FigelPeter Fineran: Sharon BennettFabrizia Stavru: Service de Photographie Institute PasteurMarkus Landthaler: David Ausserhofer/MDCPhilippe Bouloc: Philippe BoulocSamuel Sternberg: Matt WongIlse Jacobsen: Anne Günther/FSU JenaGunter Meister: Gunter MeisterBrice Felden: Inserm/Heidinger, Jean-MarieIlan Rosenshine: Adi TamamDavid Corey Copyright: UT Southwester

Peter Fineran: Sharon Bennett (edited by HIRI)

Benjamin Nilsson-Payant: Benjamin Nilsson-Payant (edited by HIRI)

Dina Grohmann: Referat Kommunikation der Universität Regensburg (edited by HIRI)

Andrzei Dziembowski: Andrzei Dziembowski (edited by HIRI)

Troels Scheel: Troels Scheel (edited by HIRI)

Petr Chlanda: Petr Chlanda (edited by HIRI)

Anton Enright & Frédéric Allain: Anton Enright & ETH Zürich / Giulia Marthaler (edited by HIRI)

RNA Society: RNA Society (edited by HIRI)

Ylenia Jabalera Ruz: Ylenia Jabalera Ruz (edited by HIRI)Matthias Hentze & Felix Randow: EMBL Heidelberg & MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (edited by HIRI)

Nils Walter: University of Michigan (edited by HIRI)Caroline Goujoun: Caroline Goujoun (edited by HIRI)Mark Helm: Mark Helm (edited by HIRI)

© Photos in the header sections of the HIRI Internet presence:

© Mario Schmitt/HIRI
© Sandy Westermann (SCIGRAPHIX)/HIRI
© Nik Schölzel/HIRI
© Hilde Merkert/HIRI
© dorant post architekten

© Profile photos in the section "Team" and "Research" of the HIRI Internet presence:

© Mario Schmitt/HIRI
© Nik Schölzel/HIRI