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March 2021

Renamed Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

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On March 31, 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon - Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH was renamed Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon GmbH. With this new name and a new logo, the research center expresses its current mission and organizational structure with its sites and field offices. Press release

November 2010

The GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht gives itself a new name

From November 1, 2010, it was called " Helmholtz - Zentrum Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research GmbH."


The new name showed the connection with the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers and the city of Geesthacht. The addition of the two conceptual pillars of materials research and coastal research also summarized the research topics. Press release

Knowledge creates benefit

Mobility, energy, climate change - some of the core topics of the Hereon image brochure from 2011 . Brochure wissen schafft nutzen [german] (1,5 MB)

June 2010

The shutdown of the FRG-1 research reactor and new perspectives for materials research

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Aerial view of the research reactor plant, which has been shut down since 2010. The research reactor has been in the post-operational phase since July 1, 2010. Photo: Hereon/ Burkhard Kuhn

After more than 50 successful years, the FRG-1 research reactor at the GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht was finally officially shut down at a celebratory colloquium on June 28, 2010. At the same time, GKSS founded the "German Engineering Materials Science Center" and thus continued its materials research with the help of neutron and synchrotron radiation at FRM-2 in Munich and at DESY in Hamburg. Press release

1956 to 2006

In 2006, GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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At the beginning of the 21st century, the Gesellschaft für Kernenergieverwertung in Schiffbau und Schifffahrt (GKSS) looked back on a successful history of development, in the course of which Germany's first large-scale research facility became a modern, interdisciplinary scientific institution within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.

In 2006, around 800 employees at the Geesthacht and Teltow sites near Berlin were engaged in national and international programs to find answers to pressing questions of the day - especially in the areas of energy conservation and resource protection.

Following the GKSS claim "knowledge creates use", they compiled scientific findings and used them to develop concrete utilization options for the present and the future. Later research activities at GKSS focused in particular on application-oriented and forward-looking fields of activity: coastal research and materials research.

  • Chapter 1. from nuclear energy propulsion to neutron scattering for science.
  • Chapter 2: Waves, water and the coastal habitat
  • Chapter 3. mechanics of materials and new materials
Download brochrue "50 years GKSS-Forschungszentrum" [german only, PDF]