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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is The Research University in the Helmholtz Association. Its major research areas are based on long-term societal challenges and seek to develop sustainable solutions to urgent future questions. The objective is to contribute importantly, by top-level research, teaching, and innovation, to the success of major societal projects, such as the “energiewende,” or safe and sustainable mobility or intelligent technologies for information society. The focus is on energy, mobility, and information. Other major topics are climate and environment; man and technology; and elementary particle and astroparticle physics. More than 9500 staff members, of whom more than 6000 are engaged in science and higher education, and more than 25,000 students make the KIT one of Europe’s largest institutions for research and higher education.

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Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.