Hermann von Helmholtz - whoever bears the name of this great universal scholar is committed to doing research that improves our livelihoods. As early as the 19th century, Helmholtz advocated an approach that built bridges between physics, chemistry and medicine. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) is pursuing this basic idea today. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organization in Germany, the researchers in the Saxon state capital deal with pressing social challenges in the areas of energy, health and matter. At the eight institutes of the HZDR, around 1,100 employees work on research projects ranging from the discovery of scientific principles to the development of innovative processes and products.