The GWDG is a joint enterprise of Göttingen University and the Max Planck Society. It serves as a computing and IT competence centre, and it provides a broad selection of services for e-Science and scientific data processing. Founded in 1970, it employs 145 staff members: scientists, IT-specialists, software developers, and technicians. Prof. Ramin Yahyapour is managing director of GWDG and full professor for applied computer science at Göttingen University. The GWDG runs services for scientific communities including HPC clusters, cloud infrastructures, and data management services. Furthermore, the GWDG pursues scientific research for eScience infrastructures, which includes topics in parallel computing, clouds, data analytics, and data management. The main focus is on enabling the transition of new technologies into useful services for scientists.


The University of Stuttgart is one of the leading technically oriented universities in Germany with global significance. It sees itself as a center of university-based, non-university, and industrial research. Furthermore, it takes a role as a guarantor of research-based teaching, focused on quality and holism. The Stuttgart Way means an interdisciplinary integration of engineering, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences based on the fundamentals of cutting-edge research at a disciplinary level. The High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) is a central institution for research and service of the University of Stuttgart (USTUTT). It has been the first national supercomputing centre in Germany and is offering services to academic users and industry. Furthermore, together with the Steinbuch Computing Centre Karlsruhe, it has funded two solution centres (Energy and Automotive) to support activities of stakeholders in these domains. With the co-founded SICOS GmbH, HLRS is in constant contact with SMEs willing to use HPC to improve their businesses. 


The University of Hohenheim has been founded in 1818 to help remedy the devastating agricultural crisis caused by the eruption of the Tambora volcano and associated climatic consequences. This early scientific mission has laid the foundation for the University’s unique scientific profile to the present day uniting the research foci of its three faculties: agricultural and ecosystem research, food security and safety as well as change processes in economy and society. The overarching research goal of the Institute of Physics and Meteorology (IPM) is the understanding and prediction of the Earth system processes by the integration of models and observations. Key methods are data assimilation techniques on the convective scale, more accurate representations of atmospheric turbulence in earth system models, the characterization of feedback processes in the land- atmosphere system, and the investigation of transport processes in the convective and stable atmospheric boundary layer. Process understanding is substantially improved by observations of worldwide unique, scanning laser remote sensing systems developed at the IPM. Their results are implemented in the new high-resolution model system WRF- NOAHMP operated in a range of 30 m to 50 km grid increments for the seamless prediction of the Earth system from nowcasting, to short-range weather forecasting, to seasonal simulations, to climate projections.


The State Office for Spatial Information and Land Development Baden-Wuerttemberg (LGL) is the upper surveying, land consolidation, and settlement authority in Baden-Württemberg. As the upper land authority, the LGL exercises the technical supervision of the lower surveying authorities, the publicly appointed surveyors, and the lower land consolidation authorities. The LGL cooperates within the Working Committee of the Surveying Authorities of the States of the Federal Republic of Germany (AdV).


The Center for Agricultural Technology Augustenberg (LTZ) is a non-incorporated institution within the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection of Baden-Württemberg. At Karlsruhe-Augustenberg and in the field offices about 250 employees are working on issues of plant production, plant health, and product quality. On behalf of administrations, companies, and private individuals the laboratories of the LTZ are analysing several thousands of samples each year. With its acknowledged expertise in crop farming and plant protection, with its high-performance research and analysis activities and its manifold facilities to diagnose plant diseases and pests the LTZ is recognized as an esteemed partner of politics and administration, of agricultural consultancy and practice, of associations, enterprises and sciences, serving a sustainable agriculture and a preventative consumer protection.