Full exploitation of exceptional research facilities requires excellent training of a new generation of graduate students who will be able to follow through with significant developments in novel scientific approaches, experimental techniques, and high-throughput data acquisition, handling, and analysis.

The Helmholtz-Lund International graduate School (HELIOS), aims at preparing a new generation of scientists on “Intelligent instrumentation for exploring matter at different time and length scales”. The increasing complexity of instrumentation development and control, as well as the increase in data volumes requiring novel data acquisition and analysis tools, are creating new and common challenges in several disciplines of physics. To face these challenges, scientists need to develop new advanced methodologies.

HELIOS merges competences from different physics domains in instrumentation development and control as well as data acquisition and data handling, to reach this goal and to prepare young scientists for the next generation of instruments. The interdisciplinary approach of this school, across different disciplines including particle physics, atomic and molecular physics, nano science, and laser science, allows us to engineer novel solutions for instrumentation development and data acquisition at the next generation of photon sources and particle accelerators.