RS2 - The Helmholtz Research School of Radiation Sciences, funded by Helmholtz Association is an international research school established at the Department of Radiation Sciences - DRS at Helmholtz Zentrum München. It offers innovative education for graduate students and research programs within a stimulating interdisciplinary environment. The DRS performs research aimed at the safe use of ionizing radiation in medicine, science and technology. Scientists of the DRS investigate mechanisms of radiation-induced health effects, develop technology for determination and reduction of dose from medical and environmental exposures, and translate the results into personalized radiation medicine.

Radiation research is a multidisciplinary field linking biology, technology and medicine. The driving forces are the multifaceted uses of radiation in the clinic and the need to protect patients from long-term health effects of exposure to radiation. The continued development and improvement of applications using radiation in the fields of diagnostics, imaging and radiation therapy requires a highly skilled and technically competent workforce, creative scientific innovation and encouragement for basic and clinical scientists to work together to translate new ideas from the bench to the patient. 

Under rooftop at the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA), the Helmholtz Research School of Radiation Sciences creates a formal structure to train and support the next generation of researchers and is unique within Europe in both scope and focus. The research activities cover three interrelated research fields, radiation oncology, radiation physics and medical physics. Together with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and Technische Universität München (TUM) graduate students are provided with a training environment based upon a combination of formal teaching and excellent scientific research. The doctoral degree will be awarded by one of the Munich universities (LMU or TUM).