Scientific consulting services are offered to political representatives, administrative organisations and their members, as well as civic, cultural, and economic organisations. Referrals to relevant experts facilitate the transfer of knowledge to society.

Many scientists from Heidelberg University act as consultants for governing bodies (e.g. Research Council, Ethics Council, Academic Advisory Council of the BMWi) in private and charitable organisations (e.g. Centre for European Economic Research) or in international committees (e.g. UN, UNESCO, EU, World Bank). Meetings with experts can be arranged at Ruperto Carola to obtain scientifically sound advice on specific topics. Scientific consulting services also include expert opinions and impact assessments, such as after a natural catastrophe. The start-up management of Heidelberg University offers consulting to students, graduates, and employees in founding start-ups.