The main goals of Bremen’s regional policy include increasing the number of university graduates, and thus the supply of highly qualified personnel in the region, improving the excellence of its science and its young researchers, and continuing to intensify the transfer of knowledge.
The thematic and structural cornerstone of the science system in Bremen and Bremerhaven are the Land’s five core scientific areas: marine sciences; materials science including aerospace; information, cognitive and communication sciences including logistics and robotics; social sciences and health sciences. These five areas serve as guides for the research sector, teaching and knowledge transfer including the promotion of young researchers, appointments policy and organisation structures that also take non-university research institutes into account.
The core scientific areas are highly congruent with the Land’s commercial innovation fields and with the high-profile areas at the University of Bremen.
Supported by target agreements with Bremen’s universities and non-university research facilities, the focus here is on those areas that already demonstrate, or are able to attain, a high degree of scientific quality and excellence, and which also have a regional economic impact; thus, they help to strengthen the financial basis by attracting third-party funding or encourage the training of highly qualified employees.
Major innovation policy activities are aimed at fostering synergies by forging even closer, sustainable links between intramural and non-university stakeholders in the regional science system and outstanding scientific cooperation partners, both supra-regional and international, as well as at forming clusters of science and industry. The Innovation Program 2020 and the subsequent Cluster Strategy 2020 for sustainable growth and employment currently form the framework for Bremen’s innovation and cluster policy.