­Worldwide cooperation

In the research, Germany works with industrialised countries as well as emerging and developing economies. German scientists continue to be mobile, while researchers from other countries are regularly hosted in Germany. This cooperation helps to promote international understanding of the global challenges and to work together on solutions.

Traditionally, Germany’s research landscape and its stakeholders boast an outstanding international network. German scientists have always been and continue to be mobile, while researchers from other countries are regularly hosted in Germany. This international exchange is rapidly moving to the next level. Its many forms of cooperation worldwide elevate Germany’s standing, making it a key player in a globalised world.

Germany has created a reliable framework for cooperation with numerous partners around the world. Collaboration takes place at both government level, among administrative bodies and intermediary organisations, as well as at the level of the research organisations and universities. It is imperative that each individual alliance be tailored to both the respective partner countries and Germany’s interests. Accordingly, Germany uses highly variable cooperation instruments, refining them continuously.

Germany’s research and innovation policy aims to maintain a strong presence in countries whose science and technology resources are of strategic importance in order to develop close alliances with them. This applies to both industrial nations and newly industrialised countries. Cooperation will be increasingly relevant with those countries that improve their development status rapidly and dynamically.

The most important basis for bilateral alliances are agreements on Science & Technology Cooperation (STC) or on collaboration in vocational training. Regular intergovernmental consultations take place with a number of countries that are international cooperation priorities, in which education and research play a key role.

In its research and educational cooperation with regions of the world (ASEAN, MENA, African Union, MERCOSUR), Germany places greater emphasis on regional approaches and specially tailored measures. Furthermore, by bringing its expertise to bear in international organisations and forums (e.g. OECD, G7, WHO, UN), programmes and initiatives, Germany acknowledges its share of global responsibility. An intensive energy research cooperation has been established within the framework of a technology network maintained by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which comprises around 6,000 experts worldwide. In addition, an international initiative, Mission Innovation, was launched at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference by 20 heads of government, within whose framework the participating nations intend to step up research and development activities and increase collaboration on clean energy technology research. The initiative focuses on improving partnerships with the private sector.