International Cooperation

Bavaria and the North-American Province of Québec have been working closely together for many years in the areas of science, research and technology. The Bavarian Office for Research Coordination between Bavaria and Québec supports the exchange between the individual scientists and their facilities and cooperates closely, with the economy. It is our objective to jointly achieve a fortified international presence and, furthermore, to procure mutual advantages in international research and innovation competition.

  • The coordination site is continuously attending to the 20 joint research projects.
  • It offers - from project planning to implementation - scientific, administrative and financial support for international projects in research and development.
  • It assumes, by means of targeted network activities, the role of mediator between the different research actors in Bavaria and Québec.
  • It has also recently become a contact point for research cooperations between Bavaria and Alberta. 

More information here.

DLR and NRC sign framework cooperation in aerospace

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) signed a five-year framework cooperation agreement on 9 July, 2015. The agreement will facilitate further cooperation in joint research projects, especially in the areas of alternative fuels and other sustainable aviation research. The agreement was signed by DLR Aerospace Executive Board Member Prof. Rolf Henke and NRC Aviation Director Jerzy Komorowski.

Read more here.

NSERC announces investment in researchers

Over 3,800 researchers at 70 Canadian universities received long-term research investments from the federal government on 22 June, 2015. The overall investment of $443 million was to support academic researchers, post doctoral fellows, and students.

Read more here.

Over 100 Canadian and international researchers call for a stop to oilsands expansion

Led by academics at the University of Waterloo, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Arizona, over 100 researchers are calling on Canada to end expansion in the oilsands. The group includes biologists, economists, geographers, political scientists, and physicists. Within the group, there are 12 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, 22 members of the US National Academy of Sciences, 5 Order of Canada recipients, and one Nobel Peace laureate.

Read more here.

Discussion Paper: ''Germany Without Renewables''

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Karl (FAU) has co-authored a discussion paper titled, ''Germany Without Renewables'' with Herr Marius Dillig (FAU). The paper analyses rising electricity prices and discusses grid stability and energy security as dominating the public debate about the future of electricity produced from renewable energy resources. The paper also asks where the world would be today at current prices and security of supply without renewable generation sources such as biomass, wind, and sun.

Read the paper here.

Closer scientific cooperation between Bavaria and Québec

The successful scientific cooperation between Bavaria and Québec will be further expanded as result of a new cooperation agreement being signed.

Find out more here.

Working Group Bavaria-Québec 2014-2016

On June 6, 2014 the working group Bavaria-Québec 2012-2014 met in Québec-City for its thirteenth time since 1993. Over the next two years, over 60 selected bilateral projects will be supported.

Canada Special at IFAT 2014

As part of IFAT 2014, the World’s Leading Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste, and Raw Materials Management, a unique forum on Canadian water and energy resources was held May 7, 2014. A panel of experts from industry, academia, and politics discussed their perspectives on environmental challenges, technological solutions, and investment opportunities.

Water and Energy Resources in Canada: An Overview

New Bioenergy Resources

The water/wastewater sector in Canada

Challenges and Technological Trends in Wastewater Management

Future Trends and Opportunities in Hydroelectricity

Ontario’s Water Industry and Innovative Water Technologies

Water Technologies: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Managing the Future of Unconventional Oil Resources

Jürgen KARL
Renewable Resources: An Option for the Future?

Water Technology Innovation Landscape in British Columbia

Find out more about the programme as well as the Canadian and German experts speaking here.

Book launch with Prof. Alain-G. Gagnon

Prof. Alain-G. Gagnon is presenting a collection of his latest essays on federalism and national diversity in Canada.

You are kindly invited to attend the launch of “Das Zeitalter der Ungewissheiten” on February 25, 2014.

Find out more about the book launch here.

Renewable Energies Global Network

On March 12, 2014, Bavaria met with international partners in Cape Town (South Africa) to establish the Energy Network of the Partner Regions.
It is the aim of the network to bring together the existing regional expertise and to further develop it through joint research activities on renewable energy.

For further information, read more here.

ERA-Can+ launched

The new ERA-Can+ initiative was launched on October 1, 2013, to promote opportunities for Canadian researches to work with European colleagues in Horizon 2020, the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

For further information see or read more here.

New National Research and Innovation Policy in Québec

Innovation Policy (PNRI) was unveiled by the Government of Québec.

Until 2019 financing of .7 billion CAD will be provided to strengthen the province’s key strategic fields of action.

Read more here.

Albertan Support for WKS

Since September 2013, the WKS has been supported by a young Albertan colleague. Zak Biggs has been with the team of WKS as part of the Alberta Abroad programme for a year and a half. He has provided support for joint projects with his home province, and will soon return there. He is succeeded by a new Albertan colleague, Fiona Rumohr.

You can read Mr. Bigg's introduction here.
You can read Ms. Rumohr's introduction here.

Previous Activities


Mrs. Dr. Florence Gauzy


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