On October 18, 2016 the Working Group Bavaria-Québec met in Munich for the fourteenth time. The working programme was set for the next two years under the joint chairmanship of Mr. Michel Lafleur, Department Head, Bilateral Relations in the Ministry for International Relations and La Francophonie of Québec and Gunnar Wiegand, Deputy Head, European Politics and International Relations at the Bavarian State Chancellery. More than 60 cooperation projects were agreed upon for the upcoming two years, including 24 projects in the fields of science and technology.
The institutional working group Bavaria-Québec meets alternately every two years in Bavaria and Québec to coordinate, discuss, and develop their cooperation in politics, economy, science, education, and culture. The field of science and technology is managed by the Scientific Coordination Office Bavaria-Québec (WKS), which is embedded in the Bavarian Research Alliance. Over the next two years, the scientific and technological cooperation will focus on especially on energy, as well as on neurosciences, life sciences, Plan Nord, arctic studies, and bilateral participations within multilateral research projects.