New Scientific Coordination Office Bavaria-Africa (WKS) at Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR): Intensification of cooperation between Bavaria and Africa in research and innovation
WKS Bavaria-Africa will initially focus on identifying cooperation opportunities with the states of Ethiopia, Tunisia, Senegal and the South African regions of West Cape and Gauteng and later dilate its scope.
WKS Bavaria-Africa serves as a point of contact for joint cooperation projects with these countries and regions, advises on suitable (EU) funding instruments and facilitates personal scientific exchange by granting mobility allowances to Bavarian parties in the field of research and innovation.
In 2019, Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder opened the Bavarian Africa Office in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as a point of contact and hub for cooperation with Africa in the areas of economy, education and development cooperation.
On the basis of this existing infrastructure, Ethiopia is to become the model country for Bavaria's new cooperation with Africa. In addition, the first multilateral research projects already exist with the African region of West Cape via the RLS-Sciences with WKS Bavaria-Québec/Alberta/international, which can be linked to.
In addition to the Managing Director, Dr Walter Pfluger and Ms. Melanie Schulte are the contact persons at BayFOR for the new WKS Bavaria-Africa.
Background information on the Scientific Coordination Office
Bavaria is cooperating closely in science, research and technology with different regions and countries outside Europe.
On behalf of the Bavarian government, BayFOR is in charge of the bilateral cooperation in the scientific and technical field with Québec, Alberta, and Israel. In addition, BayFOR is coordinating the Bavarian participation in the scientific network called RLS-Sciences. RLS-Sciences is embedded within the Regional Leaders Summit (RLS) of the seven following partner regions: Bavaria (Germany), Upper Austria (Austria), Shandong (China), Western Cape (South Africa), São Paulo (Brazil), Georgia (USA) and Québec (Canada).
The Scientific Coordination Office (WKS) in the Bavarian Research Alliance provides support to researchers and companies in Bavaria who are interested in collaborating with these international regions and countries. Based on regional and national specifics, the Scientific Coordination Office offers targeted support from project planning to implementation:
- Management of international research and innovation projects
- Scientific, administrative, and financial support for bilateral initiatives from project idea to project implementation
- Liaison between the different research and innovation players, for example by accompanying delegation trips
- Strategic scientific preparation and management of multilateral large-scale initiatives.
Further Information can be found here.