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.

Munich Aerospace "Green Aerospace" Summer Summit 2017

From 26th to 28th June, 2017, the Munich Aerospace Faculty for Aeronautics and Astronautics will host the Munich Aerospace Summer Summit at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus near Munich. The theme of this year's event is "Green Aerospace- Towards Sustainable Aeronautics and Space Technologies". During the two-day meeting, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the use of green technologies, as well as ways to reduce greenhouse gases, conventional fuels, and noise pollution. In addition to speakers from the scientific community, representatives from industry as well as government representatives from the Bavarian partner regions pf Georgia (USA), Québec (Canada), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Western Cape (South Africa), Shandong (China), and Upper Austria (Austria) are invited. 

Further information regarding the programme and registration can be found here

CARE-CAMPUS Project Meeting in Oxford

Within the framework of the EIT Health Campus, a two-day project meeting was held from 13 to 14 March, 2017 at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing with the participation of BayFOR/WKS. As a greater share of our society ages, the need to care for elderly people grows increasingly, while the number of professionally trained nurses continues to decline. With the theme "Caregiving and Ageing Reimagined for Europe", the CARE CAMPUS project aims to improve training for new care personnel, including training for instances where family members are filling the caretaking role. 

More information about the project can be found here.

New EU-Canada initiative to encourage scientific cooperation

Canada and the EU have concluded a new agreement to facilitate the participation of Canadian researchers in European Research Council (ERC) teams in Europe. The agreement was signed in Brussels on 27th October, 2016 by Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas and President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Dr. Ted Hewitt.

Read more here.

RLS-Sciences at the 8th RLS Conference

The 8th RLS Conference was held in Munich from 14 to 15 July, 2016. The theme of the conference was ''Innovation and Digitalisation''. Surrounding and embedded within the conference were RLS-Sciences events from all four research themes: Digitalisation, Aerospace, Small Satellites, and Energy.

(Photo courtesy of the Bavarian State Chancellery)

RLS-Sciences Activities for the 8th RLS Conference

  • 12 July: RLS-Energy Network Panel at iSEneC 2016
  • 13 July: Expert Dialogue on Digitization
  • 14 July: Campus Aerospace Tour and Brainstorming
  • 14 July: RLS-Small Satellites Presentation to the RLS Heads of Government
  • 15 July: RLS-Sciences Presentations at the 8th RLS Conference
  • 15 July: RLS-Small Satellites Kick-Off Meeting

Read more about these activities here or visit the RLS-Sciences website here.

DANDEC Meeting in Prague

From 20 to 21 July, 2016, the DANDEC Consortium met in Prague to discuss the most recent project results, including a survey of experts in 10 Danube countries, and to plan for the future of the project. DANDEC seeks to improve dementia care in the Danube region, and has been funded twice by the BMBF since 2014.

Learn more about DANDEC here.

Canada Special at IFAT 2016

As the Arctic warms, Canada's North is changing. New challenges arise for communities, researchers, and businesses operating in the northern regions of Canada. Simultaneously, new opportunities for development, research, and investment open up, such as possibilities for new shipping routes and tourism. The test of understanding and balancing the challenges of change in the North with the opportunities these changes bring was addressed at the Canada Special at IFAT 2016. Nine speakers from across Canada and Germany offered insights into the different aspects of Canada's North, including Québec's Plan Nord, ArcticNet, new tools to assess the effects of climate change and resource development on the North, technologies and techniques for environmental management, and more. Cooperation opportunities spanning business, the environment, research, and development were outlined. Discover the creative and innovative ideas presented at the Canada Special below.


Louis Fortier
The North: Challenges and Opportunities

Robert Sauvé
The Plan Nord: Toward 2035

Denis Leclerc
Écotech Québec: Grey Matter for Green Economy

Peter Gallant
Water Management in Northern Ontario: Challenges and Opportunities

Walter Dunnewold
Residential Solar Thermal Energy Project: A North-South Comparative

Stephen Mooney
Cold Climate Technology Challenges in the Yukon

Bernhard Meyer
Assessing Potential Impacts of Developing Unconventional Energy Resources on Shallow Water Resources in Canada's North

Monique Bernier
IcePAC: An Online Atlas to Understand the Spatiotemporal Dynamic of Ice in the Arctic

Erhard Diedrich
The DLR Satellite Station in Inuvik: A Milestone for the German-Canadian Cooperation in Earth Observation

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Mrs. Dr. Florence Gauzy


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