Bavaria - Alberta

In contrast to the multi-year cooperation between Bavaria and Québec, which progresses within a fixed framework of institutional cooperation, the scientific-technological dialogue with Alberta is only in its initial phase.

Nevertheless, in strategic sectors such as energy, information and communication technologies (ICT), and life sciences, both joint research interests as well as complementary approaches are already available in many different ways.

This dialogue started in the context of the delegation-trip, initiated by Vice Minister Hans Spitzner, to Alberta in 2007. In addition to representatives from politics and economics, seven scientists from Bavarian universities and research centers took part in the trip. In discussions with scientists from Alberta, it was possible to line up bi-lateral research cooperation projects, which still exist. Regular student and faculty exchanges between universities in Bavaria and Alberta were increased.

During the delegation trip led by Vice Minister Katja Hessel in 2011, a first cross-disciplinary scientific network called ABBY-Net arose that is evaluating the co-evolution of energy systems and ecosystems. Together, the members of this network want to take part in international cooperative research efforts with partners from industry.

The 5th of June 2013 Minister Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch and the Honourable Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier of Alberta, Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education signed a Letter of Intent in Research and Technology.

On behalf of the Bavarian State Chancellery, the scientific coordination site Bavaria – Québec / Alberta / International of the Bavarian Research Alliance supports the development of mutual research projects.

More information here.

Germany-Alberta Background

News from WKS and Our Partners

ABBY-Net Summer School 2017

The fifth ABBY-Net Summer School was successfully held in Kananaskis, Alberta, from 12 to 19 August, 2017. The theme was “Natural Resource Management and Energy Systems Under Changing Environmental Conditions.” The event included working groups, presentations and field trips for students from Bavaria and Alberta.
Read more here.

University of Alberta Representatives visit Munich

As part of the scientific cooperation between Bavaria and Alberta, representatives from the University of Alberta met with their colleagues from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich as well as the Technical University of Munich from 15 to 16 February, 2017. During their visit to WKS (BayFOR), they discussed the latest bilateral funding opportunities. 

Participants from left to right: Prof. Dr. Klaus Diepold (TUM), Prof. Randy Goebel (U of A), Dr. Florence Gauzy (WKS), Prof. Thian Gan (U of A), Prof. Berhard Rieger (TUM), Lea Pfäffel (WKS), Prof. Renée Elio (U of A), and Prof. Dr. Ralf Ludwig (LMU). Source: BayFOR

Other News

New Entry Requirements for Canada

eTA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

When eTA becomes mandatory on March 15, 2016:
•    Canadian permanent residents will not need an eTA to fly to Canada, but as is currently required, they will need to travel with their permanent resident card of Canada. Otherwise, they may not be able to board their flight to Canada.
•    U.S. permanent residents will need an eTA to fly to Canada (as well as their U.S. Green Card). They will not need an eTA if entering Canada by land or sea.
•    Students and temporary workers from eTA-required countries who received their student or work permit before August 1, 2015, and intend to travel from and return to Canada by air will need an eTA.

Further information can be found here.

Albertan Support for WKS

From January 2015 to September 2016, the WKS was supported by an Albertan colleague, Fiona Rumohr.

Ms. Rumohr assisted with joint projects with partners from her home province.

You can read her introduction here.


Previously, the WKS was supported by another Albertan colleague, Zak Biggs.

As the past Alberta Abroad extern, Mr. Biggs assisted joint projects with partners from his home province.                   


You can read his introduction here.

Previous Activities


Mrs. Dr. Florence Gauzy


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