Bavaria - Québec


Current cooperation between Bavaria and Québec is based on a longstanding tradition of partnership which began in the early 1980s and was institutionalised in 1989. This cooperation spans into broad areas such as politics and administration, economy, science, research and technology, social and academic education, culture and society. Important synergy effects are also achieved in the interplay.

In joint workgroup conferences, which take place every two years in Bavaria and Québec, content-based priorities are established for the following two-year term. The 14th workgroup conference took place in Munich in 2016. The next  meeting will take place in Québec in 2018. Both sides have federal subsidies at their disposal for the financial support of joint initiatives according to the principle of reciprocity.

In the field of science, research and technology, the mobility programme is particularly emphasised. This enables activities for the networking of scientists from Bavaria and Québec and in the process guarantees initial funding for existing research plans.

The position, embedded in the Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH, of a senior scientific officer for international research association in Bavaria (with Québec/ Canada in particular), accompanies these projects as an assignment from the Bavarian State Chancellery and in cooperation with the representatives from the Free State of Bavaria in Québec.

In the scientific-technological area, the two governments are currently funding about 20 bilateral research projects with the following thematic emphases:

In the strategic areas of aeronautics, climate change and neurosciences, key priorities are being established.

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„Mi-parcours“ of the working group Bavaria-Québec

On October 26, 2017 the working group Bavaria-Québec met for their biennially mi-parcours. Currently, the cooperation between Bavaria and Québec supports more than 60 bilateral projects, 24 of them in the field of science and technology. In addition, the participants discussed ways to support multilateral activities of the regional leaders´ summit 2018 in Québec.    

Prof. Broy presents on Industry 4.0 at Printemps numérique event

On 6 June, 2017, Prof. Manfred Broy, founding president of the Zentrum für Digitalisierung Bayern (ZD.B) presented on Industry 4.0 at the invitation of Printemps numérique. The presentation was part of Printemps numérique's #intersections VOL. 5: Industry 4.0 event, held at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal. 

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Bavarian Discussion Group on Arctic Research in Munich

On March 28, 2017, representatives of the governments of Québec and Bavaria, as well as scientists from various Bavarian research institutes and representatives of the business community came together for the first time to discuss their current scientific activities in the Arctic at the invitation of the WKS (BayFOR). The topic "Arctic" has been present for several years in scientific cooperation in Bavaria-Québec, and these discussions will continue to occur at regular intervals. The next meeting will take place on May 16, 2017, in the context of the workshop "The Arctic - Law and Politics" at the University of the Bundeswehr in Neubiberg.

Review the program here

Bavaria Québec scientific cooperation program supports young scientist in the aerospace industry

Quadrocopters require the use of unmanned aerial vehicles as active control systems to stabilize their trajectory. The software required with its algorithm is of particular importance. Under the scientific direction of Prof. Schilling (University of Würzburg) and Prof. Sharf (McGill University), who have been working on this topic for many years, Sebastian Schell was able to prepare his Bachelor's thesis in aerospace informatics. During his three-month stay in Québec, Mr. Schell participated in the development of the quadrocopter "NAVI", which was subjected to various test flights. The evaluation of the flight data is used to optimize software and hardware. The partnership between Bavaria and Québec promotes student mobility through various programs.

Read more about the work here. (German only)

Bavaria-Québec scientific cooperation program supports young scientist in the field of Romance studies

Comparisons of French literature and cultures in and outside Europe are currently the subject of numerous research projects in Romance studies. Compared to other literarz genres, poetry is analysed less frequently. In Québec, poetry has been an important part of cultural life since the 1960s, giving the voices of the Révolution tranquille a platform. Jana Nürnberger's project, supervised by Prof. Isabella von Treskow (University of Regensburg), is devoted to Québec's contemporary poetry. With the help of mobility funding, Ms. Nürnberger spent several months at the Université de Montréal with Prof. Andrea Oberhuber in 2016 and examined, among others, the work of the poet Claude Beausoleil.

Montréal universities unite to host the 2017 Conference of the Americas on International Education 

The Université du Québec à Montréal, Concordia University, McGill University, Université de Montréal and École de technologie supérieure will host the Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) in Montréal, October 11-13, 2017. 

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Bavaria-Québec Scientific Cooperation Program supports young scientist in HIV-research

Photo Credit: CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM)

In the September issue of “Cell Host and Microbe”, researchers at the University of Montréal published a new method to identify HIV-infected cells. This is particularly demanding because such blood cells only occur in very small amounts. Under the scientific direction of Dr. Daniel Kaufmann, virologists at CRCHUM developed a novel procedure to identify one infected cell in a million cells. Such precise methods are necessary to improve methods which remove the virus from the body. PhD student Julia Nießl from Bavaria is part of the research group. The partnership Bavaria-Québec partnership supports doctoral projects by through its program for exemptions of student fees for foreign students in Québec.

Institut nordique du Québec announces collaboration developments in northern research

The first foundational elements of the Institut nordique du Québec's (INQ) scientific program have been revealed. The IRQ has announced three northern research chairs, to be allocated to INRS, McGill University, and Université Laval. These chairs will represent research ranging from renewable energy production and wildlife preservation to food security and sustainable development in the North. Louis Fortier has been introduced as the Institute’s newly recruited director of science and innovation.

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Working Group Bavaria Québec 2016-2018

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.

Participants of the working group Bavaria-Québec in the Bavarian State Chancellery on October 18, 2016; Centre: Michel Lafleur and Gunnar Wiegand © Bavarian State Chancellery

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.

Québec at the 8th RLS Conference in Munich

From 14 to 15 July, 2016, the 8th Regionl Leaders Summit was held in Munich, Bavaria. The focal topic of this year’s Regional Leaders’ Summit was “Digitalization and Innovation”. With the 8th Regional Leaders’ Summit, the partner regions expanded their cooperation in the fields of economy and science, shaped the developments accompanying digitalization, and opened up future prospects. The strong bilateral relationship between Bavaria and Québec was further strengthened during this multilateral and multiregional conference, with several new cooperation agreements being signed. The 9th RLS Conference will take place in Québec in 2018, where the theme will be ''Energy transition: Towards a low-carbon economy''.

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The Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Bavarian Research Alliance Agree to Support Researcher Mobility

(Premier Philippe Couillard, Prof. Dr. Maryse Lassonde, Dr. Florence Gauzy, Minister Dominique Anglade)

A new funding scheme between the FRQ and BayFOR will provide support to researcher mobility for joint collaborations between Bavaria and Québec. Find the application documents here.

MoU signed between Fraunhofer Silicate Research ISC and Hydro-Québec

The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC and Hydro-Québec are teaming up to conduct research and development into next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air battery materials to be used in transportation electrification. The partnership will focus on inorganic solid electrolytes, especially glass-ceramic electrolytes. In addition to having excellent ionic conductivity, these materials are highly advantageous in terms of safety, thanks to their non-flammable nature.

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Partnership agreement between Umwelt Cluster Bayern and Écotech Québec signed

Following the 8th Regional Leaders Summit of Bavaria’s partner regions in Munich, the Bavarian Environment technologies cluster (Umweltcluster Bayern) signed a formal cooperation agreement with its Québec counterpart, Écotech Québec. The signature ceremony was held on July 15, 2016, in the Munich Residence, in the presence of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Quebec Economic Affairs Minister Ms. Dominique Anglade. The partnership aims at strengthening the clean tech sectors both in Bavaria and in Quebec, as well as networking the economic and scientific activities of both clusters. A continuous information exchange, and the development of a common strategy to identify promising projects and markets shall be the key to achieving this goal.

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