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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Aerospace, Gaming and AR/VR/AI delegation to Québec 2018

To strengthen the well-developed relations between Bavaria and Québec, a delegation of Bavarian experts from research and industry visited Montréal and Québec City from May 14-18, 2018. Led by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology the visit focussed areas in aerospace, technologies in gaming, virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence. These sectors are of high relevance in research to both regions. 

The trip included working sessions with partners from science, such as CRIAQ, McGill University, NRC, Milieux Concordia, FRQNT, and IVADO. Furthermore, highly specialized partners from industry like Behaviour Interactive, Bombardier Aerospace, Moment Factory, Element AI, and Rodeo Fx presented their work to the political, economic, and scientific delegates.

Delegation to Québec 2018
Photo credit: Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology

Some of the delegation’s members also participated in the Regional Leaders Summit (RLS). The Government of Québec chairs this network of partner regions for 2018.
Read more about RLS-Sciences.
Read more about the delegation to Québec.

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.

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.

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.
Read more here.

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.

Read more here.

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