Among the developed countries, Canada is an increasingly important partner for collaboration in the area of research and education. Topics of joint interest primarily include environmental research, energy, biotechnology and medical research, nanotechnology and Arctic research. In 2011, the 40th anniversary of the agreement provided the opportunity to further intensify the cooperation as part of a joint anniversary year and to launch new trendsetting projects.
Germany is one of the few countries with which Canada has concluded an intergovernmental agreement regarding scientific and technological collaboration. The agreement came into force on 30 June 1971 and has led to a dynamic bilateral collaboration in science and technology. In 2011, the 40th anniversary of the agreement provides the opportunity to further intensify the cooperation as part of a joint anniversary year.
In addition, a cultural agreement with Canada has been in force since 1975. In 2002, the BMBF, acting on behalf of the Federal Government, signed a joint declaration with Canada to establish an exchange programme for young workers. Moreover, an agreement between Canada and the EU was finalised in 1999.
Alongside this contractual framework, it should be highlighted that Canada has made substantial R&D investments in universities, research institutions and industry in the last few years. This has resulted in significant potential for the collaboration.
Over the course of the collaboration, the key areas of cooperation have been adapted to the national priorities of both countries, and currently focus essentially on the following areas:
A highlight of bilateral cooperation
In neuroscience, German and Canadian scientists are collaborating intensively and productively, primarily within the framework of European initiatives, e.g. the ERA-NET NEURON ("Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research"). Canadian partners are also involved with the "Centers of Excellence in Neurodegeneration (COEN)" and the "Joint Programming Neurodegeneration (JPND)", both of which are first and foremost initiatives of European nations. German and Canadian scientists are similarly collaborating on the issue of neuroscience and ageing.
In addition to funding from the BMBF's specialist programmes, the division responsible for cooperation with Canada (214) supports various activities (e.g. workshops) and the promotion of young researchers. Initiatives for promoting Germany as a study and research location are also gaining in importance.
Special activities of the International Bureau
At the Max Planck – University of British Columbia Center for Quantum Materials, German and Canadian scientists are cooperating in the area of new materials. These measures are being supported by the International Bureau for several years.
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Projektbeispiel (URL: http://www.bmbf.de/_media/Erfolgsblatt_CAN_06Q_03_1Seite.pdf)
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