Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and her Turkish colleague Nihat Ergün, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, have agreed a German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation for 2014. The aim of the joint research year is to highlight the special importance of cooperation between the two countries and to develop it further. German-Turkish science relations have a long tradition: The two governments can look back on 30 years of research cooperation in 2014.
"International years of science and research are a successful instrument of cooperation. I am pleased that Turkey will be the partner country of our research year in 2014. Turkey is an interesting partner due to the great number and variety of existing scientific relations. Turkey links Europe and Asia, and many people in Germany are of Turkish origin. Both countries will therefore benefit from a year of science and research", Minister Wanka said. The topics that will be addressed during this year cover such key technologies as information and communication technologies, nanotechnology and biotechnology, the challenges of global change, and the humanities and social sciences. Special attention will focus on collaboration between research and industry and the interfaces between science and society.
Relations in the field of science and research date back to 1951. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded numerous bilateral research projects and exchanges of researchers. The flagships of cooperation include the Turkish-German University in Istanbul, where the first students have enrolled for the 2013/2014 winter semester. The establishment of the German-Turkish Advanced Research Centre for Information and Communication Technologies (GT-ARC) in Berlin and Istanbul is another example of the great potential of German-Turkish cooperation, particularly in application-related research.
The research year will be opened in Berlin on 23 January 2014 in the presence of both Ministers. Numerous events will be organized in Germany and Turkey during this year. Research, education and intermediary organizations from both countries will be given an opportunity to present the whole range of their activities to the general public. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research and its Turkish counterpart are each organizing an ideas competition. The aim is to encourage early-career researchers in both countries to engage in cooperation.
The German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation is the seventh in a series of international years of science and research organized by the BMBF together with important partner countries. South Africa, Russia, Brazil and China were partners in the most recent science years. Joint science years form part of the implementation of the Federal Government's Strategy for the Internationalization of Science and Research. Social integration will be a major topic in 2014 in view of the almost 3 million people of Turkish origin living in Germany.
For further information please refer to the announcement of the ideas competition at