3rd German Science Day in Vietnam: hands-on environment and development solutions

On 30 October 2019, a German Science Day took place in Hanoi, Vietnam. The third event in this format was opened by Ambassador Dr. Hildner, Deputy Minister Prof. Duy in the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and BMBF Head of Unit Kathrin Meyer. The event brought together more than 200 listeners from universities, research institutes and companies from both countries for a lively professional exchange.

Participants at the 3rd German Science Day in Vietnam
Participants at the 3rd German Science Day in Vietnam © Pham, Duc Hiep

The German Science Day has become a brand in promoting the research cooperation between Germany and Vietnam. Numerous joint projects are researching hans-on solutions for environmental and development issues in Vietnam. A conveyor system for drinking water in karst areas, alternatives to the polluting extraction of sand from rivers, and concepts for sustainable urban planning in the context of the increasing pressure from climate change are just some examples of the range of short lectures that offered an insight into future-oriented technologies and planning processes. The presentation of funding opportunities in both countries was a key feature of the event, as was a poster session to initiate a deeper exchange of expertise.

Coffee breaks and a final lunch gave participants the time to discuss further project ideas and make new contacts. The trustful cooperation between the partner ministries, the International Bureau of DLR-PT, the DAAD field office and the BMBF project office in Hanoi ensured that the German Science Day was once more a success this year.

More than 200 participants attest to the great interest in bilateral cooperation and in the 'Science Day' format. The next German Science Day in Vietnam is scheduled for 2021.