Special focus was directed on the collaboration between young scientists from the two countries.
The Year of Science provided new impulses: for instance, greater importance was attached to application-oriented research and development cooperation and the Humanities and Social Sciences were strengthened. The establishment of a Minerva Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences was one milestone on this route. Other priorities during the year included medical sciences and security and environmental research.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has also created an annual award for young scientists, the “Award for Research Cooperation and Highest Excellence” (ARCHES), in order to give greater support to young scientists in the context of the German-Israeli cooperation and to improve their prospects. Minerva Stiftung GmbH manages the call for applications and the selection process.