The Foreign Office was responsible for the overall coordination of “Germany in Japan 2005/2006”. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) took over the management of science, education, research and technology projects. The activities are coordinated by the Ministry of Science and Research for the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia. The interdisciplinary presentation of the main priorities of German science and research will serve the purpose of adding to an awareness of Germany as a dynamic high-technology country, a high-performing research location and a desirable partner for cooperations in scientific research and technological development.
A Coordination Bureau was set up inside the BMBF’ International Bureau in July 2003 which coordinates the projects of the scientific pillar (www.internationales-buero.de ). This office is the centralised point of call for scientific, research and agent organisations as well as ministries at federal and state level. It not only systematically recorded all research, science, education and technology projects, but also set up a network for the different actors and coordinated projects.
As part of the initiative “Germany Year in Japan 2005/2006”, Germany presented itself across Japan in the fields of science, industry and culture between April 2005 and March 2006. Around 300 events took place in the area of science alone, which was managed by the BMBF, making attractive contributions to presenting German science, research, technology and education.
With its varied and interdisciplinary presentations, the Germany Year contributed to spreading knowledge about modern Germany. In Japan, Germany was presented as a dynamic high-tech country, a high-performing location for research and a partner for research and development cooperations.
The key topics of the science presentation in the Germany year were: environmental, traffic and health research as well as selected topics of bio- and nanotechnology as well as information and communication technology.
The special importance of the scientific cooperation was also demonstrated by the broad involvement of German science institutions in the Germany Year: In addition to universities, the Helmholtz Association, the Max-Planck and Leibniz Association, the Fraunhofer Association and the German Research Association were also involved. The German Academic Foreign Service also organised events, including in cooperation with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.