Brazil is Germany's most important partner in South America, so maintaining cooperative relations between the two countries is a special priority. During the science year, Germany and Brazil will break new ground in their scientific cooperation, particularly in promising fields of the natural sciences and technology. The areas of sustainability research, environmental research and technology, production technology, biotechnology, renewable energy and energy efficiency have already been chosen as the top priorities on the joint agenda. The Brazilian side has also expressed a strong interest in strengthening cooperation in the areas of space research, nanotechnology, engineering and science communication.
The two countries plan to intensify their relations primarily through new bilateral projects and an increased number of student and researcher exchanges. This will strengthen the international competitiveness of both Brazil and Germany and enhance the potential of both research locations.
A large number of science, education and research organizations in Germany and Brazil are partners in the German-Brazilian Year. They will organize numerous conferences, workshops and exhibitions. These measures are designed to appeal to a broader general public.
International Years of Science are a well-established tradition in Germany: successful bilateral science years have already been carried out with Poland, Japan, Egypt, Israel and China. Brazil is the first Latin American country to join their ranks. It was chosen as a partner country partly thanks to the diverse and close links that already exist between Germany and Brazil.
Further information on the German-Brazilian Year and its events is available in German and in Portuguese on http://www.deutsch-brasilianisches-jahr.de.
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