Canada: A Partner in Science, Research and Innovation

Germany and Canada signed a government on scientific and technological cooperation in 1971 and have been cooperating successfully for more than 40 years. The cooperation priorities have been adjusted to political priorities over the years.

Canada is becoming an increasingly important strategic partner for Germany. © Thinkstock

Working Hand in Hand for Tomorrow’s Bio-Based Economy

One common focus area is crop breeding. Germany and Canada are both striving to achieve a bio-based economy and conducting research hand in hand to ensure the innovative and sustainable use of natural resources. Besides universities and non-university research institutions, a number of businesses in both countries have also been involved in the collaborations right from the start.

Arctic Research

More and more, Canada is becoming a strategically relevant partner for Germany in the field of Arctic research. This is not only because of Canada’s geography but also because Canada offers efficient infrastructures and a network of excellent scientific institutions which are carrying out research in the Arctic. The paramount German partner in bilateral research activities is the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. Marine and terrestrial geological research is a key area within the broad range of fields of cooperation. Many of the joint activities are also related to the geological record of climate change. This allows researchers to also predict climate development in the Arctic region.

Earth observation is another central focus area. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is cooperating with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) and various universities. Their efforts focus on sharing radar data and the reciprocal use of the ground receiving stations.

Joint Projects in “Advanced Manufacturing – Industrie 4.0”

The first bilateral call for proposals on the topic “Advanced Manufacturing - Industrie 4.0” was published with partners from Canada in 2018. The call is based on a collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the National Research Council (NRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The targeted focus areas of the call include mechanical engineering and automation, logistics and services, and industrial ICT applications. The funding measure is aimed at German and Canadian players from science and industry. Seven collaborative projects involving more than 30 partners are benefiting from funding.