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Science and Technology in Canada and Germany. Jennifer E. Decker Counsellor, Science & Technology Embassy of Canada, Berlin Berlin German-Canadian Business Club, 17 Dec 2012. Introduction. Canada-Germany Bilateral Science & Technology Agreement Research and Development Strategies

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science and technology in canada and germany

Science and Technology in Canada and Germany

Jennifer E. Decker

Counsellor, Science & Technology

Embassy of Canada, Berlin

Berlin German-Canadian Business Club, 17 Dec 2012

  • Canada-Germany Bilateral Science & Technology Agreement
  • Research and Development
    • Strategies
    • Partnerships
    • Activities
    • Projects
canada germany s t treaty
Canada-Germany S&T Treaty
  • Over 500 joint research projects in priority areas
  • Future: innovation-based business activities and commercialisation through: tech transfer, partnerships, bilateral R&D cooperation
canada germany s t treaty1
Canada-Germany S&T Treaty
  • Governed by the German-Canadian Commission for Scientific & Technological Cooperation
    • Meets every two years
    • Reviews progress
    • Facilitates coordination and identifies priorities for cooperative research
    • Funding list website:
  • Information Website/Brochure:
canada s t strategy
Canada S&T Strategy

germany s t strategy
Germany S&T Strategy

Information and communication technologies, optical technologies, production and materials technologies, biotechnologies, nanotechnologies, microsystems technologies and innovative services are considered to be drivers of innovations - above all in areas of application such as automotive engineering, medical technology, mechanical engineering and logistics. Developments in these key technologies provide solutions for the challenges of our time…

r d landscapes


Government Research Labs


Max Planck Society

Helmholtz Association

Fraunhofer Society

Leibniz Association


German Research Association (DFG)


Alexander von Humboldt



Government Research Labs

Networks of Centres of Excellence


Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

Foundations – Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

R&D Landscapes
helmholtz canada
Helmholtz + Canada
  • Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative
    • Helmholtz Association & U. Alberta
    • Energy, environment, ecosystem and resource informatics, health
  • Oceans
    • GFZ, GEOMAR, AWI, Dalhousie U, HMRI
    • Oceans, resources, biodiversity, Arctic, weather & climate

  • Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research at The University of Western Ontario
    • Composite Materials for Automotive & Aerospace
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
    • U. British Columbia
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
  • Cell Therapies & Immunology
    • McMaster U.
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapies IZI

max planck society
Max Planck Society

Vladimir Hinkov,

  • Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials
    • Partner institutions provide interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation in broad areas of research
    • Fellowships; Summer/Winter Schools; undergraduate jobs
  • Research Partnership
    • Max Planck Institute for Science of Light & U. Ottawa
    • Quantum nonlinear optics & photonics

arctic space earth observation
Arctic, Space, Earth Observation
  • Arctic
    • International Polar Year Conference & Collaborative Research
    • Oceans Cooperation involves Alfred Wegener Institute
  • Inuvik Satellite Station and Earth Observation
    • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), German Space Agency (DLR)

plant breeding
Plant Breeding
  • BMBF Call for Proposals – BioEconomy Strategy 2030
    • New uses for natural resources
  • Mission of German Researchers to Winnipeg & Saskatoon
    • Lab & Industry Tours
    • Symposium and Project Discussions (Wheat, Canola, Camelina)
    • Aviation Biofuels

Canola – NRC Archives


  • Flight powered by 100 % biofuel at National Research Council Canada
  • Tailing flight to measure emissions
  • Methods to develop sustainable energy and understanding of environmental impact

  • International network for industrial R&D that includes over 40 economies
  • Access to technology partners, expertise and markets
  • SMEs, large companies, universities, research institutes – working together on market-driven projects

John R. McDougall, President NRC, and Prof. Dr. Zoltan Cséfalvay, Hungarian Minister of State for National Economy. (Photographer:Daniel Vegel)

supporting r d in smes
Supporting R&D in SMEs
  • German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)
    • Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM)
  • IRAP
    • Innovation and funding services to accelerate growth of business
international metrology
International Metrology
  • Science of Measurement
  • National Research Council of Canada + Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
    • Redefinition of the kilogram for harmonization of the SI
      • Avogadro project
      • Watt balance

university engagement
University Engagement
  • Canadian U15 (universities)
    • Top research-intensive
    • University Presidents meeting with German U20, Mar’12
    • Canadian U15-DFG Vice President Study Tour, Dec’12
  • Priority Themes:
    • Energy & Sustainability
      • U. Alberta + RWTH Aachen
    • Neuroscience
      • UBC + U. Goettingen
    • Governance, Citizenship & Democracy
      • U. Ottawa + U. Bielefeld

  • Bilateral S&T Commission meeting – November 2013
  • Industrial R&D
  • Strategic Themes:
    • Health
    • Arctic
    • BioEconomy + Aviation Biofuels
    • ‘Key Technologies’
      • Nanotechnology
      • Optics & Photonics
canada s research landscape
Canada’s Research Landscape
  • Panel Report - Jenkins
  • Review of Federal R&D spending and recommendations