Canada and Germany are celebrating 50 successful years of science and technology cooperation which have helped, and continue to help, solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since the 1971 signing of a Canada-Germany Science and Technology (S&T) Agreement it is estimated that more than 1000 joint research projects have materialized, including in priority areas such as space technologies and earth observation, fuel cells, sustainable energy, nanotechnology, photonics, metrology, ocean science, health and genomics, and Arctic science.
“It gives me great pleasure to celebrate the 50th anniversary of cooperation between Canada and Germany in science, technology, and innovation. The 1971 Science and Technology Agreement has been a catalyst for establishing dynamic and enduring relationships benefiting our people and our economies,” Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade said.
“Together, we have collaborated on more than a thousand joint projects, which have spanned the spectrum of research and brought together our governments, research institutes, universities, non-profit organizations, and businesses. For example, over the next 5 years, the Max Planck-University of Toronto Centre for Neural Science and Technology will train more than 25 PhD students in Canada and Germany to create advanced technologies for the study of brain circuits to improve human health,” she added.
“Collaborations like this, in science, technology, and innovation, are built upon a foundation rooted in Canada and Germany’s people-to-people ties, our shared history and our strong trading relationship.
I am pleased that the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement also encourages enhanced cooperation in these fields, accelerating the pace of innovation—and benefiting the small and medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of our respective economies in the process.
The 1971 agreement is a vibrant example of Canada and Germany’s enduring commitment to achieving scientific excellence, to pushing the boundaries of technology, and to ceaselessly innovating, and it sets the tone for the next 50 years of outstanding collaboration.”
“50 years ago Germany and Canada agreed to cooperate closely in science and technology in order to shape the future together. Today Canada is one of our most important partners in scientific cooperation worldwide with a variety of activities and on many different levels: between our governments, universities, numerous companies and many organizations. We also support the exchange between students and young researchers from both countries which lays a decisive foundation for our future cooperation. Over 50 German-Canadian events to celebrate the anniversary in the coming months will make it clear: We still have a lot to do together,” Anja Karliczek, German Minister of Education and Research said.