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50 Years of German-Canadian STI Cooperation
50 Years German-Canadian Science Technology Cooperation
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bilateral Intergovernmental Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement signed in 1971 by Canada and Germany, paving the way for a successful partnership between both countries to advance technological innovation and scientific excellence.

As a result of five decades of close and amicable partnership, collaboration between Canada and Germany on science, technology, and innovation (STI) today extends to various fields and includes more and more organizations.

Under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC), together with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the German-Canadian STI community celebrates in 2021 the successful and trustful transatlantic collaboration through a series of events highlighting the diversity of research and technology projects.
Interview Series on STI Cooperation
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the STI Intergovernmental Agreement, the GCC wants to showcase success stories of bilateral cooperation in a series of interviews with members of the GCC network.

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Canadian Patron
Isabelle Poupart

Chargée d'Affaire,
Embassy of Canada to Germany

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Isabelle Poupart

German Patron
Her Excellency
Sabine Sparwasser

Ambassador of Germany in Canada

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Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser

Canada Meets Germany Network
Dr. Matthias Mück

President of the Canada Meets Germany Network

Chairman of the German Canadian Concourse

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Matthias Mueck

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Greetings from the Canadian Patron of the GCC
Chargee d Affaire Isabelle Poupart

Isabelle Poupart

Chargée d'Affaire,
Embassy of Canada to Germany

« As we seek to address the critical challenges facing humanity, it is difficult to think of two better suited partners than Canada and Germany. We both value and respect democracy and human rights, we both are actively pursuing a green energy transition to achieve similar net-zero goals and we both strive to create a sustainable, robust and fair society with economic opportunities for all. These shared goals are also underpinned by long-standing political, cultural and academic linkages, as well as robust commercial relations. The German Canadian Concourse (GCC) is a prime example of the vitality of Canada-Germany bilateral relations and of our collective interest in achieving our goals through innovation and science. I am pleased to be the patron of the Concourse. Initiated in 2012 by the Canada Meets Germany Network, the GCC gathers experts to discuss an issue of current bilateral interest. The program includes a transatlantic conference session (co-hosted at Kanada Haus, the premises of the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, with a video link to a co-host institution in Canada) and a "field trip" to a partner organization to enrich the participants' understanding of the conference theme. This has proven to be a successful formula! Given today's turbulent geopolitical context, it is clear that friendship and cooperation is more important than ever to achieve our goals. Based on the positive response from participants and speakers at previous Concourses, I warmly encourage the involvement of German and Canadian professionals in the Concourse to fuel constructive dialogue and to expedite bilateral projects.

The Embassy Team looks forward to welcoming the next iteration of the German Canadian Concourse at Kanada Haus in November! »

Greetings from the German Patron of the GCC
« Dear supporters and friends of the German Canadian Concourse,

Over the past years we have seen the continued growth and success of a unique transatlantic initiative: the German Canadian Concourse. Although Germany and Canada have created many bilateral exchange institutions, the Concourse provides a platform for connection that is new. Nowhere else can leaders of all disciplines from both sides of the Atlantic focus in the same way on innovation and the future.

Your symposia underline our common and critically important commitment to the exciting opportunities provided by international cooperation in science and technology. The personal connections made here contribute not only to stronger ties between Germany and Canada, they also demonstrate to a world under pressure that cooperation is the way forward for all of us.

I am truly honoured to be the patron of such a shining example of transatlantic partnership. »
Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser

Her Excellency
Sabine Sparwasser

Ambassador of the Federal Republic
of Germany in Canada

Greetings from the Chairman of the GCC
« Canadian-German relations are manifold and have an important part in the transatlantic exchange. Germany and Canada have established over many decades a fruitful partnership in the fields of business, technology, research, culture and politics. Canadian-German initiatives have an influence on European and North-American cooperation; yet, they do not receive the public attention they deserve.

The German Canadian Concourse (GCC) actively illustrates the various facets of the German-Canadian partnership. By highlighting specific areas of this transatlantic cooperation, the GCC is contributing to a better awareness of the importance of the relations between Germany and Canada and initiates fruitful discussions about future bilateral projects.

Despite the geographical distance and the embedment into different ecosystems, both countries share on many levels similar political, economic and societal challenges; those common challenges are filling the theme pool for the Concourse.
Matthias Mueck Dr. Matthias Mück

President of the Canada Meets Germany Network

Chairman of the German Canadian Concourse

With the ratification and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, the German-Canadian partnership is gaining in importance. Canada's strategic role for European companies as a springboard to the North-American market will grow, while Canada will expand its cooperation with Europe. This coalescence process will be benefitted by German-Canadian linkages and the German Canadian Concourse will play its part in maintaining and growing these connections.

With the organization of annual events, the GCC brings together people who share a common interest in a range of bilateral topics and who are motivated to put the theme in a Canadian-German context. Driven by this idea, the Concourse has contributed to diverse experts' dialogues on transatlantic start-up ecosystems, technology cooperation in space, energy efficiency aspects in transportation, e-health and telemedecine, autonomous flying and artificial intelligence – to name a few.
The GCC is recognized as a prime forum to explore current trends in both economies, to gain insight into latest policies, to receive information on social initiatives and to expand professional networks. The Concourse has a track record of connecting business partners at its conferences and has facilitated the transatlantic endeavours of Canadian and German start-ups.

The transatlantic character of the German Canadian Concourse is underlined through running the conference simultaneously at two hubs, in Berlin and in a metropolis in Canada, both sessions being interlinked via video conference, jointly moderated and broadcast to the internet. This literal transatlantic dialogue allows the participation of a much larger audience and guarantees a representative reflection of views from both sides of the Atlantic.

In this sense, the German Canadian Concourse is a unique platform to grasp the real-time transatlantic dialogue.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the next German Canadian Concourse. »



The GCC Match-Making Process
Match-Making The German Canadian Concourse is about match-making.

Bringing together German and Canadian thought leaders from topic-matter relevant industries, academic institutions and the public sector during the daylong event creates a unique opportunity to generate transatlantic linkages between participants.

Provided in part by the Transatlantic Symposium format, which uses a live video-link connecting the German and Canadian Concourse Hubs, the GCC also offers a custom match-making service built into the conference itself. As part of this service, participant profiles generated during the registration are used to connect matched parties ad-hoc using video booths to bridge the Atlantic whenever required.

Participants are offered the option to have their personal profiles included into a follow-up on potential transatlantic opportunities.

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