Science and research in Germany

Germany is the Land of Ideas – one of the most innovative countries in the world. Our universities and research centres not only produce research worthy of the label “Made in Germany” but also make attractive partners in the international arena.

Windräder einer Windkraftanlage sind bei Bornstedt in der Nähe von Magdeburg...

Research and technology

Presently research and development-intensive industries account for more than half of all industrial production in Germany. Here you will find information on the major German research institutions.

Research and Academic Relations Initiative

Learn more about the aims of the Research and Academic Relations Initiative 'Connecting worlds of knowledge', its objectives, its instruments, about partner in education. You will also find portraits of foreign scientists in Germany and facts and figures.

Professor Michael Werner and Nicolas Escach from CIERA, Paris

Centers for German and European Studies: A lively, borderless knowledge network

They are important institutions for research on Germany and Europe and drivers of innovation in academic training: the 15 Centers for German and European Studies in eleven countries focus on contemporary issues that transcend the boundaries of individual disciplines. The aim is to educate a young generation of experts on Germany and Europe that will work to achieve international understanding and cooperation. They link the academic, political and public spheres in the country where they are based through their focus on Germany and Europe. Within the framework of its research and academic relations policy the Federal Foreign Office promotes the Centers through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

German-South African Year of Science 2012-2012

New impulses for German – South African cooperation

What will the cities of the future look like? How can resources be used sustainably? How can the economy expand without harming the climate? And can science and research contribute towards solving these global issues? South Africa and Germany are providing answers to these questions with a joint initiative: the German - South African Year of Science 2012/2013, which will be opened by the Federal Minister of Research Annette Schavan and her South African counterpart Naledi Pandor in Cape Town on April 16, 2012.

Flachbildschirme bei der IFa

High-Tech Strategy 2020 for Germany

We want to be able to turn knowledge and ideas into new innovations as rapidly as possible. The German Government is therefore actively pursuing an ambitious strategy for innovation, its High-Tech Strategy 2020.


African Student in Chemnitz

Scholarship programmes: opportunities for the best minds

Stipendiat Zhu Jun, Prof. Jürgen Krause, Uni Göttingen 2010

The Federal Foreign Office funds a variety of scholarship programmes, which are important for the implementation of its research and academic relations policy. The programmes enable the top international specialists of tomorrow to undertake periods of study or research in Germany. At the same time, they lay the foundation for research partnerships with the world’s best minds. Jun Zhu, a lawyer from China and doctoral student in Göttingen, is one of them. Like many highly qualified young graduates from abroad, he receives financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).