Science and innovation underpin the economies of both Germany and the UK. Encouraging work between the two countries therefore produces benefits for both.
To promote international collaboration in science and innovation, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), over 110 officers in over 40 countries.
The SIN Germany team is based in Berlin and Munich. We support UK science and innovation policy objectives through exchange with German counterparts and by reporting on the German science and innovation landscape.
In particular, we support fostering S&I bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, with a particular emphasis on new technologies and technology translation. Promoting UK science excellence and policies across Germany and informing about latest developments impacting S&I such as the UK’s R&D roadmap as well as aspects of the future UK-EU relationship are also key objectives.
Our work includes stakeholder visits to Germany and the UK and events such as the annual Queen’s Lecture at Technical University Berlin. For an overview of the German science and innovation landscape and UK cooperation with Germany, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot here.
SIN Germany works across a wide range of topics, agreeing priorities for the year and running small projects (eg roundtable and panel discussions, thematic debates and workshops, high level visits) to bring together UK and German researchers within areas of mutual interest. Together with our colleagues in Austria and Switzerland we form the SIN DACH region with the overall aim on joining forces to stimulate collaboration in the entire region.
Our work focusses around six priorities:
- UK-German future S&I partnership
- COVID-19 crisis response and future pandemic preparedness
- global health (incl. digital health, AMR, healthy ageing)
- climate (incl. COP26, climate research, sustainable and resilient cities, green recovery from the pandemic)
- emerging technologies (incl. AI/data analytics, quantum, hydrogen and novel battery technology)
- research culture
Beyond the thematic areas SIN DACH promotes latest developments impacting Science and Innovation such as the UK Industrial Strategy, UK’s Build Back Better: our plan for growth, UK’s R&D roadmap, and aspects of the future UK-EU relationship.
For more information about past projects run by officers from around the Network in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel, see the Science & Innovation Network Europe blog
Science & Innovation Network (SIN) team
British Embassy Berlin
Frances Wood SIN Regional Director for Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel (Berlin) Frances.Wood@fcdo.gov.uk
Olaf Kranz Head of SIN Germany, Switzerland & Austria (Berlin) Olaf.Kranz@fcdo.gov.uk
Daniela Reimer Deputy Head of SIN Germany (Munich) Daniela.Reimer@fcdo.gov.uk
Sarah Fowkes Science & Innovation Officer (Berlin) Sarah.Fowkes@fcdo.gov.uk
Heike Hammelehle Project Management (Berlin) Heike.Hammelehle@fcdo.gov.uk