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 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. The team works to support UK science and innovation policy objectives through exchange with German counterparts and reporting on the German science and innovation landscape. It supports collaboration between the German and UK research communities, with a particular emphasis on new technologies and technology translation. Promoting UK science excellence and policies across Germany is also a key objective, e.g. through 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 focuses around five areas, including data science and researcher mobility as a cross-cutting priority. These are:
- future manufacturing
- health and life sciences
- future cities
- clean energy
Beyond the thematic areas SIN DACH promotes latest developments impacting Science and Innovation such as the new UK Industrial Strategy, the creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as well as Brexit-related issues.
Another task is to develop, deliver and contribute to our programme of projects, visits, events and further activities aimed at scoping and facilitating UK-Germany-France collaboration in science and innovation.
For more information about past projects run by officers from around the Network in Europe, Russia and Turkey, see the Science & Innovation Network Europe blog
Science & Innovation Network (SIN) team British Embassy Berlin Wilhelmstrasse 70 10117 Berlin Germany
Frances Wood SIN regional director for Europe, Russia and Turkey (Berlin) Frances.Wood@fco.gov.uk
Olaf Kranz Head of SIN Germany, Switzerland & Austria (Berlin) Olaf.Kranz@fco.gov.uk
Franziska.Bormann Science & Innovation Officer (Berlin) Franziska.Bormann@fco.gov.uk
Sarah Fowkes Science & Innovation Officer (Berlin) Sarah.Fowkes@fco.gov.uk
Daniela Reimer Science & Innovation Officer (Munich) Daniela.Reimer@fco.gov.uk
Heike Hammelehle Project Management (Berlin) Heike.Hammelehle@fco.gov.uk