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), based in 31 countries around the world.
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 to bring together UK and German researchers within areas of mutual interest. In 2016/ 2017 the UK is partner country for Germany’s Science Year on seas and oceans. The Science Year (Wissenschaftsjahr) is an annual initiative run by the German research ministry (BMBF) to engage and excite the wider public about science, focusing on a different topic every year. Working with the British Council and our German partners, the SIN team is running projects throughout the year to highlight UK-German cooperation on marine science and identify areas where we can work together more closely.
Other work focuses around four areas, including data and ICT as a cross-cutting priority. These are:
- High value manufacturing
- Health and life sciences
- Future cities
- Clean energy
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
Chris Bradley SIN regional director for Europe, Russia and Turkey (Berlin) Chris.x.Bradley@fco.gov.uk
Ulrike Hillemann-Delaney Deputy Head of SIN Germany, Switzerland & Austria (Berlin) Ulrike.Hillemann@fco.gov.uk
Hannah Sehan Science & Innovation Officer (Berlin) Hannah.Sehan@fco.gov.uk @sehanha
Muzinée Kistenfeger Science & Innovation Officer (Munich) Muzinee.Kistenfeger@fco.gov.uk
Heike Hammelehle Project Management (Berlin) Heike.Hammelehle@fco.gov.uk
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