Bavaria renews research cooperation agreement with Alberta


On June 5, 2013, Research Minister Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch and Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier of Alberta and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education signed a bilateral research cooperation agreement, thereby continuing the successful cooperation of the last years. Said Dr. Heubisch: "The exchange with Alberta is an extremely enriching one for Bavaria: both regions boast a strong growth within their federal State. Both partners invest enormously in education and the support of research and science. There lies a great potential for collaboration."

In 2009, Bavaria and Alberta had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to intensify their scientific collaboration. Over the past years, the students and professors exchanges between Bavarian and Albertan institutions have been growing steadily.

One of the showcase projects of this cooperation is the ABBY-Net project: An interdisciplinary research network within wich scientists as well as representatives of industries from both regions tackle the issue of the sustainable co-development of energy and ecosystems. Research workshops and Summer schools offer the frame for international encounters and supporting young academics.

Continued Dr. Heubisch: "The research topics of this network, e.g. the search for more environmental energy production or the influence of climate change on energy systems, are challenges neither of us, Bavaria or Alberta, can afford to avoid. It is all the more important to support common research in this respect."

The agreement signed on June 5, 2013, bases on this prerequisite, according to Dr. Heubisch, and will facilitate even more the bilateral scientific exchanges in the future.

Source: www.stmwfk.bayern.de