19.09.2016 | Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgian-German Day of Science

Georgia is an important partner for Germany in the Eastern Partnership region. The science and technology cooperation between both counties started in the early 1990s, when Germany was the first country in the European Community to recognise Georgia under international law after it gained independence. On 19 September 2016, a 'Georgian-German Day of Science' in Tbilisi brought together research funding organisations, higher education and scientific institutions as well as individual researchers to present their joint success stories and discuss opportunities for future Georgian-German STI cooperation.

Germany supports bilateral and multilateral STI cooperation projects with Georgian participation. Apart from this bilateral cooperation, Germany also backs Georgia’s efforts to maintain closer ties with the EU, expressed, amongst others, in Georgia’s association to Horizon 2020.

The Georgian-German Day of Science in Tbilisi on 19 September 2016 was organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF). It took place at Tbilisi State University.

Participants discussed the current state of relations and future cooperation perspectives between the two countries and highlighted successful projects implemented by German and Georgian teams.

The German delegation was represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Germany, the Helmholtz Association (HGF), Leibniz Association, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Volkswagen Foundation, Helmholtz associations, and leading scientific research institutions.

The second part of the Science Day provided opportunities for bilateral meetings between interested stakeholders. Research institutions and funding organisations from both countries disseminated information on their activities and major opportunities. The meeting format also allowed attendants to discuss future cooperation related issues.

Source, further details, photos and presentations: Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation