Research and technology
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Global challenges demand global solutions rather than go-it-alone efforts. In view of climate change and the growing scarcity of conventional resources their increased use is an absolute must. The Federal Government therefore launched an initiative to found an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) with the aim of accelerating the expansion of renewables around the world. IRENA was founded in 2009.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to be founded in 2009 [pdf, 60.89k]
"Connecting worlds of knowledge" – a research and academic relations initiative
Since 2009 the Federal Foreign Office has been expanding its support for international academic exchanges. This includes a number of new scholarship programmes run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the establishment – in cooperation with research organizations and companies with a strong research focus – of "German science fora" and the creation of new centres of excellence for teaching and research at universities abroad.