Approximately 90 guests from the economic, academia and research domains in Romania and Germany took part in the “Potential for Future German and Romanian Cooperation in Research and Innovation” workshop organized by the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Romania), an event that took place at the Bucharest Polytechnic University (photo).
The goal of the event was the initiation and development of bilateral research and development relations between Romanian and German companies and research institutes.
The topics tackled at the workshop concerned engineering and motor vehicle manufacturing, microsystems, energy and environment technologies. The representatives of the Bucharest Polytechnics University’s Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages (FILS) and of the German Embassy in Bucharest opened the event.
The speeches were followed by individual talks with German participants. Those present expressed their satisfaction with the interesting talks and the important contacts made. Ms. Petra Jung Erceg from Faunhofer ISI was thus able to discover not only that various Romanian institutions show an enormous interest in collaborating in various sectors of new technology integration, but also that Romania already has its own activities in many domains. “For Frauenhofer ISI it would be of great interest to deepen as soon as possible the new contacts in the industrial and institutional domain as part of concrete joint projects,” Jung Erceg stated.
Mr. Ralf Hagedorn from the German Aerospace Agency considers that research organizations in Romania are, at least since Romania’s EU accession in 2007, among the most active partners of German institutions. “Especially in the motor vehicle manufacturing, IT&C and environment technologies domains, Romania has an important potential of cooperation for countries in the Danube region. Through close collaboration, bilateral cooperation offers an important contribution to the EU strategy that concerns the Danube region and thus contributes to the integration of research and development between countries located along the course of the Danube,” Hagedorn emphasized.
Adrian Volceanov, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages, expressed his satisfaction with having hosted and co-organized an event on the potential future of innovation, an event that has enjoyed a numerous audience and that sought to intensify cooperation between the German and Romanian research institutes and companies. “It was a framework of debate on the financing opportunities for research and for the formation of new project partnerships. A good opportunity to get to know better and to develop new ways of research into new technologies.”
The workshop was part of a wider project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.