The objective of the German government’s internationalisation strategy is to expand the global networks maintained by German universities, research institutions and business enterprises. At the DLR Project Management Agency, we support this strategy; our core tasks include advancing the mobility and networking opportunities of foreign and German scientists – both experienced academics and aspiring scientists.
This internationalisation strategy and the associated objectives are developed continuously with our support to reflect important recent changes and meet current challenges. This includes developing and structuring the European Research Area and highlighting the importance of international cooperation within vocational education and training.
A coordination group based in our International Office assists this strategic development. Besides providing content support, its tasks include organising the discussion process with research and mediator institutions. In this way, we play a key role in preparing such national conferences as the ‘Linking Knowledge Globally’ conference.
Organised since 2009, the annual international competition ‘Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development’ is an outstanding example of a scientific networking platform. We designed, organised and continue to hold this competition here at the DLR Project Management Agency. It is targeted at exceptional scientific talents from around the world that engage in sustainability research. In 2013, a jury of experts selected 25 talents from 18 countries and invited them to attend a two-week science forum in Germany. They were recruited as ambassadors for research in Germany and have since returned to their home countries to spread the word.