The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) today announced an expansion to its German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH). The sixth German Centre for Research and Innovation outside Germany will be located in San Francisco in the United States.
"The German Centres for Research and Innovation are an excellent showcase presenting research and innovation 'made in Germany'," said DAAD President Professor Joybrato Mukherjee in Bonn. With the new San Francisco location, the network is extending its IT and AI focus in a particularly dynamic region of the world. "The collaboration between students and graduates of top Californian universities such as Stanford and Berkeley and with companies in the area enables a globally unique link between research and start-up culture. This new centre now offers those involved in German research and innovation better opportunities to present themselves optimally in situ and to network," Mukherjee continued.
The West Coast of the USA is a convincing location
San Francisco was the frontrunner as a new location for several reasons: the city is considered an "innovation hotspot" with a global impact; there is intense on-site exchange between research and industry. In addition to leading global companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google, the region offers a unique start-up culture and diverse networking opportunities in the field of forward-looking technologies. Alongside the existing Centre for Research and Innovation in New York City, San Francisco is a second attractive American city hosting DWIH events that network research and business. The opening of the new centre is planned for 2021.
The German Centres for Research and Innovation
The DWIH are an association of German research organisations, higher education institutions and the research industry and are supported by the German Foreign Office. At five locations worldwide in New York, São Paulo, Moscow, New Delhi and Tokyo, the DWIH present the German research and innovation landscape at specialist events, offer research collaborations with the respective country and enable close international networking of innovation leaders. German research and innovation facilities at DWIH locations outside Germany also benefit from the expertise of the DWIH staff on site. The members of the DWIH Board of Trustees decided to expand the network at their meeting yesterday, chaired by the German Foreign Office and co-chaired by the German Rectors' Conference.
Since 2017, the German Foreign Office has been funding all DWIH on an institutional basis through the DAAD, which has also assumed management of the centres. DWIH sponsors are an alliance of the German research organisations (which includes the DAAD), the DIHK and BDI business associations as well as the German Federal Ministries of Education and Research, Economic Affairs and the Foreign Office.