Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow underlines pragmatic cooperation with neighbouring countries
Pragmatism in cooperation in education, research and innovation, even beyond the major European discussions, is required and practiced practice in the border triangle of Saxony, Poland and the Czech Republic. This was highlighted today by Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow at the German-Polish-Czech Science Platform On Cross-Border Innovations for Central Europe in Dresden. And: »Cooperation strengthens not only the regions on the border, but the whole of Europe.«
Saxony can look back on a number of successful existing cooperations as well as planned cross-border projects with Poland and the Czech Republic in the field of research and science. The most recent example is the opening of the Czech-German research platform »Leibniz GWZO Prague« of the Czech Academy of Sciences together with the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig in mid-September 2021.
In his welcoming address to the Science Platform, the Minister cited the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) in Görlitz, the german-Polish Research Center for Digital Interdisciplinary Systems Research, which is affiliated to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, as an outstanding example of cooperation with Poland. Sebastian Gemkow: “We are convinced that CASUS will provide important impulses from the border region for the entire research.”
The Minister also mentioned the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which will in future provide its regional performance centers with international centers of excellence. Together with the TU Liberec, this includes a centre for systems and transfer research and a centre for medical and health technology together with the TU Breslau.
Interreg, the European territorial cooperation as part of the European Union’s structural and investment policy, also supports cooperation in the border triangle. For future cooperation programmes with the Czech Republic and Poland, it was agreed to promote greater cooperation between universities in the narrower border area. The Czech Republic is also intended to support cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises and universities and research institutions in order to improve their integration into innovation processes.
The review of cross-border cooperation in the previous Framework Programme of the European Union for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, shows that this instrument has also been used to weave the web of cross-border cooperation. Researchers from Saxony have worked and continue to work with institutions in the Czech Republic in 139 projects and with institutions in Poland in 161 projects.
Last but not least, Saxony’s neighbours are also taken into account in the process of setting up two major research centres in the two coal regions in the Free State.
During today’s science platform »Cross-border innovations for Central Europe«, the EU service institution ZEUSS of the Saxon Ministry of Science invited representatives of the National Contact Points and other multipliers of EU research funding from the three countries to exchange views on further cooperation with regard to the EU programme Horizon Europe.
The German-Polish-Czech Science Platform Cross-Border Innovations for Central Europe is organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in cooperation with the Free State of Saxony. The aim of the conference is to highlight and further deepen the role of the border triangle of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic in cross-border European cooperation in research cooperation and science infrastructures.
The Science Conference continues the series of german-Polish Science Platforms and german-Czech Technology Conferences.