UBC & Germany Strengthen Ties to Bolster Research & Speed Industry Innovation

Visit of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier at UBC

Visit of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier at UBC, © UBC


Once collaborators have a strong foundation in place, there’s no stopping the forward momentum. Such is the case with the blossoming relationship between UBC and its German partners. UBC is one of only a few Canadian academic institutions that has research partnerships with three major research organizations in Germany: the Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, which includes the German Aerospace Centre (DLR,) and the Max Planck Society. In 2010, the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials became only the third such centre to be established outside Germany—and in 2021, when the expanded Centre was renewed for a third term, it was the first time an international Max Planck Centre had been extended beyond a 10-year period.

While the two countries have enjoyed a strong alliance dating back to the 1970s, 2023 proved pivotal to the growing UBC connection—particularly in the area of research, and especially with the Faculty of Applied Science.

Last spring, there was the high-profile Vancouver campus visit from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as part of his first official visit to Canada, including a tour of the new city-scale Smart Hydrogen Energy District. The group also met researchers and students working on clean energy and climate change solutions, including UBC experts working closely with German counterparts.

Read the full article and watch the tour that German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier took at UBC.

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