More than 100 fascinating ideas concerning issues relevant to the future in just twelve months – not a bad outcome by any means. The suggestions came about during the “German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation 2014”, a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey.
Focusing on the future
German and Turkish researchers engaged in a year-long exchange during the joint Year of Science. On their agenda were key issues relating to the future, such as
- population-based health research,
- rare diseases,
- intercultural skills in medicine and psychiatry, and
- climate change.
During the course of the year, the researchers developed some impressive proposals for joint projects, around 100 of which are to be funded. The spectrum of topics is considerable: there are for example projects which aim to analyse stereotypes, the professional networking of women in IT and cooperation in the automotive industry. “The joint Year of Science has enabled us to build bridges which will continue to link Germany and Turkey well beyond the Year of Science itself”, was how German Federal Research Minister Professor Johanna Wanka summed up the initiative.
A vision becomes a reality
One major vision already became a reality during the German-Turkish Year of Science: the Turkish-German University (TDU) opened in April 2014 – in the medium term, 5,000 students will be trained there at five faculties.