The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, made a state visit to Australia from 3 to 5 November 2017, at the invitation of H.E. General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), the Governor-General of Australia.
It was President Steinmeier's first visit to Australia. Download the press release here:
German President Steinmeier's State Visit to Australia
Asia-Pacific Regional Conference Perth 2017
On November 3 to 5 the most significant bilateral conference between Germany and Australia redefined the depth and breadth of economic linkages between our countries and within the region. Political and business leaders explored new investment and trade opportunities with a special focus on the growth in Asia-Pacific. Germany and Australia further discussed how to best leverage their strong ties into the Asia-Pacific.
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Australian-German Start-up Hub Summit in Brisbane, 7 November 2017
The last few months have been very interesting for German-Australian bilateral economic relations, fostering cooperation and trade, innovation and investment – not only between Australia and Germany but also between the start-up industry and the big players of the corporate world.
Start-up cooperation in full swing
""I do not pine for the past at all "
"For worries left behind "
"Germany, Germany is reunited "
"But I, I am still torn.""
Today, we celebrate the Day of German Unity – as we do every year. We have good reason to celebrate the 3 October, the day when East and West Germany again became one.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's 2017 German Unity Day Address
In November, about 20,000 politicians, researchers, diplomats and activists will meet at the annual World Climate Conference 2017 in Bonn, Germany to discuss global climate protection. The challenge is how to mitigate climate change and guard against the already existing impacts.
However, the responsibility should not be placed solely on politicians, since the international climate diplomacy requires perseverance over years and needs the civil society to build up ambition and momentum.
'Climate Change, Risks and Challenges'
During this year’s Falling Walls Lab 2017, held at the Academy of Science’s Shine Dome in Canberra on September 12, Mortaza Rezae won over the jury with his smartphone transport-app for people on the autism spectrum. His prize is a trip to Berlin, where he will participate in the grand finale on November 8 and get the chance to network with experts in his field. Mr Rezae competed against 24 other young researchers from all over Australia and New Zealand.
Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017
The German Embassy is pleased to announce this year’s German Grant for Journalism winner: Ms Jessica Sier from the Australian Financial Review. As this year’s winner, Ms Sier is offered a one week research trip to Germany in the lead-up to the 2017 Federal Election, funded and supported by the German Government. Ms Sier will travel to Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden.
German Grant for Journalism 2017
What we do: The German Sustainbale Development Strategy
What can we do to avoid diminishing the chances of people today and the chances of our children and grandchildren for a prosperous life? How can we preserve natural resources for us and for future generations? The new German Sustainbale Development Strategy shows our commitment to Agenda 2030. Let’s put it into action.
Kosmos Humboldt website - www.kosmos-humboldt.org
Alexander von Humboldt is seen as the last great universal scholar. The first environmental activist, humanist, world traveller and international cosmopolitan. But what is behind the legend?
Discover topics, find information, view videos, take part in the Germany Quiz and in online voting, interact with others: If you want to understand what makes Germany tick and what Germany is busy talking about, then visit deutschland.de and its social-media channels.
On 25th April 2017 the Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce signed a cooperation agreement with Plattform Industrie 4.0. This agreement will further cement cooperation and information sharing between our two countries in the area of Industry 4.0, including the development of global Industry 4.0 standards. The agreement fulfils a recommendation by the Australia-Germany Advisory Group to increase collaboration on digital transformation. The agreement also forms part of the broader cooperation between Australia and Germany on science and innovation.
Prime Minister's Industry 4.0 Taskforce-Cooperation agreement with Plattform Industrie 4.0 (Germany)
Joint Deciaration of Intent on the Energy and Resources Working Group between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
Rainer Baake State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Gordon de Brouwer Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy signed a Declaration of Intent to establish an Australia-Germany Energy and Resources Working Group.
The working group will explore long-term energy strategies in Australia and Germany that create stable investment conditions and increase the energy productivity in both countries, including the diversification of each country's energy supply.
MuOEnergyAG [pdf, 1,074.74k]
40 Years Scientific & Technological Cooperation
It has been 40 years since Germany and Australia signed a cooperation agreement in science and technology. To celebrate this milestone and their ever growing STC cooperation, Australia and Germany are hosting a number of bilateral events this year. Further details on these events and how to participate can be found
(in German only).
Please find further information in regards to the timetable
40 Years Scientific and Technological Cooperation [pdf, 780.32k]