Germany, a leading science nation, excels in research and development (R&D) and has the European Union’s largest innovation system. This comes as no surprise, as the federal government has invested heavily in universities, research institutions and scholarship programmes, thereby attracting outstanding talent from within the country and all around the world. Total government investment in R&D grew by a whopping 60 per cent from 2005 to 2013. Germany has also launched the much-acclaimed “Excellence Initiative”, which resulted in hundreds of high-profile research collaborations and added some 20,000 science jobs. Furthermore, in 2015, Federal Minister of Research and Education Johanna Wanka announced an additional investment of ₹36,500 crore in science from 2018–2028.
Cooperation at an international and European level is an essential cornerstone of innovation and research in Germany. There is a great interest in science and technology in German society, and scientists are highly respected and recognised as an integral part of the country’s identity. What’s Up, Germany? brings you a glimpse of the “land of ideas”.