The Greek-German research and innovation program "shines like a bright lighthouse in bilateral cooperation," Deputy Education and Research Minister of Germany Thomas Rachel said in Athens on Monday.
Addressing a Greek-German innovation forum at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rachel said that from its founding in 2013 to the present 47 projects have been completed or are near completion with partners from the business and science sectors in both countries. Germany and Greece have invested nearly 14 million euros in the program, he noted, which "focuses on the special relationship between the two countries."
When setting up the program, he noted, the German Education ministry and the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology focused on sectors of great importance to both countries and Europe - energy, health, informatics, biosciences, and social and humanistic sciences - as well as on bringing young scientists on board international research projects relating to the EU "Horizon 2020" program.
Some results of the currently running programs, Rachel said, will be presented in Berlin in the spring of 2020.