Wed. Jul 24th, 2024
U.S.-Germany Joint Committee Meeting Deepens Science and Technology Cooperation

On May 22-23, 2024, the United States and Germany met in Berlin for the biannual Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on science and technology cooperation to chart the future course of the partnership between our scientific communities, grounded in our shared values.  State Secretary for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Sabine Döring opened the discussions.  Director General for European and International Cooperation from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Armin Reinartz co-chaired the discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans, and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Rahima Kandahari.

During the JCM, the United States and Germany noted our robust ongoing collaboration and pledged to increase our cooperation in key policy and research priority areas including biotechnology and biomanufacturing, fusion energy, climate research and modeling, innovation and research security.  The United States and Germany signed a Joint Statement on Cooperation in Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) at the JCM, underscoring a shared desire to deepen cooperation in QIST to realize quantum technologies that benefit humanity.

The U.S. delegation included leaders and experts from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Department of State.  The participating German agencies and organizations included the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as representatives of the German Alliance of Science Organizations including organizations that fund scientific research as well as organizations that perform research.

The meeting was convened under the bilateral Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on Science and Technology Cooperation, which has been in force since 2010 and was renewed in 2020.

U.S.-Germany relations are based on our mutual shared values and vital relationship as friends, trading partners, and Allies.  Our political, economic, cultural, and security relationships, critical to shared prosperity and continued stability, are based on extensive people-to-people ties and close coordination at the most senior levels.

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