Project Partners


International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre, Germany

The International Bureau (IB) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) implements, on behalf of the BMBF, a wide range of international cooperation activities. The IB is part of the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which is the largest funding agency working for the BMBF and other governmental bodies. It provides direct services to the Ministry and also administers BMBF support for German Universities, public research institutions and industries to identify and develop international links in strategic fields of mutual interest. The IB is preparing joint research activities in strategic fields of common interest, linked to national and European research funding programmes. It supports bilateral cooperation programmes in S&T with approximately 50 countries around the world in order to facilitate the preparation and implementation of international cooperation of German institutions. For these programmes BMBF provides an annual budget of approximately €10million. In addition, IB coordinates a number of accompanying measures to set up a framework for the stimulation of future cooperation in close cooperation with BMBF.

The International Bureau currently participates in a number of EU projects for setting up frameworks for international cooperation, e.g. SEE-ERA-NET (Western Balkans), EULANEST (Latin America) and CO-REACH (China). The IB is involved in all current INCO-Net projects and co-ordinates the SEA-EU-NET (INCO-NET with South-East-Asia).
Key person in charge of the project

Dr. Hans-Jörg Stähle studied mineralogy at University Bonn and received his PhD in 1988.

From 1988 until 1995 he worked as a research scientist in various positions, mainly in materials sciences, at DLR's Research Centre in Stuttgart.

In 1996 he joined the International Bureau of BMBF as Senior Scientific Officer. In this position he gained rich experience in the stimulation of bilateral cooperation with countries in Asia, Latin America and the Pacific (Australia, New Zealand). Currently he is in charge of the bilateral cooperation with Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

He also has experience with EU projects and was involved in the preparation and initial stages of the ERA-NET (EULANEST), the INCO-NET (EULARINET) and one BILAT (UEMEXCyT II) with Latin America. 


Australian National University, Australia

The Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology cooperation (FEAST) is an established high-profile unit dedicated to facilitating effective research cooperation between Europe and Australia. FEAST is hosted by the Australian National University (ANU) on behalf of the entire Australian research and innovation community. The ANU is the legal entity for FEAST in relation to any contract with the EC and the current contract with the EC is the FEAST Extension, Enhancement and Demonstration project (FEED).

The overall objectives of FEAST's activities are to:

  • maximise the likelihood that opportunities for attractive and feasible research cooperation exploiting Australian capability of use to Europe are exploited effectively
  • maximise the likelihood that Australian researchers can exploit attractive and feasible cooperation opportunities with the far larger European research, development and demonstration effort.

The unit plays an active role in facilitating European-Australian research and innovation cooperation via a two-pronged approach: 1) informing the evolution of public policies and funding arrangements that impact upon international research and innovation cooperation, and; 2) formulating effective strategies toward international research and innovation cooperation at the institutional level (in universities, research agencies, businesses and non-government organisations) and advising on tactics at the individual group or team level. Since its launch in 2001, FEAST has defined and promoted a model for international research cooperation facilitation units that have been rolled out on a wider scale by the European Union.

The current phase of FEAST marks a significant new phase in this developmental process. It aims to define and demonstrate new, more strategic and policy-related approaches to fostering a truly international research and innovation system. A more integrated global research and innovation effort is critical to addressing major global challenges through enhanced economies of scale and scope together with reduced duplication in research efforts. This particular project is pioneering the application of a suite of methods and technical tools designed to lead to more effective decision-making. This includes carrying out analyses using quantitative indicators of research and innovation performance in order to map collaborative activity and to inform the policy community of the benefits arising from support for international research collaboration.

Key person in charge of the project

Dr Mark Matthews is Strategic Director of FEAST and Executive Director of the new HC Coombs Policy Forum at ANU. Mark has a long-standing interest in the international political aspects of S&T cooperation and of national differences in science and innovation capability. He also has extensive private sector experience in public policy consulting in both the United Kingdom and Australia. His major qualifications include a B.A. (Hons) in Geography, an MSc. in Science, Technology and Industrialisation and a Doctorate (D.Phil) in Science and Technology Policy, all from the University of Sussex, UK.

In addition to his business experience, he has held positions in the universities of Sussex (Research Fellow, Science Policy Research Unit), Bath (Research Fellow, School of Management) and Warwick (Senior Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Department of Engineering).


British Council, UK

The British Council was incorporated by a Royal Charter in 1940, and received a Supplementary Charter in 1992. It exists "To advance any purpose which is exclusively charitable and which shall promote a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom; develop a wider knowledge of the English language; encourage cultural, scientific, technological and other educational cooperation between the United Kingdom and other countries; or otherwise promote the advancement of education".

The British Council is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body, a Public Corporation (in accounting terms), and is registered in England, Wales and Scotland as a charity. It is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, and its purpose is defined as being to "build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide". The Council has 7,900 staff in offices, teaching centres, libraries, and information and resource centres in the UK and 110 countries and territories worldwide.

The Council promotes international scientific cooperation as a way of building long-term relationships and trust for the UK. The science sector is organised under two interdependent areas of interest: "excellence in international science", to engage and influence scientific communities, and "understanding science in society", to spread awareness and appreciation of the UK with wider international audiences.

"Excellence in International Science" sustains communications for innovation, stressing engagement and wealth creation, is targeted at scientific communities, engineers and research managers around the world, and has two key outputs: i) scientific collaboration through exchange of ideas & knowledge, and ii) sustained relationships & networks between young scientists. "Understanding Science in Society" sustains communications about innovation, stressing cultural relevance and social wellbeing, is targeted at the public, policymakers and other communities of interest, and has two key outputs: i) international awareness of the UK's role in scientific creativity, and ii) collective debate about the impacts of science on people's lives.

Key person in charge of the project

Dr Lloyd Anderson is the British Council's Director of Science, Engineering and Environment, based in London. He is responsible for: 1) Setting corporate policy in science, engineering and environment in close consultation with key UK stakeholders and partners; 2) Translating that global policy into strategies at the regional and local level and ensuring BC teams overseas have the right activities and programmes to promote UK science effectively; and 3) Networking at senior level within the UK science community and Whitehall to build understanding and support for BC's work.

The sector has a global budget of £10m, with programmes and science network representatives in 70 countries.


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia's national research agency, employing over 6,500 staff at more than 50 national and international sites. CSIRO has a distinctive role in the Australian national innovation system, exploiting its broad research capabilities to focus on the big issues facing the nation - such as water, energy, climate change, sustainable agriculture and preventative health. CSIRO's approach to tackling these big problems and delivering new and practical solutions is to form large, multi-disciplinary teams with diverse skills and expertise, who work in close partnership with others in the global innovation system as well as with the end-users of our research. CSIRO's National Research Flagships initiative, established in 2003, provides an innovative framework for the management of such large research programs, with research and external engagement activity directed towards ambitious long-term goals. This approach mirrors the EU Framework Programme format in that cross portfolio collaboration and a focus on outcomes is fundamental to addressing the complex problems involved.

Key person in charge of the project

Dr Dirk Albert Joubert studied Wine Biotechnology at the University of Stellenbosch and received his PhD in 2004. From 2004 to 2007 he worked as a research scientist in several positions, mainly in plant molecular biology at Stellenbosch University.