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Annette Schavan


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By Annette Schavan
Federal Minister of Education and Research

Germany is one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to innovation. Expenditure on research and development rose to an all-time high of almost 70 billion euros in 2010. In an international comparison, the investments in research and development in Germany are matched by high returns. In view of the high complexity of global challenges and changes, innovative solutions and scientific breakthroughs are needed more than ever before. Climate change, demographic trends, the spread of endemic diseases, the need to safeguard global food supplies and the finite nature of fossil raw materials and energy sources: All of these transformations which are taking place at the same time require comprehensive initiatives geared towards systemic solutions. 

The German government has been bundling numerous research and innovation activities in its High-Tech Strategy since 2006. Its objective: To turn knowledge and ideas in Germany into innovative products as quickly as possible. The further development and implementation of the High-Tech Strategy is oriented on the benefits of technological progress for mankind. It focuses on forward-looking projects in the areas of climate and energy, health and nutrition, mobility, security and communication.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI has been an independent thinker and a trailblazer for new ideas, technologies and services for 40 years. It makes an important contribution to strengthening Germany as a location for innovation and research with its outstanding scientific expertise and systemic research approach. The European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (Eu-SPRI), of which Fraunhofer ISI is one of its members, represents a good opportunity to conduct an intensive dialog about the priority topics of the future and to promote the exchange of information and ideas among science, industry and policymakers. I hope the participants at the Eu-SPRI conference enjoy interesting meetings and discussions in Karlsruhe which may spark valuable impulses and pointers for the innovation system. I also wish the Fraunhofer ISI continued success in its work.

12–13 June 2012
Karlsruhe, Germany

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