International Symposium 2021

Developing digital technologies from a political, technical and intercultural perspective

International Symposium 2021
International Symposium 2021
International Symposium 2021

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) hosted an International Symposium 2021 ”Developing digital technologies from a political, technical and intercultural perspective” in the Forum Digital Technologies in Berlin and also virtually on September 9th, 2021. International cooperation has a high priority for BMWi.

Stefan Schnorr, BMWi, Director General of Digital and Innovation Policy Department: "The future economic development of Germany and the European Union depends heavily on digitalisation and digital sovereignty. That's why the federal ministry for economic affairs and energy fosters a number of bilateral and multilateral research and development cooperation projects with selected partners countries in the European and international area."

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI): "BMWi supports bilateral and multinational collaboration projects that lead to sustainable and international cooperation networks shaped by mutual trust. These networks are a prerequisite for the worldwide enforcement of standards and norms for digital technologies based on European values.
Germany has a head start in the field of industrial artificial intelligence for Industrie 4.0 and smart services. These strengths are amplified by the international programs of BMWi, so that industrial artificial intelligence will become an export hit for German companies."

During the International Symposium, the participants exchanged experiences on the value and success factors of selected international cooperation projects. The International Symposium offered German and international stakeholders from industry, research and politics a forum for networking, professional exchange and further development of transnational cooperation. Panel discussions as well as live and video messages from various worldwide partners provided comprehensive insights and gave suggestions for further discussions. Among 24 ongoing international cooperative projects (see brochure), 16 presented themselves in the interactive discussions. In addition, there were numerous opportunities for networking for the participants on-site, such as an exhibition of project demonstrators in the showroom of the Forum Digital Technologies. In the exhibition area there were new projects, e.g. the project ULE2 from cooperation within Israeli-German ZIM-Program of BMWi, the project Firesense from cooperation within British-German ZIM-Program of BMWi and the ONCE project from Austrian-German SDI-Program.

The French Ministry MEFR and the German Ministry BMWi announced the pre-selected winners of the joint call on “Franco-German innovation projects on artificial intelligence technologies for risk prevention, crisis management and resilience”. An overview about the pre-selected projects from the first stage of the competition is given as download. The projects are now in the second stage. The intended start of the projects will be in April 2022. With this cooperation France and Germany will strengthen their cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), as agreed in the Treaty of Aachen. Project proposals for Franco-German projects on the use of AI technologies applied for application areas health, economy and sustainability. Five projects were pre-selected for funding in 2022, one project in health, two projects in economy and two projects in sustainability. The Franco-German AI innovation projects will help strengthen the joint research and innovation network and expand the common AI ecosystem. The goal is to develop new AI solutions to make our world more resilient to crises.

More information
- Brochure “International cooperation projects”