Established connections

The Queensland Government is forging strong ties with Germany, as are Queensland’s universities. These connections build on our shared priorities and pave the way for new collaborations and potential commercialisations. We are open to developing more opportunities.

Our strategic science relationships and formal agreements are designed to open up opportunities for experts from Queensland and Germany to collaborate in research, industry and healthcare.

The Accord (PDF, 640.0KB) (a Joint Declaration of Intent) signed in 2018 with the President of the German Bundesrat and Governing Mayor of Berlin enables collaborations in science, industry and healthcare. Coordinated by Queensland Health, researchers from Queensland and the Land of Berlin will cooperate and exchange experience in the areas such as health and medical research, and healthcare system design. Together we are already working on a process to inform the future of health care including the use of digital technologies, medical science and innovation, and medical education and training.

The Queensland Government has committed $3 Million to support the Joint Declaration of Intent for Cooperation in Bioeconomy (PDF, 91.3KB) between the Queensland Government and Federal Republic of Germany to support collaborative research projects in the field of bioeconomy. The funding is part of the Queensland Government’s $150 Million Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2022–2032. The 2023 Queensland Germany Bioeconomy Collaborative Science Program under this agreement, is now closed, with the applications being assessed jointly by Queensland and Germany. The intention is that there will be further application rounds in the future.

The Declaration of Intent (DoI) (PDF, 596.4KB) between Queensland and the Bavaria state government in Germany signed in 2023 will foster new research collaboration in topics important to both regions including: green hydrogen, synthetic fuels and energy storage; artificial intelligence; quantum technologies; additive manufacturing; biomedical research; and aerospace.

Griffith University, QUT, The University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland each have significant partnerships and collaborations with Germany institutions such as Fraunhofer, Max Planck Institute, the Technical University of Munich, BMW and the German Space Agency.

There are many University to University agreements under the Australia–Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme. The Scheme is an initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) that fosters research collaboration of the highest quality and supports exchanges for researchers from member universities in Germany and Australia. More than 70 Queensland-German university research projects have been funded under this scheme since 2015.

Queensland offers a globally unique proposition

Download or share the Queensland + Germany – Collaborating on Science fact sheet (PDF, 1.4MB) .

Academic Excellence - German Immersion and Extension

The German Immersion and Extension Program (GIEP) is a program of academic excellence at Kenmore State High School and Ferny Grove State High School which offers students an exciting opportunity to develop a very high level of German language proficiency. Brisbane German Language School offers German language courses at St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly.

Brisbane German Week

The Brisbane German Week is an annual multicultural event held in the first week of October that showcases the rich spectrum of collaborations between Germany and Queensland. The event includes Science and Innovation Day with the latest updates on joint research outcomes.