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Launch of Franco-German joint research initiative

The Franco-German initiative “Make our Planet Great Again”, initiated after the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement in June 2017, can finally start. 

An expert jury of DAAD has selected 13 renowned international researchers who will start projects on climate, energy and earth system research in Germany. 7 out of the 13 scientists come from the United States, 2 from the UK and the others from Switzerland, Canada, South Korea and Australia, respectively. They were selected from around 300 applicants. 

On the French side, coordinated by Campus France, 18 researchers were selected in the first phase and 3 more recently joined them, for a total of 21 international researchers (out of 1822 formal applications). Also in this case, the majority of applications came from the United States, followed by the UK and India. 

In the coming months, the participants will set up their own research group at the respective university or external research institution. In addition, regular meetings and conferences are planned with researchers from both sides, in order to consolidate the Franco-German research cooperation. The research groups will focus on: Climate Change, Energy Transition and Earth System Research. The programme is designed for a total of five years and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 15 Million euro (for the German side) and by the French Ministry of Foreign Affaires and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation with 30 Million euro (for the French side). 

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