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New Franco-German research partnership

Researchers on either side of the Rhine intend to intensify their collaboration. A cooperation agreement between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and French research organization CNRS was signed on March 22 at the Fraunhofer House in Munich.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is strengthening its ties with a first-rank partner: The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS, is France's largest research organization. From now on, the two organizations intend to work in closer unison - to the mutual benefit of both parties. They plan to undertake a number of joint activities on a variety of levels, including the organization of conferences and workshops, closer collaboration between research groups, greater participation in scientific exchange programs, and the shared use of equipment and laboratories. The agreement signed by Dr. Bernard Larrouturou, Director of CNRS, and Professor Dennis Tsichritzis, Member of the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, foresees several forms of cooperation, ranging from international scientific cooperation programs to European research groups and laboratory associations. Future laboratory associations will be modeled on the long-standing working relationship between the Fraunhofer-Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe and the research laboratory Bureau d'Économie Théoretique et Appliquée BETA in Strasbourg, which is associated with CNRS. The ISI's director, Professor Frieder Meyer-Krahmer, and his French counterpart at BETA, Professor Patrick Llerena, have set up a joint research committee to define bilateral research projects and bring together the appropriate teams of scientists. This extremely successful model will serve as an example for future joint activities.,

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