The University has multiple ties with German Institutions ranging from individual collaborations between researchers to major institutional initiatives and partnerships. Here are a few examples of recent accomplishments.
Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation
On May 5, 2016 the president of the German Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Dr. Helmut Schwarz, visited the University of Ottawa. Dr. Schwarz, a chemist by training, gave a seminar at the Department of Chemistry. He also gave a talk about German-Canadian research relations, followed by remarks from Professor Boyd, a uOttawa Humboldt Awardee. The Foundation offers a multitude of programs for researchers at all stages of their career, from the postdoctoral fellow to the internationally recognised cutting-edge researcher. Every year the Foundation grants more than 700 research fellowships and awards, primarily to academics in the natural sciences and in the humanities. Fellowships and awards from the Foundation are considered to be among the most prestigious and generous awards in Germany.
Max Planck Society
The University of Ottawa and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen have established a strong research partnership through international workshops and collaborative research projects. To formalize the partnership, the two institutions signed an agreement in 2012 to collaborate on research in photonics, nonlinear optics, and quantum optics. Based on this agreement, the Max Planck–University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics was established in May 2015. The unveiling ceremony took place on April 13, 2016 in the presence of the president of the Max Planck Society, Dr. Martin Stratmann. The president took the opportunity to meet with Allan Rock and with high-level representatives from Canadian Science and Innovation Organizations during a luncheon organized by the Office of the Vice-President, Research. He also met with a group of uOttawa Faculty members involved in research with various Max Planck Institutions in Germany. With a yearly budget of 1.7 billion euros, the MPS is internationally recognized for its cutting-edge research and is with 18 laureates one of only two non-US institutions in an elite Top 10 that produces Nobel Prize winners.
Canada–Germany Initiative on Governance, Citizenship and Democracy
Following a 2012 meeting between the U15 presidents and their German counterparts in Berlin, President Allan Rock agreed to spearhead the Canada–Germany Initiative on Governance, Citizenship and Democracy in collaboration with Bielefeld University. In 2013, an initial exploratory workshop in Bielefeld led to a second workshop, which took place in 2015 at the University of Ottawa during the annual Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. This workshop was supported by the Office of the Vice-President, Research, as well as the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). One of the German co-chairs of the workshop was invited to give a Big Thinking Lecture at the Congress, entitled “Integration and citizenship in North America and Europe: Different paths, similar outcomes?”
The University of Ottawa, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Embassy invited Rainer Forst, recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and professor of political theory and philosophy at Goethe University, Frankfurt, to give a lecture entitled “Toleration and Democracy.” The Leibniz Prize is Germany’s most prestigious award for research excellence. The University of Ottawa and the DFG continue to collaborate to sponsor a series of Leibniz Lectures on our campus.