Panel Discussion: "Growing economies through innovation: German-Turkish collaboration in research and industry"

By Stefan Wagner, Sahin Albayrak, Helge Tolksdorf, and Peter Webers

In 2013 German companies exported goods worth more than 21 billion euros to Turkey and imported around 12 billion euros worth of goods from Turkey. Turkey is the 14th most important export country for German industry at this time, and it is expected that this will increase. German and the Turkish governments and civil organizations work together diligently to promote research co-operations between the two countries. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports efforts to increase German-Turkish academic and technological collaboration, as does the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSIAD). 2014 was the German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation.


  • Prof. Sahin Albayrak, Head of the Agent Technologies Chair, Technical University Berlin
  • Helge Tolksdorf, Director – EU-Enlargement, Southeast Europe, Turkey, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Peter Webers, Head of Division 212: Cooperation with Developing and Advanced Developing Countries, Africa and Near East , Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Moderated by Prof. Stefan Wagner, Associate Professor of Strategy and TÜSIAD/TCCI Chair in European Economic Integration, ESMT

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