IPM Director-General MU Rongping and Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Systems (ISI) Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl put their names on a protocol to establish a Joint Center for Innovation Research on May 23, 2013 in Beijing. Dr. René Haak, First S&T Counselor at the German Embassy in China, and Prof. WANG Yi, IPM Deputy Director-General, were present at the ceremony.
According to the agreement, the Joint Center will create an office both in Beijing and Germany to form Sino-German cooperative research teams and perform studies focusing on a variety of issues, ranging from renewable energy sources, technology transfer to intellectual property and technology foresight.
Prof. Mu said that the establishment of the new center will be conducive to pooling advantageous resources in the two institutes and even their parent organizations: CAS and Fraunhofer. It will consolidate the partnership between the two sides through institutional establishment, and facilitate their tasks of providing consultative services to governments and the business sector of the two countries.
"it is crucial that we have profound knowledge and in-depth understanding of the Chinese innovation system. We support strategically German and European enterprises when they enter the market and/or develop their market activities. Our colleagues in Beijing will make it possible for us to bring a different quality to the treatment of issues regarding the scientific and innovation political developments in China and assess them differently than if we did not have a local presence," stressed Prof. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl.
Before the signing ceremony, Prof. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl delivered a talk on culture as a resource for innovation.