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Scientific services and cooperation

The Economic Development Department offers a wide range of services related to the topic of science through its Science Unit. Depending on the target group, various measures are carried out to strengthen and utilize the potential of universities and research institutes.

Science marketing

Under the umbrella of the "Bonn Science Region", the business development agencies of the city of Bonn, the Rhein-Sieg district and the Ahrweiler district have been cooperating with science and research institutions and their offices for transfer, public relations and career services for over 25 years.

Offer a platform

Many service and networking offerings thrive on direct exchange and personal contacts, as is the case with the Science staff unit. In addition to various events, this includes the annual trade show appearance at the Hannover Messe with the joint trade show booth. After the corona-related cancellations in 2020 and also for the purely digital format in 2021, the Bonn Science Region again offered a platform for knowledge and technology transfer in presence with its renewed trade fair stand at the end of May 2022. The transfer centers and start-ups of the universities as well as research institutes and innovative companies presented their developments and services around bionics, artificial intelligence and laser technology, robotics and materials research. The numerous intensive discussions and personal exchanges lay the foundation for further cooperation and networking. 

Inform graduates

Numerous highly qualified young people are trained in the region. The Economic Development Agency is committed to bringing them into contact with local companies and informing them about regional labor market opportunities. It also advises employers on recruiting young academic talent.

With the "Next Stop: Job" series, the Economic Development Agency brings students, graduates and doctoral candidates together with employers in the region directly on site. In 2021, a large number of students again took advantage of the virtual visits to find out about career entry opportunities and make contacts. Demand on the corporate side also remains high, so the series of events will be continued.

The GeoMentoring program, on the other hand, which was extended by one year due to the pandemic, came to an end at the end of 2021. Until then, numerous workshops, meetings, networking events, etc. were held, some in person and some online. The aim of GeoMentoring is to support master's students of geography and geodesy in their professional orientation and to provide insights into everyday professional life and regional networks.

Using networks

The Economic Development Agency is actively involved in networks, such as the Geoinitiative Region Bonn and the Cyber Security Cluster. The University of Bonn offers the iStart career program for refugee and international students as part of the DAAD funding program "NRWege Leuchttürme". The Economic Development Department supports this project by providing further contacts and advice. Science marketing and innovation promotion help companies and science institutions to transform knowledge, technology and know-how into marketable products and processes. The Economic Development Agency is active in the "Research and Education" working group of the Rhineland metropolitan region and participates in the exchange between universities, associations and the regional authorities.

Reach the public

Every two years, the Bonn Science Night offers universities and research institutions in the region the opportunity to present their research to a broad public in a central location in downtown Bonn. The event communicates how scientific findings can be obtained and used. Nowadays, this is an integral part of Third Mission activities at universities and research institutes. In 2022, in line with the motto "nach(nachhaltig)geforscht" (sustainable research), they showed current research projects around the topic of sustainability, from peace research to artificial intelligence and agriculture to space research. For the first time, the event, characterized by hands-on stations, exhibits and personal exchange between science and society, was offered in the form of a tent city spread over three squares in the city center. (Social) media are used to disseminate contemporary science communication offerings from, to and around the universities and research institutions in the region, with the business development agency seeing itself primarily as a multiplier and platform in addition to its own offerings. 

Through its role as a grant provider for the Deutsches Museum Bonn, the Economic Development Agency is intensively supporting its further development into a central experience location and forum for artificial intelligence (AI).

Mrs. Gisela Nouvertné
Leitung der Stabsstelle
Mrs. Laura Bittner
Mrs. Juliane Kozdras