Germany and Turkey are connected by a unique past and a unique present. During the period of the ‘Anwerbeabkommen’, the labour recruitment agreements between Germany and Turkey and other southern European countries during the ‘Wirtschaftswunder’ (or ‘Economic Miracle’) in the 1960s, a large number of Turkish citizens moved to Germany – today this common past defines the close relationship between the two partnered countries.
Almost three million people with Turkish roots live in Germany. Around half of them have German citizenship. Germany and Turkey are closely linked by friendship and familial ties.
Almost five million German people travel to Turkey every year. The country straddling the Orient and Occident is one of the most popular foreign travel destinations for German tourists.
Turkish media cover news on Germany, German media cover news on Turkey. The big Turkish daily newspapers are even represented with special editions in Germany.
In arts and culture
Turkish culture has shaped Germany in all cultural respects: Turkish actors and musicians have established themselves in Germany and many German-Turkish comedians are also making their mark in the country. TV shows and cinema films like “Türkisch für Anfänger” (Turkish for Beginners) and “Almanya – Welcome to Germany” have enjoyed huge success in Germany.
In business and research
Germany is the most important trading partner of Turkey and there are also far-reaching cooperations in the sectors of research and teaching. This year we are celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the research cooperation between both countries, and in 2013 the Turkish-German University in Istanbul opened its doors for the first time.
About the German-Turkish Year of Science
The German-Turkish 2014 Year of Research, Education and Innovation is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey and is supported by many noteworthy partners from the worlds of politics, research and science. Under the motto “Science Bridging Nations” the two countries are strengthening their existing strong bonds with forward-looking projects.
The German-Turkish Year of Science focuses primarily on issues for the future: these issues play a big role in the research agenda of both countries and, due to their significance for the good of mankind, are not only of regional relevance, but also of global significance. The range of topics is divided into three topic clusters:
- Key technologies
- Global change
- Social change
The aim of this project is to give a face to the unique cooperation between the closely linked and yet very different countries Germany and Turkey.
The German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation should be showcased from new, personal perspectives and viewed with cultural and artistic and not scientific or political eyes. The most expressive and unusual submissions will be selected by the expert jury and presented at the closing event.