Science diplomacy makes it possible to respond to the global challenges of the 21st century. It fosters scientific freedom and helps position Germany even better internationally as a country of science and research. The rapid development of vaccines is a good example in recent years of what internationally networked researchers can achieve for humankind. The outstanding work done by German intermediary organisations such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) plays a crucial part in this. As the world’s largest funding organisation for international academic exchange, the DAAD is synonymous with flagship projects such as the Global Centres for Climate and Health and the Hilde Domin Programme for at-risk students across the globe. In many crises, the DAAD has proven to be a reliable partner and central actor in our science diplomacy activities, for which I would like to take this opportunity to express my warmest thanks.
Katja Keul, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office