Research cooperation with South Africa

South Africa holds the leading position in science, technology and innovation on the African continent and has a relatively well-developed research infrastructure. Accordingly, South Africa is Germany┬┤s main cooperation partner on research, science and technology in Africa. Common research takes place in the areas of climate change, energy, astronomy, sustainability, biodiversity, geosciences, integrated water resource and sustainable land management, as well as advanced manufacturing.

Trees at Graskop


The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Use (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Germany. The programme was initiated in 2009 with the mission to conduct problem-oriented research in the area of adaptation to climate and change and sustainable land management and to provide evidence-based advice for all decision-makers and stakeholders. This will ultimately improve the livelihoods of people in the region and contribute to the creation of an African knowledge-based society.

Waterberg landscape in Limpopo


The Science Partnerships for the Assessment of Complex Earth System Processes (SPACES) is an initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and falls within its framework programme "Research for Sustainable Development" (FONA). FONA promotes research projects in key areas that are expected to experience particularly strong transformations due to climate change.

Radio telescope


A new radio astronomical receiver project of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy has received funding of 11 million Euro by the Max Planck Society. The MeerKAT observatory, currently under construction in South Africa, has been chosen as a host for this receiver system. It will be the most sensitive observatory of the southern hemisphere in the centimetre wavelength regime.

Research cooperation with South Africa

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