1. Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017 Competition
  2. Global Climate Conference (COP) 2017 in Bonn
  3. Island Mainau/Lake Constance: blooming tulips Welcome to Germany!

Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017 Competition

"Falling Walls Lab" is an ambitious interdisciplinary competition especially targeting young innovative thinkers from the agricultural, medical, economic and arts fields. This year, applicants were again asked to present an original and socially relevant project to a selected jury within a three minute period. Bachelor and Master students, PhD candidates, junior professors and entrepreneurs are invited to apply. The Australian part of the competition, "Falling Walls Australia 2017", will take place on 12.09.2017 at the Australian Academy of Science Shine Dome in Canberra. New Zealanders were also invited to apply. New Zealand applicants and applicants from the South Pacific Island states are supported by the German Embassy in Wellington and the Royal Society of New Zealand. Applications had to be received by 12.06.2017 online (www.falling-walls.com/lab). The winner of Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017 will receive a flight ticket and accommodation costs for the Lab Final in Berlin on 8.11.2017, when the overall winner will be chosen out of 100 international participants. 

Global Climate Conference (COP) 2017 in Bonn

Increasing desertification is becoming a growing global concern.  The Global Climate Conference 2017 (Conference of the Parties - COP) will take place in Germany, this year under the chairmanship of Fiji.  International diplomats, politicians and representatives from the private sector will convene in Bonn from 6 to 17 November 2017 to debate the issue. It will be the 23rd meeting of the UN Conference of the Parties. In addition, five other will committees are scheduled to get together within the overall framework, with an overall expected attendance of up to 20.000 participants.

Island Mainau/Lake Constance: blooming tulips

Welcome to Germany!

Germany is a country with a diverse range of landscapes, towns and cities steeped in history and traditions.  From the Baltic Sea in the north to the Bavarian alps in the south, there is much to explore. Right in the middle of Europe, it offers much more than the conventional travel routes may suggest. Now that we have your attention, here are a few links to explore your travel opportunities in more detail: 

Flying Observatory Returns to Christchurch

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) returned to Christchurch for another observation mission on 23 June 2017 to conduct a number of research flights and study celestial objects in the Southern Hemisphere’s skies until its departure on 13 August 2017.

(© AA)

The art world is focused on Germany – it’s Documenta14 in Kassel

Only every five years it is time for Documenta – therefore the art exhibition is drawing even more attention. 2017 it is entitled once more to inspire, unsettle and polarise.

Pro Clima Event Auckland 2017

New Centre for Energy Efficient Building

Just in time for the cold and windy season, a New Zealand subsidiary of the German company pro clima inaugurated its Center for Advanced Building Systems in Auckland on 7 July 2017.

Two New Projects for Samoa

Wera Hack, Desk Officer for the South Pacific at the German Embassy in Wellington, was in Samoa to attend the official inauguration of two recent projects funded by the German Embassy.

Open Now: Pacific Island Media Journalism Competition

Enlarge image (© UNFCCC)

Please find below a link to information about a Pacific Island Media Journalism competition to win a trip to the “COP 23” conference in Bonn on 6 – 17 November. The competition will give ten journalists from the Pacific island region the unique chance to travel to and report from this year’s UN climate conference 2017:

Enter the competition here

Facelift for deutschland.de

Discover topics, find information, view videos, take part in the Germany Quiz and in online voting, interact with others: If you want to understand what makes Germany tick and what Germany is busy talking about, then visit deutschland.de and its social-media channels.

Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann

Dear readers interested in Germany, dear fellow Germans, I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the German Embassy and its website. I hope that through our internet services you will get a valuable insight into our country as well as our tasks and activities here in New Zealand and the South Pacific region. New Zealanders and Germans view each other with a great deal of mutual empathy and respect based on many years of friendly cooperation. Many Kiwis throughout their lives have developed connections to Germany or even speak the language. This makes them a unique bridge between our countries and our people.

Newsletter of the German Embassy Wellington


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Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany

This new edition is a useful compendium for anyone seeking reliable, up-to-date information about Germany. The compact paperback provides facts and figures and covers many topics, such as history and culture, population and geography, the political system and the economy. Its companion volume Facts for You has young international readers in mind and focuses on education, green technologies, creative industries and sports, to name but a few.

Both books are available as PDF-Downloads

The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel