1. RV SONNE RV SONNE in New Zealand and the South Pacific
  2. CeBIT Germany - World Capital of Trade Fairs
  3. EU is the world's largest market Public Consultation for EU-NZL Free Trade Agreement starts

RV SONNE in New Zealand and the South Pacific

The flagship of German research vessels - RV SONNE - is currently sailing the South Pacific. Just before the Easter break the ship visited Wellington for a change of the research crew and loading of large equipment.


Germany - World Capital of Trade Fairs

Germany is the world’s number one venue for holding international trade fairs, hosting more trade fairs than any other country. Around two-thirds of the world’s leading trade fairs for various industries take place there. Every year, around 150 international trade fairs and exhibitions tare staged there, attended by 180,000 exhibitors and around ten million visitors.  From vast, industry leading affairs such as the Hanover Fair, CeBit and Frankfurt Music Fair to smaller events focusing on regional or niche products and industries, the broad and extensive range of trade fairs on offer make Germany the world's trade fair hub. German trade fairs remained on course for growth in 2015 and, compared to 2014, became even more attractive. According to a preliminary calculation by AUMA, the 164 international and national trade fairs registered extremely positive results. The most important feature of German trade fairs is their broad international appeal. More than half of the exhibitors are from abroad, with a third coming from countries outside Europe.

EU is the world's largest market

Public Consultation for EU-NZL Free Trade Agreement starts

The EuropeanCommission's Directorate General for Trade (DG TRADE) on 11 March 2016 has launched its public consultations on the prospect of opening negotiations for an EU-NZ FTA. This is an opportunity for everyone to express their thoughts about such negotiations directly to the European Commission. The German Embassy encourages stakeholders in New Zealand to explain whether and how they might use and/or be affected by such an agreement. This consultation will remain open until 3 June 2016. Information about the consultation and an online questionnaire is available on DG TRADE's website:

Destruction on Fiji after Cyclone Winston in February 2016

Safe water and sanitation after Cyclone Winston

On 20 and 21 February 2016, tropical Cyclone "Winston" hit a number of islands in the South Pacific causing significant damage. More than 350,000 people have been affected by the disaster with two thi...

Falling Walls Lab Australia Competition 2016

The Falling Walls Lab is a challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary competition for outstanding talents from the agricultural, medical, economical, engineering and humanities sectors. It offers ac...

German-New Zealand ScienceCircle event on board German Research Vessel „SONNE“

Upon the invitation of German Ambassador Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich and Captain Oliver Meyer, more than 80 guests attended a bilateral ScienceCircle event on the German research ship “SONNE” in Wellington on 24 March 2016.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce visits R/V SONNE (22 March 2016)

Minister Steven Joyce visits RV SONNE

Accompanied by German Ambassador Dr Anne-Marie Schleich, New Zealand Science Minister Steven Joyce visited the German research vessel SONNE, which was moored in Wellington Harbour last month. During a guided tour, the ship's captain Oliver Meyer and scientists Dr Katrin Huhn and Dr Karsten Gohl explained the extensive technical equipment and machinery. 

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Minister Joyce was especially interested in joint German-New Zealand marine science projects and their latest research findings. He also talked to the ship's crew and other scientists.

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2016

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The Deutsche Welle is staging the 9th Global Media Forum in Bonn from 13 to 15 June 2016. The forum is held in English and participants from over 130 countries are expected to attend (last year saw over 2.200 participants, among them almost 600 press representatives).

The conference, which is supported by the German Foreign Office, will have "Media. Freedom. Values." as its theme. Media representatives from around the globe - among them many from Deutsche Welle's partners - will have a chance to discuss topics such as selective perception in the internet, the endangerment of democratic values, responsibilities and sustainability of politics and the role of the media with persons from the political, cultural, economic, development and scientific fields.

More about the conference

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Asia-Pacific-Weeks Berlin 2016

The 11th Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) will take place in Berlin from 23 May to 3 June 2016. They are dedicated to startups and their ecosystems under the slogan "Asia-Europe Innovation Dialogue". The APW - now an annual event - are Europe`s most important platform for dialogue and cooperation with partners from the Asia-Pacific region. Relevant institutional players from the business, science, cultural and political sectors meet here, for networking and cooperation in practice.

Greetings from the Ambassador

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Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany

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