UQ and Germany

Leading-edge research collaboration

Home to hundreds of German students and academic staff, an extensive cultural program, and a thriving social club, German culture is alive and well on UQ campuses. Through a strategic alliance with the Technical University of Munich, and collaboration with the Helmholtz Association and the Max Planck Society, among others, groundbreaking discoveries have never looked more promising for both nations.

Fast facts


German students enrolled at UQ


Germany-UQ co-publications


academic staff born in Germany


research project collaborations


alumni in Germany


agreements with 15 official partners

Fast facts show full year 2021 data. 



UQ has partnered with Germany-based researchers on 2878 co-publications in the past 5 years. The top research areas include Neurosciences, Environmental Sciences, and Genetics & Heredity. Our top co-publishing partners are the Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society, and University of Munich.

Research collaboration

In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with 58 institutions on 74 research projects. Key collaborators include the Max Planck Institutes, Helmholtz Research Centres, and Ludwig Maximilians University. 

Research funding

German organisations, including Aurubis AG, Deutscher Wetterdienst, and Technical University of Munich have contributed A$3,704,864 towards 49 research projects in the past 5 years. 

Collaboration in action

Plum pickings: ancient fruit ripe for modern plates

An Indigenous fruit which is one of the earliest known plant foods eaten in Australia could be the next big thing in the bush foods industry. The UQ research team is led by researcher Associate Professor Yasmina Sultanbawa (pictured), who said the green plum not only tasted delicious, but contained one of the highest known folate levels of any fruit on the commercial market. The team, including Dr Heather Smyth, Dr Michael Netzel and Dr Horst Schirra, is working with Professor Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin from Technical University of Munich in Germany, and the Helmholtz Zentrum München, as well as Professor Michael Rychlik from Technical University of Munich to uncover the green plum’s chemistry, and its acids and sugars, to provide a more detailed nutritional profile of the fruit.

AI helps design the perfect chickpea

A massive international research effort has led to development of a genetic model for the ‘ultimate’ chickpea, with the potential to lift crop yields by up to 12 per cent. Professor Ben Hayes led the UQ component of the project with Associate Professor Lee Hickey and Professor Kai Voss-Fels (University in Geisenheim) to develop a ‘haplotype’ genomic prediction crop breeding strategy, for enhanced performance for seed weight.

Equipping students for digital revolution

A $500 million plus software grant from Siemens will give UQ students and researchers access to advanced technology, building their skills in digital and data driven industries. The grant is linked to the recommendations and work of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum – an industry led group established to support improved collaboration between Australia and Germany on preparing for industry for the fourth industrial revolution. The partnership will equip students with the tools that are being used to design and develop everything from Space X to the Mars Curiosity Rover, Maserati Ghibli and other world-leading innovations.

Fuelling the new energy revolution

UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is harnessing the power of the sun to produce a wide range of hydrogen-methane and oil-based alternative energy fuels. Located in Pinjarra Hills, Brisbane, UQ's Centre for Solar Biotechnology has been developed in partnership with the Queensland Government, Siemens (Germany), Bielefeld University (Germany), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), KBR Inc (USA), Neste Oil Corp (Finland), and Cement Australia. Led by Munich-born Professor Ben Hankamer (pictured, right), the Centre brings together 30 multidisciplinary teams to fast-track the next generation of microalgae biotechnologies and bio-inspired artificial solar fuel technologies.

Shaking up the bioeconomy

UQ is rapidly expanding collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and São Paulo State University (Unesp) Brazil in biotechnology and its impact on future economies. The three universities are founding members of the Global Bioeconomy Alliance – an initiative to develop the production and use of biological resources to provide products, processes and services within the frame of a sustainable economic system. The network aims to establish a more competitive, innovative, energy-secure and sustainable world by combining agricultural, technical and social aspects of bio-based industry and society. Through collaborating with a growing network of researchers worldwide, the Alliance will develop holistic strategies to boost the global bioeconomy.

Student mobility

Student exchange

Germany is the 4th most popular country for student exchange at UQ. We have agreements with 11 universities in Germany, including the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Humboldt University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin, and University of Mannheim. 

Master of Engineering with TUM

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology has a double-degree agreement with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) through membership in Top Industrial Managers for Europe. Students graduate with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from TUM and a Master of Engineering from UQ.

Global research degrees

UQ's research exchange programs can kickstart international collaborations for research higher degree students. Doctoral candidates from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), for example, can study part of their program at UQ – and vice versa.


UQ has 2042 alumni living in Germany. Alumni from or with significant links to Germany include:

Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Butenandtstr (LMU) (PhD 2013)
Communications Manager of IT services at Dataport AöR, Hamburg (Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) 2003)