Peter Tesch, Australian Ambassador to Germany, on the College

"In today’s globalised world, international collaboration is essential for the success of scientific research. Australia and Germany have long realised the potential of combining their strengths in a broad range of scientific and technological fields, ranging from neuroscience and reproductive health to solar energy and hypersonics. The bilateral Berlin-Canberra Declaration of Intent on a Strategic Partnership, signed by the Australian and German foreign ministers in January 2013, highlights the strong partnerships already developed between our universities, research institutions and the corporate sector, and confirms our intention to further strengthen collaboration in science and research.

Climate change and energy services pose global challenges that continue to engage policy-makers in both countries. The Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions (TraCE) brings together established and emerging research leaders to inform debate and advance knowledge in support of a sustainable global future. This forward-looking cooperation will foster scientific excellence and ensure a highly skilled cohort of students is available to sustain cutting-edge research and training in both Germany and Australia.

I applaud the University of Melbourne, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the University of Potsdam, the Humboldt University Berlin and the Technical University Berlin for their leadership in this important initiative."

Peter Tesch, Australian Ambassador in Germany on the Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions, 5th July 2013, Berlin.