About Us

The German Centre for Research and Innovation - São Paulo (DWIH São Paulo) was created in 2009 by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the internationalization policy of the two ministries. The goal is to increase the visibility in Brazil of Germany as ascientific and technological center and foster synergy and exchange between German and Brazilian scientific institutions - particularly in São Paulo, the largest center of  German industry outside Germany.

Both Germany and Brazil consider science and innovation to be key areas  for ensuring  economic, social and sustainable environmental development. For over 40 years, the two countries have promoted  comprehensive and fruitful scientific cooperation. With the opening of DWIH-SP, Germany took an important step towards strengthening ties with its Brazilian partners.

DWIH São Paulo brings together representatives of several German institutions of research and funding in one space, presenting Germany as a partner of excellence and high competitiveness in science and innovation.

Along with the São Paulo state capital, the German Centres of Science and Innovation are present in four other cities, located in strategic countries around the world: Moscow, New Delhi, New York and Tokyo. 

As an important center of reference and mediation for people and institutions from Brazil and Germany, related to themes such as higher education, science, research and innovation on scientific bases, the DWIH-SP contributes, through its activities,  to the sustainable, social e economic development of both countries.

DWIH in São Paulo

With eight institutional offices and a meeting room, the German Centre of Science and Innovation - São Paulo was inaugurated by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle, on February 14, 2012. The process of implementation, however, was started in March 2009 in a ceremony attended by the Minister of Education and Research of Germany, Annette Schavan.

The city of São Paulo was selected for its representation in the international scientific scene, its history of cooperation with Germany and the prospects of success with partnerships. A place of strong German immigration, the city is home to educational, cultural and economic foundations and scientific institutions, as well as numerous German companies and agencies, which deal with exchange and cooperation between the two countries. DWIH-SP is located in the same building as the German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Brazil), which facilitates contact between German research institutions and companies in Brazil.

German Alliance of Scientific Organizations
The members of the Alliance of German Scientific Organizations, together with the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), have played an important role in the formulation of a conceptual model for the German Centres of Science and Innovation around the world. It is an informal network that operates in the disclosure of joint papers on key issues affecting the German scientific scene.

The Alliance of German Scientific Organizations consists of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) and nine research and funding organizations. They are: