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I want to make innovations a reality everywhere in the world. For this, we need research and politics to work together successfully. The problem is that new technologies need time. And we no longer have it – at least when it comes to climate protection. That’s why innovation needs support above all. Without strategic networks, innovative ideas will not become viable solutions.

Incidentally, education, research and innovation have shaped my entire political work. Even before I joined the CDU and was elected to the Bundestag for the first time, I was active in higher education and education policy across party lines and worked on education and research issues as a staff member of a Member of the European Parliament. In the Bundestag, my focus was on research and innovation policy from the beginning, in addition to reporting for the BAföG and science communication. On the one hand, I was responsible for European and international educational cooperation and thus, for example, for the DAAD and all major international research projects, and on the other hand, for the Federal Government’s High-Tech Strategy. Since June 2020, I have been the Federal Government’s Hydrogen Commissioner for a key future and innovation topic and have been directly involved in operations. This is
fun, but above all it should help us to achieve our climate goals – Net Zero in 2045.

Research - Stefan Kaufmann