Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Germany, together with the Georgian partner institutions - Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) and Georgian Technical University (GTU) - are planning the 6th Georgian-German School and Workshop in Basic Science, which will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, July 7 - 12, 2014.
The background is as follows: since 2004 colleagues from Institute of Nuclear Physics (IKP/FZJ) biannually gather in Tbilisi for a workshop with Georgian partners (first with HEPI TSU), originally called "Caucasian-German School and Workshop in Hadron Physics" and later "Georgian-German School and Workshop in Basic Science"; since 2010 other institutes of FZJ have joined these meetings as well as other universities in Georgia: the Georgian Technical University, Ilia University and Batumi State University. In 2012, we had a school in Batumi and in 2013, Jülich scientists went to Tbilisi for almost 2 weeks of the first "Autumn Lectures".
The cooperation of Jülich and Georgian partners has been put on solid ground by a Memorandum-of-Understanding and a student exchange program with the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF), and students have started Master and PhD work in different FZJ-institutes.
In 2014, we plan to have an anniversary meeting - "Ten Years of Georgian-German Science Bridge" - which will summarize achievements in the scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries, as well as initiate discussions and brainstorming on scientific (ongoing and future) projects and educational (student exchange) programs.