Brisbane German Week, 30.09. – 14.10.2018

Brisbane German Week was initiated by German Honorary Consul Professor Michael Rosemann in 2016, and has grown to be a significant event in Brisbane’s yearly calendar. Brisbane German Week 2018 promises to integrate and portray all the important facets of the German-Australian relationship.

The event will span a fortnight of colourful functions including a national German language competition with an expected 5,000 participants, theme days for Science and Innovation, Business and History, a classical concert on the Day of German Unity (German National Day) and, of course, Oktoberfest Brisbane.

From 30 September to 14 October this year, Brisbane will showcase its educational, scientific, economic, political and cultural connections to Germany in cooperation with schools, universities, businesses and numerous other organisations.

German Australian Business Council Members and Friends are warmly invited to join the activities!

For more information, please visit their website:

Third Australian German-Science and Innovation Day, Brisbane German Week October 2018

The Call for Presentations for the 3rd Australian-German Science and Innovation Day is now open. The event will take place on the 2nd of October, 2018 at the Gardens Points campus of QUT as part of Brisbane German Week 2018.

One of the main focuses of this event is ‘Economy and Science 4.0’. An event highlight will be the panel discussion with representatives from all major research funding bodies in Germany and Australia. German Australian Business Council Members and Friends are invited to use the opportunity to present your research and showcase your collaboration within the Australian-German network. One page proposals should be submitted by Friday, 24 August 2018 directly to the organisers.

More information can be found at the link below.

132 Years to Reach its Destination

The German magazine Spiegel reports that a message in a bottle has been found 132 years after being released by a German Research vessel. The message was found on the coast of Western Australia last year with a request to return it to a research institute in Hamburg (which no longer exists) or to a German consulate. The message is now on its way back to Hamburg where it will be displayed in the Maritime Museum.

Photo credit: Von Mbdortmund – Eigenes Werk, GFDL 1.2,

Australia and Global Innovation – better than ever

It appears every year and is probably the most comprehensive report on the world’s innovation systems. The Global Innovation Report 2018ranks Australia as number 20 in the world – up three places since 2017.  Reading through the report is fascinating – it finds Australia’s strength lies mainly in its human capital and research capabilities, in particular education at tertiary (university) level and the government’s online services and the ease of starting a business were also considered strengths. That last point may come as a surprise to some Australian readers, but just try and do anything online with a German government authority and you will realise that Australia is streets ahead.

On the downside, Australia’s business sophistication and knowledge and technology output levels fell short compared to other countries. The report marked Australia’s innovation linkages, university and industry research collaboration, research talent in business enterprises, patents, and high-tech and ICT services export levels as major weaknesses. There is clearly something to be learnt here from other countries.

The Australian government’s response was to refer to the National Innovation and Science Agenda which is a long-term plan to improve the countries science base.

Women’s Australian Football kicks off in Germany!

The Australian Football League Germany (AFLG) has been around for almost 20 years, however it has only been made up of male teams. This has started to change in 2018 as women’s football has been introduced in to the country and is starting to grow. In April, a Hamburg Dockers representative team, made up of women from across the whole of Germany, played in the Champions League Tournament in Amsterdam, lining up against teams from the UK, France, Denmark & Sweden. This was a fantastic launch for women’s footy in Germany and a great advertisement for the sport. It also gave the new players to the sport a great flavour of what it is all about. The speed and excitement of the game, the sense of camaraderie between teammates and also the amazing and unique community that surrounds Australian Football in Europe.

The AFLG includes clubs in Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart (plus a new club in Leipzig) with all clubs welcoming women. Since the Champions League tournament, a number of ‘Come & Try’ sessions have been held around the country to introduce women to the sport. We have attracted women that have traditionally played handball or Fußball and they are really enjoying the different skills that the sport requires; catching, kicking, tackling, speed & agility. Numbers are starting to grow and so two exhibition games have been held in Berlin & Hamburg, the first ever Women’s Australian Football games held on German ground.  The next fixtures will be back in Berlin, Dresden and Cologne and hopefully across the border in Prague.

The biggest challenge we face with recruiting women (and men too) is the complete lack of knowledge of the sport, as it is only played professionally in Australia. With a big competition of other sports women can play in Germany, as mentioned previously namely handball and Fußball, it’s hard to win women over to a sport not many people have ever heard of before. However, the intensity, the contact and speed of the game make it so exciting that normally once a female plays her first game, she is hooked for life!

With the growth in Women’s football here, the aim is to take the first German National Women’s Team to the Euro Cup in Cork, Ireland in October this year. There is already a strong contingent of German women in place who will be hoping to play for the team as they make their debut. The Euro Cup has featured women since 2010 and 2018 will be the biggest year yet with women’s teams from 9 nations attending; Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Wales. It will be a fantastic experience for German women to represent their country.

The next steps are to finalize the National team name, logo and get the kits designed. Due to the nature of the sport, all financial aspects are self-funded by players or generated through fundraising campaigns. Therefore, the team are looking for a sponsor for their inaugural kit which they would wear during their debut in the 2018 Euro Cup (and future events in the next few years). They are looking for a company or individual that would be interested in supporting women’s sport in Germany and to sponsor the kits, in return getting their logo emblazoned on them. The team would also be interested in multiple sponsors, for example; sponsor for the top and sponsor for the shorts. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact

If you are interested in trying out Australia’s most loved game, or know someone that would be then get in contact with your nearest club by messaging @AFLGermany on Facebook. To find out more about the growth of women’s footy in Germany, and to support us on social media, please like/follow the @AFLGWomen pages on Facebook and Instagram.


Lisa Wilson- AFL Europe

Corporate Member Austrade: Position for Innovation Landing Pad Manager vacant in Berlin

German Australian Business Council corporate member, Austrade, currently has a position available for an Innovation Landing Pad Manager in Berlin.

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Ambassador’s Dinner 2018- Berlin

After a four year long wait, the German Australian Business Council’s festive Ambassador´s Dinner returned to Berlin on 21 June, 2018. Held at the Australian Embassy in the city centre, this year´s edition of the well-established dinner format brought together guests from various business and economic sectors as well as friends and supporters of the German Australian Business Council.

Two keynote speeches were introduced by a welcome from Dr Sabine Pittrof, Chair of the German Australian Business Council. The evening was moderated by Board Member, Evangelos Kotsopoulos and Board members Simone Wienhausen and David Urry gave a farewell after awarding the raffle prize draw.

In the first keynote, attendees heard from German Australian Business Council patron, Richard Leather, Australia´s Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner (Europe). Richard focused on overall bilateral relations between Australia and Germany and the remarkable work achieved between various working groups over the past few years. Citing the recent Perth conference as a highlight, he turned to the upcoming negotiations around an EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement and showed the advantages such arrangement would have.

This year´s second keynote was delivered by Mr. Terry Nichols, General Manager of Rheinmetall Defence Australia (Electronic Solutions). On his birthday, Terry explained the nature of German defence industry group Rheinmetall´s presence in Australia and discussed the group’s recent successful bid for a large Australian Government contract. It was interesting for the audience to hear about the specific, long-term and complex nature of the very large defence procurement projects in which companies such as Rheinmetall and others participate.

Over a three-course dinner, the guests enjoyed in-depth conversation and a relaxed evening.

Special thanks go to this year´s sponsors who made this event possible in the first place. Sonic Healthcare Germany (gold sponsor) as well as the State of South Australia and Aesop kindly supported the evening.


AHK and BMWi Event: Business Opportunities in Australia for German Companies- Bad Homburg

The German Chamber in Sydney (AHK) in partnership with the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft and Energie will be holding an event on the topic of ‘Business Opportunities in Australia for German Companies’. This event particularly focuses on the Beauty and Household Products sector. It will take place on the 17th of September, 2018 from 11am-4.30pm at the Steigenberger Hotel, Bad Homburg.

As this is not a Business Council event, please direct all further enquiries directly to the organiser,  Miriam Achenbach (

Spring Networking Drinks, May- Frankfurt

Members and friends of the German Australian Business Council were warmly welcomed by the German Australian Business Council’s Co-Patron, Richard Leather, Consul-General Frankfurt and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for Western Europe, at his residence for our Spring Reception on 16 May 2018.

We also had the privilege to hear from Ms Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO, Business Events Sydney about the power of conferences and how business events are setting agendas, shaping best practice and creating change. In particular, she spoke of her recent experience as Co-Chair of the Host Steering Committee for the Global Summit of Women Sydney 2018. This summit was the largest ever held with over 1200 delegates from 60 countries coming together to share effective strategies and practical working solutions by and for women in all three sectors of society – government, business and civil – to improve women’s economic status globally. There was a strong German delegation at the Summit led by Ursula Schwarzenbart, Daimler’s Head of Global Diversity Management. The next Global Summit of Women will be in Basel, Switzerland in 2019.

We were delighted to see a number of new faces at the reception and new connections being made over canapes and drinks.

EU Council gives the go-ahead for trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand

On the 22nd of May, 2018, the EU Council authorised trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.

More information can be found via the following links: