During the past five years the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI) has proven to be the most successful and productive German-Canadian platform for collaborative research in the fields of Energy, Environment and Health Sciences. With this in mind, both the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and the University of Alberta were pleased to renew the Memorandum of Understanding on this joint collaboration for a further 5-year period in autumn 2014.

As HAI now moves into its next phase, the HAI International Research Partnership Symposium 2015 held at the Embassy of Canada to Germany in Berlin brought together researchers with corporate and government representatives for a dynamic exchange of ideas on how to strengthen, further broaden, and advance the HAI partnership into the future.