Four Motors for Europe

Research and Higher Education


  • La Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Department for Higher Education, Research and Innovation
  • Baden-Württemberg, Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts
  • Generalitat de Catalunya, Directorate General of Research
  • Generalitat de Catalunya, Secretary for Universities and Research
  • Generalitat de Catalunya, Agency for Administration of University and Research Grants/Research and Universities
  • Regione Lombardia, Lombardia Delegation to the European Union

For information on the current activities of the group please consult the following link: Recent activities

Objectives of the Working Group:

  • Intensification of the cooperation on science and research
  • Sharing information, experience and best practice examples
  • Exchange about the participation in EU-Programmes

Current Topics:

  • Discussion about technology transfer
  • Invitation to a panel discussion about “Technology Transfer and Crossborder Cooperation” in the Representation of Baden-Württemberg to the EU in Brussels (12 July 2018)
  • Connecting the Working Group “Research and Higher Education” of the Four Motors with the Action Group 1 “Developing an effective research and innovation ecosystem” of the European Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP)
  • Identifying future challenges for metropolitan regions in research and higher education (Demographic change, Energy transition, Climate change)


  • Lyon workshop on March 2017
  • Joint mission to the cabinet of EU-Commissioner Moedas and handing over of a common position on the 9th Framework Programm for Research

Bernd Finger
Head of Unit
Unit for EU-Affairs and Cross-Border Cooperation
Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts
Koenigstrasse 46
70173 Stuttgart
Phone: +49-711-279-3310