The 2020 Strategy of the Tri-National Metropolitan Region of the Upper Rhine has defined the goals of the TMO’s four pillars to reach by the year 2020. Important pilot projects of the Science Pillar, such as the establishment of a large-scale research infrastructure as well as a tri-national cluster for sustainability research are anchored within those goals.

Essentially, however, the Science Pillar seeks to connect actors in higher education, research, scientific mediation and technology transfer with the goal of organizing lasting synergies.

It was in this context that two important milestones were achieved in 2016: the founding of TriRhenaTech, an alliance consisting of universities of applied sciences in the Upper Rhine area, as well as the restructuring of EUCOR, the association of the universities of Karlsruhe, Strasbourg, Freiburg, Mulhouse and Basel that make up the “European Campus”.

Furthermore, the Science Offensive of the Tri-National Metropolitan Region of the Upper Rhine was renewed in 2018. The Science Offensive of the TMO is a financial instrument for the funding of cross-border scientific projects by coupling INTERREG Upper Rhine funding with that of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and the Grand Est Region.

In order to achieve the objectives mentioned above, the Coordination Office of the Science Pillar actively supports actors in their cross-border activities.