On 14 November 2011, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) formally inaugurated its office on the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus in Singapore. DLR has established a permanent office representing all of its areas of research. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, and the President of NTU, Bertil Andersson, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the intention of establishing a Center for Green Aviation Research with other partners.
"DLR is reinforcing its international focus through this initiative in Asia. We have the opportunity to actively shape technical trends locally. Singapore is investing more in its research facilities than almost any other country; the NTU is technically well equipped and attracts highly qualified scientists. We look forward to future projects," explains Wörner. DLR's aviation expertise will be coupled with its competence in space, energy and transport at the Center for Green Aviation Research, where issues such as biofuels, lightweight structures and air traffic management, and future concepts such as fuel cells will be incorporated into the research.
In addition, DLR could contribute its expertise in traffic management, coastal protection and disaster relief, remote sensing and flight control systems with regard to forecasting of extreme weather through additional research collaborations. Young scientists can benefit from the cooperation and DLR doctoral candidates can undertake collaborative research with universities in Singapore.
During the course of the opening, DLR also held talks with the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Economic Development Board (EDB), a state economic agency.