Introduction: First of all I would like to thank everyone for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading DLR into a new and challenging future.
On August 17, 2015, I became chair of the Executive board of one of Europe's largest research institutions.
Introduction: As the Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR, I am invited every year to compose a preface to the DLR Research Report. This is a challenge due to the difficulty of adequately illuminating the fascinating world of research at the German Aerospace Center in just a few short words.
Introduction: I am frequently asked what I see as my personal highlight at DLR, which project I am particularly fond of, which topic I consider particularly important. As understandable as the question may be, it is clear that I will never be able to give a simple answer. What father, if asked which was his favourite child, would name only one of his offspring?
It's that time of year again... is the heading under which we might publish the DLR Research Report. But the challenges we face are not the same every year. A commercial company's annual report is an account of its activities, assets and liabilities, providing an overview of its operational and financial situation.
Global challenges are also of central importance to DLR. We are active in dealing with climate change, scarcity of resources, secure energy provision and sustainable mobility. However, we also contribute to areas such as communications, demographic development and health, as well as coping with various conflicts and recurrent catastrophes.