Personal greetings on the occasion of German Aerospace Day 2013

Dr Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Germany is a land of ideas, rich in places where curiosity and creativity, knowledge and skill can work well together. The German Aerospace Center DLR is, without doubt, among these places. Drawing on interdisciplinary connections between aeronautics, space, energy and transport research, this organisation develops new perspectives for the mobility of the future, satisfying in equal measure the need for security and high standards of resource efficiency and environmental protection.

It is thanks to places of innovation such as this that Germany is one of the leading international research facilities – and it should stay that way. This is why, in our daily work, we place special emphasis on education and research, and with our High-Tech Strategy, pool the forces of politics, science and industry.

To secure our prosperity and maintain our ability to innovate, it is important that we continue to attract young people to mathematics, the natural sciences, technology and engineering. I am therefore delighted that DLR's doors are open once again, offering an insight into the exciting world of its various research fields.

Aeronautics and space have always been in our dreams. Much of what initially appeared utopian has become real thanks to outstanding, cutting-edge research. Progress – this is DLR's calling. I therefore invite everyone to make use of the opportunity that German Aerospace Day offers, and take a look into the future.

Dr Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

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