DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project management agency. DLR has approximately 7700 employees at 16 locations in Germany: Cologne (headquarters), Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Goettingen, Hamburg, Juelich, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stade, Stuttgart, Trauen, and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris, Tokyo and Washington D.C.
Institute of Transport Research
The subjects of mobility and transport affect people today more than ever. On the one hand, an effective transport system is an essential prerequisite for a prospering economy. On the other hand, mobility also allows individuals to actively participate in social life while offering them a high level of personal freedom. This reliance means that individuals participating in the transport system are more easily frustrated with disruptions such as capacity constraints, delay, inadequate information or insufficient safety.
With the vision of a modern, integrated, socially and ecologically sustainable transport system, scientists of various disciplines are working on a range of questions centering around the causality and changes in passenger and commercial transport:
The Institute of Transport Research is part of an international network. The director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz, is professor for transport demand and effects at The Humboldt University of Berlin, which in addition to teaching engagements of other scientists of the institute at various universities, leads to a close cooperation with academic research and education.