In­ter­na­tion­al Re­la­tions

DLR - international
DLR - in­ter­na­tion­al
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DLR - international

The de­part­ment is the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal in­ter­face for in­ter­na­tion­al DLR ac­tiv­i­ties. It acts as fa­cil­i­ta­tor and bro­ker be­tween DLR and in­ter­na­tion­al in­sti­tu­tions and part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions in or­der to sup­port world-lead­ing re­search ac­tiv­i­ties. It al­so serves as fo­cal point for the ex­ter­nal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter.

The German Aerospace Center is the leading German institution for research in the fields of space, aeronautics, energy, transport, security and digitalisation. It cooperates with some of the world’s leading research institutions and relevant organisations, including more than 400 international partners from more than 60 countries. Furthermore, DLR maintains research infrastructure in Antarctica, Canada and Spain, and hosts more than 430 international visiting scientists from almost 90 countries every year. DLR also welcomes a variety of high-ranking individuals from government agencies, industry, research partners, academia, and the civil society to visit its various facilities.

The International Relations team at DLR belongs to the Department of Corporate Development. DLR’s international activities in the fields of space, aeronautics, energy, transport, security and digitalisation are coordinated from here. The International Relations division advises and supports the DLR Executive Board, the German Space Agency at DLR, DLR’s research institutes as well as the Projektträger in all ongoing and future international activities. The team defines and implements the DLR internationalisation strategy in collaboration with DLR stakeholders. In addition, it works in close collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action by providing strategic advice, and supports German industry in relation to export activities. Furthermore, the International Relations team represents DLR in many international committees and organisations.

The International Relations team is the internal and external interface for international DLR activities. It acts as a facilitator and broker between DLR and international institutions and partner organisations in order to support world-leading research activities. The division also serves as a focal point for the external representation of DLR.

Concrete means of cooperation, such as a scholarship programme (DLR-DAAD), a dedicated DLR funding programme for international projects that supports these in their early development phase, and the coordination of international bilateral and multilateral agreements are also a part of the International Relations team.

The team focuses on bi- and multilateral activities, relations with international organisations, links with the United Nations organisations and development cooperation including the UN sustainability goals (SDGs@DLR) as well as the internationalisation strategy.

The Department of Corporate Development is based in Cologne with offices in Paris, Tokyo, Brussels and Washington D.C., and seconded DLR staff in Europe and Australia.
For any further inquiries concerning DLR international activities, please contact international(at)

Department Name
Head of International RelationsFischer, Dr Rolf-Dieter
Department AssistantAcar, Selina
Europe, Israel, Turkey / International OrganisationsMünchenhagen, Joschka
Lorenz, Sabine
Asia/PacificSebastian Kleim
Sabine Lorenz
Japan/USANix, Dr. Thorsten
Weissenberger, Helena

International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) / Canada

Dr. Adél Schröpfer
Andrea Schwarz

United Nations and Development Cooperation / Central and
South America / Africa / Middle East

Dr. Joachim Post
European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)Lina Pohl

International Offices

DLR has several international offices based in Paris, Tokyo, Brussels and Washington D.C. Their main task is to enhance the cooperation with international key players as well as serving as an interface for DLR’s research areas.


Brussels Office
German Aerospace Center - DLR
Rue du Trone 98
1050 Brüssel, Belgium

Dr. Uwe Möller
Head DLR Brussels

Paris Office
Centre Aérospatial Allemand - DLR
17, avenue de Saxe
F-75007 Paris, France

Dr Rolf-Dieter Fischer
Acting Head DLR Paris

Tokyo Office
German Aerospace Center - DLR
Sanbancho KS Bldg. 5F
2-4 Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku
102-0075 Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Niklas Reinke
Head DLR Tokyo

Washington Office
German Aerospace Center - DLR
1130 Connecticut Ave
Suite 1200
20036 Washington D.C., USA

Marc Jochemich
Head DLR Washington

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