25. October 2019

Pascale Ehrenfreund takes office as President of the IAF

Prof. Ehrenfreund auf dem IAC 2019
Pascale Ehrenfreund at IAC 2019
Image 1/3, Credit: Pascale Ehrenfreund at IAC 2019

Pascale Ehrenfreund at IAC 2019

On 25 October, the last day of the 70th IAC, the Chair of DLR, Pascale Ehrenfreund took office as IAF president.

IAC flag handover
IAC flag handover
Image 2/3, Credit: IAC flag handover

IAC flag handover

The flag of the IAC was handed over to the Dubai delegation at the closing of the 70th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), which was held in Washington D.C. The next IAC will be hosted there in 2020.

Pascale Ehrenfreund
Pascale Ehrenfreund
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Pascale Ehrenfreund

Pascale Ehrenfreund has been Chair of the DLR Executive Board since August 2015. On 25 October 2019, she became the first woman to take office as President of the International Astronautical Federation.

Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Executive Board, has taken office as President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) at the 70th congress. Professor Ehrenfreund is the first woman to hold this position since the IAF was founded in 1951. In a constantly evolving environment, with new participants and companies, a growing number of emerging space nations and the increasing commercialisation of space, the IAF is committed to supporting the use of space in the interests of all nations through its diverse events and activities around the world.

"I am looking forward to my term of office, as it will give me the opportunity to help shape the future of global space activities," says Ehrenfreund. "In the year marking 50 years since the first Moon landing, we are facing particularly important decisions about the paths that we should take over the coming decades. It is also important that we make even greater use of the possibilities afforded by spaceflight to jointly address the global challenges we are facing."

With the introduction of the IAF Global Advocacy Agenda 2019 – 2022, Professor Ehrenfreund and the IAF will focus on three key themes – supporting global space governance, promoting the global space economy, and advancing global space interests.

Professor Ehrenfreund's predecessor in this post was her French colleague Jean-Yves Le Gall. "During his tenure, Jean-Yves Le Gall carried out excellent work over a period of more than four years and greatly enhanced the reputation and international profile of the IAF," says Ehrenfreund.

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