DLR's Washington office has existed since 1984 and is the central port of call for DLR partners in the United States and Canada. The office prioritises the establishment, maintenance and ongoing development of collaborations in research and technology for all DLR research fields. It also supports the German Space Agency at DLR in the performance of its tasks on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany and the DLR Projektträger. In addition, the office represents the interests of federal ministries and German industry related to DLR topics locally.
Marc Jochemich has been in charge of the DLR Washington office since May 2018. He holds a degree in geography from the University of Bonn and a master of business research from the Ludwigs-Maximilians University in Munich. He has been working at DLR since 2007 and has held positions at the DLR Space Agency and the International Relations Department.
Oliver Pape is International Relations Manager and Anke Gilliam is Office Manager.
Occupying a shared office suite on the twelfth floor of an office building, the DLR office is part of a joint German representation together with RGIT (Representative of German Industry and Trade), gtai (German Trade and Invest) and DFG (German Research Foundation). The suite includes two meeting rooms with modern presentation and conferencing technology. The premises are large enough to host lecture events and receptions for up to 100 people and can be used for gatherings, meetings and sessions organised by DLR and its cooperation partners.
Tasks & services of the DLR Washington office
- Representation of DLR in matters concerning governmental, scientific and industrial institutions and organisations in the United States and Canada
- Establishing, developing and maintaining relations with partner organisations, ministries and authorities, R&D institutions, universities, the industrial community, international institutions, as well as relevant German and international agencies
- Supporting ongoing collaborations and assisting in the establishment of new projects
- Analysing and reporting of research policy conditions, requirements and guidelines for relevant activities in government, research and technology development, for example in the US and Canada, including legislation, budgeting, strategy and programme and industrial policy
- Representation of DLR at trade fairs, congresses and public relations events
- Informing partners about DLR’s developments and activities as well as collaboration opportunities
- Long-term establishment and mediation of contacts to key persons/figures and networking with contact persons at DLR
- Supporting DLR employees during visits to the USA and Canada
- Preparation, support and monitoring of collaborations and visits by delegations – those of DLR Executive Board members in particular.
- Promotion of the exchange of personnel between US and Canadian institutions and DLR
- Supporting German industry and research in DLR-relevant cooperations
Cooperation partners in the United States and Canada
The USA is the most important non-European partner country for DLR, with cooperation in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitalisation and security. Key partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Space-X, Virgin Orbit and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Cooperation with Canada is becoming increasingly important. Key partners here are the National Research Center (NRC), the Canadian Space Agency, Bombardier, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and National Resources Canada (NRCan).