The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is organised as a chartered non-profit organisation. The constitutional organs are General Assembly, Senate, Space Committee, Executive Board and Scientific-Technical Advisory Council. The DLR Executive Board has five members.
The Department of Political Affairs and Communication is responsible for all matters concerning digital communication. The department coordinates DLR’s presence at trade fairs, internal events and is responsible for print products, audiovisual media and corporate design.
The Department of Political Affairs and Communication is DLR's central organisational unit tasked with political relations and managing relations with the politics and business worlds. Temporarily this section of the website contains German content only.
The Department of Strategic Services supports the strategic goals of DLR by bridging the aims of the Executive Board with the functions of the organisational units. It sees through the execution of strategic projects and uses targeted performance criteria to evaluate outcomes.
The department for International Relations is the internal and external interface for all international DLR activities. It acts as facilitator and broker between DLR and international institutions and partner organisations.
At DLR, our employees are as diverse as our tasks and research topics when it comes to age, origin, educational background and lifestyle. We therefore seek to create conditions at DLR in which all of our employees are able to realise their full potential.
There has been an elected Equal Opportunities Officer at DLR since 2017. The Equal Opportunities Officer has the obligation and task to promote and monitor implementation of the Federal Act on Gender Equality (BGleiG) and the General Act on Equal Treatment (AGG) with regard to the protection of employees from discrimination based on gender, in particular discrimination of women. This also includes protection from sexual harassment at the workplace.
Information and points of contact on DLR's departments for Finance and Corporate Controlling and Human Resources and Legal Matters.
The Internal Auditing and Joint Venture Management Department supports the board with auditing and corporate controlling. It combines the auditing and consultancy aspects of an internal audit with the consultancy and controlling aspects of joint venture management.
IT and communications technology are of growing importance for DLR's wealth creation. The rapid development of various technologies and processes means that the infrastructure used has to be continuously updated and optimised, if work is to remain effective and economically viable, while it is important to keep complexity manageable.
Technical Infrastructure supports Research and Development at DLR as an internal service provider with facility management services and the development and implementation of technical systems. The basis for these actions is our vision: "We are in demand as a cooperative service provider and consultant at DLR, and make a significant contribution to DLR's success."
Central Expenditure Management is the point of contact for all matters relating to research infrastructure at DLR. We address the expectations of the DLR Executive Board and institutes internally, as well as those of the funding bodies, in particular the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF), as well as other interested parties outside DLR.
An organised quality management process assures ambitious customers when using our products and services. This applies to the tasks of the DLR research as well as to those of the National Space Agency.
The central DLR staff council is established by law to represent the interests of the employees. One or two members of every local staff council are delegated to the central DLR staff council.