The 25th United Nations / Austria Symposium, entitled 'Space: A Tool for Accessibility, Diplomacy and Cooperation', was held in Graz, Austria from 2 to 4 September 2019. The anniversary event focused on the issues of space diplomacy and the use of space technologies for sustainable development and solving global challenges.
From 29 July to 2 August 2019, Walther Pelzer, Member of the Executive Board responsible for the Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), was in Tokyo to hold strategic talks on bilateral and European–Japanese cooperation in aerospace with the DLR’s Japanese partners.
Space weather research will be intensified and an early warning system for the protection of terrestrial infrastructures will be developed. Heat storage on a power plant scale is set to become the basis for a low-carbon energy system.
On 17 June 2019, during the 53rd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the French research organisation ONERA (Office National d’Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales) met at the DLR stand to agree their collaboration in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
The first 'Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries' (GLEC 2019) took place in Marrakesh, Morocco from 24 to 26 April 2019. This latest gathering of the International Astronautical Federation's (IAF) global conference series was organised in cooperation with the Moroccan Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale (CRTS), and the support of the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES).
Humanitarian aid organisations are increasingly seeking technological support for their work in crisis and disaster situations. New technologies from fields such as satellite remote sensing, robotics and communications can assist aid workers in rescuing and caring for people as effectively as possible in emergency situations.
The Consul General of India for South Germany Sugandh Rajaram visited the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen on 17 January 2019.
The United Nations High Level Forum 'The Way Forward after UNISPACE+50 and on Space2030' was held in Bonn from 13 to 16 November 2018. Over 300 participants from some 60 countries gathered in the federal city to discuss how aerospace applications can contribute to solving global challenges in future.
Representatives from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (UBC) came together in Augsburg to sign a cooperation agreement for the DLR@UBC research initiative.
On 29 October 2018, the Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) was opened in Bremerhaven. Operating against the backdrop of the Energy Transition, digitalisation, innovative mobility and global connectivity, the new institute will focus on the task of protecting vital infrastructures such as ports and offshore wind farms against accidents and terrorist or other attacks. It is the first of its kind in Europe.