DLR Graduate school GANDALF

Graduate School for "Awareness and Fighting of Pandemic Threats"

The GANDALF Graduate School for "Awareness and Fighting of Pandemic Threats" was formed as a collaborative hub for PhD students from various DLR institutes to strengthen the resilience of public transportation to pandemic threats.

Motivation and research objectives

Through interdisciplinary collaboration and the use of state-of-the-art infrastructure, technologies are being developed to detect, assess and reduce the risk of infection in public transportation. Among other things, the following questions are being addressed:

  • How can microbial hazards be detected at an early stage?
  • How can health risks on board public transport be monitored and minimized through data collection and analysis?
  • How do aerosols spread in the passenger compartment or in an aircraft cabin?
  • How can filter and decontamination technologies be designed for aircraft cabins as well as train and bus passenger compartments?

Interdisciplinary co-operation

"Diversity makes us strong" - DLR's motto is particularly emphasized within the DLR Graduate School GANDALF. The cooperation takes place between six DLR institutes from different research areas. The individual doctoral students work on their own projects and are experts in these fields. There is a regular exchange within the graduate school, in which the respective projects benefit from the different areas of expertise. This ensures that topics are examined from different angles. Interdisciplinary interaction between fields such as microbiology, fluid mechanics, information technology and vehicle concepts is essential to answer the complex questions.

For networking and validation of the research objectives and results, an intensive exchange with partners from research and industry takes place within the framework of workshops such as the GANDALF Mid-Term Workshop.


Here you can find our current publications in our DLR database eLib.


  • 2021 - 2025

Participating institutes


Dr.-Ing. Frank Rinderknecht

Head of Research Area
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Vehicle Concepts
Alternative Energy Conversion
Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, 70569 Stuttgart