January 29, 2018 | Germany – Canada: agreement on comprehensive research alliance

DLR and the National Research Council Canada (NRC) extend their collaboration across all research areas

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the National Research Council Canada (NRC) have been working together for several years in the field of aeronautics research. On 28 January, Rolf Henke, DLR Executive Board Member responsible for Aeronautics Research, and NRC President Iain Stewart signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the continued cooperation between the two agencies during the 33 German-Canadian conference organised by Atlantik-Brücke e.V. in Munich.

"Our cooperation will be extended to additional scientific areas of the two national research institutions due to the outstanding results achieved thus far as well as their excellent expertise," commented Henke. "Our countries can complement and support each other in scientific technological research and development. This year, for instance, a joint airborne measuring campaign to develop L-band radar technology will be conducted in Canada."

The top-level event was opened by Friedrich Merz and Tom Jenkins, respective Chairmen of the Atlantik-Brücke organisation in Germany and Canada. The annual meeting, attended by several hundred leading experts from industry, research and government was supported by the Business Council of Canada, the Germany Embassy to Canada and the Canadian Embassy to Germany.

As the country's foremost government advisory and research institution, the National Research Council Canada supports industrial and scientific research in Canada. The new cooperation agreement will now see the NRC and DLR further developing their relationship, with an emphasis on topics that are important for the future, such as space, sophisticated manufacturing technology, digital technology, energy and the environment. Their collaboration is not limited to research and development, but also includes strategic planning and innovation management. In future, for instance, the DLR Project Management Agency will have the option of working together with its Canadian partner to promote research and drive innovation in Germany.

About Atlantik-Brücke e.V.

Atlantik-Brücke, founded in 1952, is a non-profit, non-partisan association that aims to foster collaboration between Germany, Europe and North America on all levels. It is committed to multilateralism, open societies and free trade. Its approximately 500 members are decision-makers in the fields of industry, government, science and the media on both sides of the Atlantic.


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