On 12 and 13 of December 2017 at the invitation of prof. Hansjörg Dittus, board member for space research and technology at the German space agency (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) held workshops for representatives of Polish research institutions at the DLR headquarters in Oberfaffenhofen, Germany.
Representatives of the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CBK PAN), Gdańsk University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology and the Institute of Oceanography took a part.
The aim of the workshop was to determine the possibilities of intensifying Polish-German scientific cooperation in the field of space research. POLSA and DLR have good relations and the German agency cooperates with Polish research institutions, such as CBK PAN, especially in the field of planetary research and space operations.
- The visit was an excellent opportunity to promote cooperation between German and Polish researchers in the field of Earth observation, space exploration and space debris - said Marek Moszyński, Vice President of POLSA for Science, who headed the Polish delegation.
The program of the visit included lectures presenting Polish and German research institutions as well as visiting the DLR headquarters in Oberfaffenhofen. Participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss next steps of cooperation.
- During our discussions we focused on questions from the areas of planetary research, space debris and Earth observation - explained prof. Dittus - We discussed specific cooperation options regarding, among others, river monitoring using radar data, as well as cooperation in Mars exploration.
The workshop organization plan was created during the three-day visit of prof. Dittus and the DLR delegation in Poland, which took place at the invitation of POLSA at the end of April 2017.
The previous meeting of representatives of the Polish and German space sector took place in Gdańsk in October 2016. The main organizer was POLSA and a partner - DLR.