Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Alfred Krabbe

Barbara Klett

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Keilig

Deputy SMO Director (Kalifornien)
Dr. rer. nat Bernhard Schulz

Standortleiter AFRC & SOFIA Teleskop Manager
Dipl.-Ing. Michael Hütwohl

Standortleiter ARC & und Facility Scientist
Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Wolf

Technology Advisor
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wagner

Bildungs- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Dr. rer. nat. Dörte Mehlert

Deutsches SOFIA Institut
Pfaffenwaldring 29
70569 Stuttgart

Tel. +49 (0)711/685-62379
Fax +49 (0)711/685-63596

First German SOFIA Workshop

General Briefing, Call for Proposals, Initial Science


SOFIA In Flight 

Presentations and Posters

Posters and slides of the presentations held during the Workshop are now available:

Presentations and Posters


Group Pictures of the Workshop participants

Focus of the Workshop

The US-German Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy SOFIA is now ready for science observations. As we are rapidly approaching the first call for proposals, this 2-day workshop is to brief the German astronomical community on the current status of SOFIA and to prepare it for the forthcoming first German SOFIA open time flights in mid- 2011.

Airborne Astronomy is different in some aspects from ground-based or satellite observations. The workshop is the first and most important opportunity for participants to collect all SOFIA background information and to fully understand its program, in addition to learning the procedures of for applying for observing time.

The workshop will be an open forum to discuss the draft Call for Proposal for German Science Demonstration flights, which will be executed in early to mid summer 2011. The final call will be released on March 4, 2011. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 20, 2011.

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize German scientific community with the entre operation of SOFIA in order to enable them to write successful observing proposals. The workshop leaves plenty of room for stimulating discussions about science with SOFIA, triggering new Ideas and possibly combining efforts. We suggest that participants propagate the information and material provided at the workshop to their home institutes.


Monday, February 28 – Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Aula Saal, Commundo Tagungshotel, Universitätsstraße 34, 70569 Stuttgart
This location is 100m off S-Bahn/train Station Universität in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.

Workshop Program

Please see the attached agenda .

Travel and Lodging

Lodging is in the same location as the meeting. Travel by train is highly recommendable.
The name of the railroad station is: Stuttgart-Universität. Leave exit Universitätszentrum. The venue Hotel Commundo is only a 2min walk eastwards.

Hotel Booking

call Hotel Commundo +49 711 – 6863 4062
or by email:
Please mention that you book your room from the SOFIA quota of the University of Stuttgart. Only then you will get the special university rate:
68,- € for a single room per night, breakfast included – Monday to Friday
48,- € for a single room per night, breakfast included – Friday to Monday
We strongly recommend to book soon.
Hotel rooms from the workshop quota will be held reserved until February 14, 2011 only!


To participate in the workshop please register here

Registration closed

Your early registration will be very much appreciated.


Feel free to bring posters along for display. We will have several poster stands available.
(Height: 140 cm; Width: 120 cm – suitable for Din A0 poster). There is no need to register for a poster presentation. You do not need to bring pins etc. to fix your poster.

Fee and Workshop Dinner

The workshop including coffee and refreshments at the breaks is free.
Dinner buffet on Monday night is sponsored by DLR.
Hotel and lunches etc. are to be paid by workshop participants directly to the hotel.

Local Organization

This workshop is organized by Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI) Stuttgart and sponsored by DLR.

  • Alfred Krabbe
  • Hans Zinnecker
  • Dörte Mehlert
  • Barbara Klett
  • Benjamin Greiner
  • Nadine Hanisch
  • Nicole Lampa
  • Cecilia Scorza
  • Anna Skachko
  • Thomas Wegmann

Further Information

If you have any questions, please contact one of the LOC members:
Barbara Klett
Dörte Mehlert
Hans Zinnecker
Alfred Krabbe

Latest news on the first science flight conducted with FORCAST can be found in the
Newsletter Dec 2012