A Message from the Director

Dear readers,

With 2021, a very changeable year is now drawing to a close. Due to the fact that we work in two hemispheres with the Sydney and Pfinztal sites, we had to continuously and alternately struggle with the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The year 2021 began with the emergence of the new delta variant and led to drastic restrictions and lockdowns in Germany, Europe and especially in countries in the northern hemisphere that extended into June. In particular, travel restrictions and workplace measures such as distance rules or home offices led to challenges regarding the implementation of existing projects and the acquisition of new projects. Reciprocal stays have of course been out of the question since the beginning of 2020. The onset of winter in Australia in turn led to tighter measures there from July onwards, including lockdowns until the beginning of November. Currently, UNSW return to campus is limited to essential staff and research students.. Furthermore, students who are overseas are starting to return Australia.

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CENELEST Adivsory Board Meeting

On 02 December 2021, the international Advisory Board met for the first time with the leaders of CENELEST. At this meeting, the participants were mainly informed about the activities of CENELEST in the past years. In addition, there were in-depth discussions about the future strategy of CENELEST’s research and development. CENELEST pursues a strongly application-oriented development and is therefore grateful for all suggestions from industry and other academic fields. For this reason, the Board will now meet every 6 months to discuss the direction of CENELEST.