SPARC Office

The SPARC International Project Office (IPO) is responsible for the coordination of scientific and administrative aspects of the SPARC project and its activities under the oversight of the SPARC Scientific Steering Group.

Office Sponsor

The SPARC Office in  Oberpfaffenhofen is sponsored by

Contact the SPARC Office in Oberpfaffenhofen

Dr. Mareike Heckl
phone: +49 81 5328 1597
email: gro.e1709245547tamil1709245547c-cra1709245547ps@ec1709245547iffo1709245547

Mareike graduated as physicist at Heidelberg University while undertaking research for airborne optical spectrometry. Her PhD-project was carried out at DLR-IPA applying micro-wave remote sensing aboard the German research aircraft HALO. She gained experiences abroad during field campaigns in Brazil, Malaysia and New Zealand. During her studies she spent extended periods in New Zealand and the United States. Mareike is providing a link between the scientific planning facilitated by the SPARC Office and the necessary administrative tasks.


Dr. Stefanie Kremser
email: gro.e1709245547tamil1709245547c-cra1709245547ps@ec1709245547iffo1709245547

After completing her Diplom degree in meteorology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, Stefanie received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship to carry out her PhD project at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand. Stefanie’s expertise is in atmospheric chemistry, with the focus on ozone and sulfate aerosol. She also enjoys working with satellite-based measurements and developing methods to combine data from different sources into a homogeneous database that can be used to evaluate climate model simulations. During her PhD she gained experience
in inverse modelling, a method that can be applied to derive sources of air pollution. Stefanie is stepping in for the SPARC office director Mareike Heckl while she is on parental leave, providing a link between the scientific planning facilitated by the SPARC Office and the necessary administrative tasks.

Dr. Sabrina Zechlau
Office Manager
phone: +49 81 5328 2560
email: gro.e1709245547tamil1709245547c-cra1709245547ps@ec1709245547iffo1709245547

Sabrina graduated as physicist at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich on the topic of observationally based constraints on carbon cycle feedbacks, closely working together with the Exeter University and also spending alot of time there. After her PhD she did a PostDoc at DLR-IPA focusing on the evaluation of the carbon cycle in Earth System Models and on constraining multi-model projections with observational data. Sabrina is supporting the Office Director by answering inquires, planning meetings, sending out the latest news and updating the SPARC webpage.

Brigitte Ziegele
Office Manager
phone: +49 81 5328 2504
fax: +49 81 5328 1841
email: gro.e1709245547tamil1709245547c-cra1709245547ps@ec1709245547iffo1709245547

Brigitte has long experience in office management in a research institute with multi-faceted administrative tasks. For a number of years she took care of the office duties of an editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. At the SPARC Office she provides much of the administrative backbone for the planning and execution of SPARC meetings from the scale of specialist workshops via the annual Scientific Steering Group meetings to the quadrennial General Assemblies, always tuned-in with staff of the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva.

Winfried Beer
Information Technology Advisor
phone: +49 81 5328 2583
email: ed.rl1709245547d@TI-1709245547AP1709245547

Winfried takes care of much of the computing infrastructure at DLR-IPA, including software solutions and hardware requirements for web-hosting. The SPARC Office team can directly tap his broad personal knowledge for the move of the SPARC web-portal from Zurich to Oberpfaffenhofen and its further development.


Postal address

SPARC Office
c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre (IPA)
Münchener Strasse 20
D-82234 Oberpfaffenhofen,  G e r m a n y

How to find us in Oberpfaffenhofen

Münchener Straße 20
82234 Oberpfaffenhofen
G e r m a n y

The DLR site Oberpfaffenhofen site is approximately 25 kilometres west of Munich Close to the Munich-Lindau motorway (A96). There are several ways of getting to DLR:

Public Transport

From Munich city center or Munich Airport, take S-Bahn line S8 towards Herrsching. From Munich Airport you can also take S-Bahn line S1 (towards Ostbahnhof) – in this case, please note that you have to change trains at “Laim” and take S-Bahn line S8 towards Herrsching.

  • By Foot: alight at S-Bahn station “Neugilching” or “Weßling” and walk to DLR (approximately 2,5  kilometers from either station).
  • Taxi: available from S-Bahn stations “Unterpfaffenhofen-Germering” (12 km to DLR) and “Gilching-Argelsried” (3 km to DLR).
  • Bus: available from S-Bahn stations “Gilching-Argelsried”, “Neugilching” and “Weßling” – take Bus 942, Bus 952 or Bus 955, alight at “DLR”.

Create your individual journey plan online with the Munich Transport and Tariff Association MVV – please, enter “DLR – Oberpfaffenhofen” as destination.

By Taxi

A taxi ride to DLR from Munich airport will cost about 80 EUR (approx. 45 min) and from Munich city centre about 35 EUR (approx. 30 min).

By Car

Take the Motorway A96 Munich-Lindau. Leave the motorway at Exit 32, Oberpfaffenhofen and turn left at the crossing  towards Herrsching/Oberpfaffenhofen/Weßling. After approximately 800 metres, at the second crossing with traffic lights, the entry to DLR is on your left.