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Jan Wörner

On 1 July 2015, Johann-Dietrich Wörner took up his new post as Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The ‘Jan Wörner’ blog was written by Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner during his time as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). Jan Wörner wrote all the posts himself and then sent them to DLR Corporate Communications for editing, picture research and online publication.

Johann-Dietrich Wörner was born in Kassel in 1954. He was Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR from 1 March 2007 to 30 June 2015.

Wörner studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, where received his doctorate in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent two years in Japan, investigating earthquake safety. Until 1990, Wörner worked for the consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. He then returned to the Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he was appointed to a professorship in Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Testing and Research Institute. Before being elected President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty.

Posts from Jan Wörner

Jan Wörner Blog | 16. May 2012

Long time no see ...

Seit meinem letzten Blogeintrag zum Start des dritten europäischen Raumtransporters ATV-3 ist eine relativ lange Zeit vergangen. Grund ist keine "Blogmüdigkeit" meinerseits, sondern die vielen Aktivitäten, die mir die Ruhe für einen Eintrag nicht recht geben wollten. Dies ist allerdings eine schwache Begründung, denn der Zeitaufwand für einen Blogeintrag ist tatsächlich nicht sehr hoch. Sie sollen über meine Arbeit als Vorstandsvorsitzender jenseits der "normalen" Kommunikationskanäle berichten und so allen Interessierten, extern wie DLR-intern, einen etwas tieferen Einblick ermöglichen. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 16. May 2012

Long time no see ...

Quite some time has passed since my previous blog post – it was on the launch of the third European space transporter, ATV-3. This isn't due to any 'blog fatigue' on my part, but rather to the many activities that have simply kept me from writing my next entry. But I guess you could say that this is a fairly weak excuse, since it does not really take all that long to write a blog post. Blog entries give me the opportunity to report on my work as Chairman of the DLR Executive Board outside the 'normal' channels of communication and thus to allow all interested parties, both within and outside DLR, to gain a little more insight. read more