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Jan Wörner

The Jan Wörner blog is written by the Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center, Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner – no hype! Jan Wörner writes all the posts himself and the gives then to DLR Corporate Communications for editing, picture research and online publication.
Johann-Dietrich Wörner was born in Kassel in 1954. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center since 1 March 2007.

Wörner studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, from where he graduated 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. In 1990 he returned to Darmstadt University, 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 | 09. November 2012

Eine heiße Debatte um eine kalte Kartoffel

In den letzten Wochen war es ruhig in meinem Blog. Der Grund dafür: Hektik. Viele Termine und Ereignisse - von der Internationalen Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung ILA über den International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Neapel bis hin zu DLR-Interna - haben mein durch die Erdrotation verfügbares Zeitkontingent vollends aufgebraucht. Ein besonders wichtiges Ereignis ist die bevorstehende ESA-Ministerratskonferenz, die vom 20. bis 21. November 2012 in Neapel stattfinden wird. Diese Konferenz wird in Bezug auf eine Reihe offener Fragen zu einer Richtungsentscheidung hochstilisiert. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 09. November 2012

A heated debate concerning 'a cold potato'

My blog has been quiet in recent weeks; the reason for this is that it has been hectic. Too many appointments and events – from the ILA Berlin Airshow and the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Naples, to internal appointments within DLR – have fully taken up the time allocated to me by Earth's rotation. One particularly important event is the upcoming ESA Council meeting at ministerial level, which will also take place in Naples, on 20 and 21 November 2012. This meeting is being built up as a directional decision-making session dealing with a range of open questions. read more