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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 | 01. October 2013 | 7 Comments

Die Bundestagswahl und die Konsequenzen

Am 22. September 2013 fanden mindestens zwei Ereignisse statt, die für das DLR von Bedeutung sind: Die Bundestagswahl und der Tag der Luft- und Raumfahrt in Köln. Mit der Öffnung unserer Forschungslabore sowie einem umfangreichen Programm konnten wir gemeinsam mit unseren Partnern, der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA, dem Flughafen Köln/Bonn und der Luftwaffe wieder Zehntausende in Köln-Porz begrüßen und feststellen, dass die Forschungsthemen des DLR offensichtlich großen Anklang in der Bevölkerung finden. Selbst lange Warteschlangen schreckten die Menschen, ob Groß oder Klein, nicht ab. Am selben Tag fand die Bundestagswahl statt und es wäre interessant gewesen, bei den Wählern neben der Parteienwahl gleichzeitig ein Votum zu Forschung und Entwicklung abzufragen. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 01. October 2013 | 7 Comments

German federal parliamentary elections and their consequences

On 22 September 2013, two events significant to DLR took place – the German federal parliamentary elections and 'German Aerospace Day', held in Cologne. By opening up our research labs and offering a wide-ranging programme of events, we were able to, together with our partners, the European Space Agency (ESA), Cologne/Bonn Airport and the German Air Force, welcome tens of thousands of visitors to Cologne-Porz. It was great to see that the research being conducted at DLR was met with such an enthusiastic response on the part of the general public; even long lines did not discourage visitors, both young and old, from taking part. The federal parliamentary elections were held on the same day and, in addition to polling voters about their party preferences, it would have been interesting to find out where they stood on issues relating to research and development. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 26. November 2012 | 9 Comments

ESA-Ministerratskonferenz - eine persönliche Betrachtung

In meinem letzten Blogeintrag habe ich auf die Vorbereitungen der Ratstagung auf Ministerebene der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA in Neapel hingewiesen und die zentralen Themen "Zukunft der ESA", "Trägersysteme" und "Nutzung der Internationalen Raumstation ISS" benannt. Nun, da die Konferenz vorüber ist, ist es an der Zeit, eine Bilanz zu ziehen. An dieser Stelle will ich eher meine persönlichen Erfahrungen beleuchten, die Fakten bzw. Beschlüsse sind durch die Medien hinlänglich bekannt. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 26. November 2012 | 9 Comments

ESA council meeting at ministerial level – a personal view

In my last blog entry, I referred to the preparations for the European Space Agency council meeting at ministerial level, to be held in Naples and the key topics 'the future of ESA', 'launch systems' and 'utilisation of the International Space Station'. Well, now that the conference has ended, it is time to take stock. At this point, I would like to highlight primarily my own personal experience, since the facts and agreed conclusions have already received plenty of attention in the media. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 16. April 2010 | 3 Comments

Ein Vulkan bricht aus und beeinflusst ganz Europa

Spätestens seit heute wissen fast alle Europäer, dass Island aktive Vulkane hat, manchem sagt sogar der Name Eyjafjallajökull etwas. Die Folgen des Ausbruchs haben den Luftverkehr in weiten Bereichen lahmgelegt. Das DLR konnte - wie beispielsweise auch seine Partnerorganisationen NASA und ESA - durch seine Kompetenzen und den Zugriff auf entsprechende Satellitendaten auch die Öffentlichkeit über das Ausmaß informieren. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 16. April 2010 | 3 Comments

A volcanic eruption affects the whole of Europe

As of today, nearly all Europeans know that Iceland has active volcanos, and some are even familiar with the name Eyjafjallajökull. The consequences of the eruption have paralysed air traffic over a wide area. DLR was able – as were its partner organizations, NASA and ESA – to use its expertise and access to appropriate satellite data to inform the public about the extent of the problem. read more