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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 | 09. April 2010 | 1 Comment

Eine Woche Tanken auf der Insel - abseits und doch präsent

Dieser Eintrag behandelt nicht das übliche Treiben in und um das DLR, sondern schlicht und einfach ein paar Tage Urlaub auf einer ostfriesischen Insel und die besonderen Möglichkeiten, Entspannung und Beruf in Einklang zu bringen. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 09. April 2010 | 1 Comment

A week of recharging on an island – away, but still present

This entry doesn’t deal with the usual bustle in and around DLR; it is quite simply about a few days of vacation on an East Frisian island and the special opportunity it provided to harmonise relaxation and work. read more