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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

Von der kalten Kartoffel zum toten Pferd …

Vor einiger Zeit habe ich an dieser Stelle von der heißen Diskussion über eine kalte Kartoffel geschrieben. Gemeint war die Diskussion über die Beziehung zwischen der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation (ESA) und der Europäischen Union (EU). Die Bestrebungen, die ESA in die EU zu integrieren, werden von Deutschland nicht unterstützt. Wir halten eine zwischenstaatliche europäische Raumfahrtagentur für eine zukunftsfähige Konstruktion. Die Zeit ist fortgeschritten und aus der kalten Kartoffel ist mittlerweile ein "totes Pferd" geworden: Es ist längst klar, dass eine Integration nicht nur unvernünftig, sondern auch nicht umsetzbar ist. read more

From a 'cold potato' to a 'dead horse' …

Some time ago, in this blog, I wrote about a heated debate concerning a 'cold potato'; back then, I discussed the relationship between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union (EU). Germany does not support the current efforts to integrate ESA into the EU. We consider an intergovernmental European Space Agency to be necessary for a sustainable way of working. Time has passed, and the 'cold potato' has become a 'dead horse'. It has been clear for some time that this integration is not only illogical, but also unworkable. read more