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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. 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