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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 | 18. April 2010 | 22 Comments

Ein Vulkan bricht aus und beeinflusst ganz Europa - Teil 2

Nachdem nun schon seit Freitag der Flugverkehr über Europa weitgehend zum Erliegen gekommen ist, wird in der Öffentlichkeit zunehmend über die Frage der Lagebeurteilung diskutiert. Dabei werden Zuständigkeiten, Kompetenzen und tatsächliche Möglichkeiten in einem problematischen Durcheinander gemischt. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 18. April 2010 | 22 Comments

A volcanic eruption affects the whole of Europe – part 2

After air traffic over Europe largely came to a standstill on Friday, and the public is increasingly discussing the question of how to judge the situation. At the same time, responsibility, expertise and effective actions in a problematic situation are confused. read more