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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 | 21. February 2014 | 2 Comments

Gemeinsame Erklärung zum Deutsch-Französischen Ministerrat

Am 19. Februar tagte der Deutsch-Französische Ministerrat in Paris und beriet über eine breite Palette von Themen. Dabei zeigte sich einmal mehr, dass das DLR mit seinem Portfolio politisch hochrelevante Themen bearbeitet, denn Luftfahrt, Raumfahrt, Energie, Verkehr und Sicherheit werden in der gemeinsamen Erklärung behandelt. Über diese an sich schon interessante und wichtige Feststellung hinaus, sind aus den Ergebnissen des Treffens aber auch Aspekte abzulesen, die unsere Arbeit beeinflussen werden, da auch konkrete Beschlüsse zu Forschung und Entwicklung in der gemeinsamen Erklärung enthalten sind. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 21. February 2014 | 2 Comments

Joint declaration – Franco-German Ministerial Council

The Franco-German Ministerial Council met in Paris on 19 February 2014 to discuss a wide range of topics. Aviation, space, energy, transport and security were all mentioned in the joint declaration, once again demonstrating that DLR is working on areas of high political relevance. This is interesting and important, but in addition, concrete decisions with regard to research and development that will affect our work here at DLR were included in the joint declaration. read more