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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. December 2010

Happy Holidays! Kooperation und Zusammenarbeit mit den Vereinigten Staaten

Kurz vor Weihnachten lädt das DLR-Büro in Washington D.C. zu einem Empfang unter dem Motto "Happy Holidays!" ein. Verschiedene US-amerikanische Partner aus der Luft- und Raumfahrt werden eingeladen, um in lockerer Atmosphäre das vergangene Jahr Revue passieren zu lassen und zugleich Pläne für die Zukunft zu schmieden. In diesem Jahr stand der Empfang für mich allerdings am Ende einer sehr interessanten Dienstreise, die mich quer durch die USA führte und mit vielen unserer dortigen Partner zusammenbrachte. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 16. December 2010

Happy Holidays! Cooperation with partners in the United States

Shortly before Christmas, the DLR office in Washington DC invites our partners to attend a Holiday reception. This way, various DLR's various US aerospace sector partners are invited to take a look back at the past year in a convivial atmosphere, and also to make plans for the future. This year, the reception occurred at the end of what proved to be a fascinating business trip, one which took me right across the US and gave me the opportunity to meet many of our partners there. read more