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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. May 2011

Gedanken zum Abschied

Am heutigen Montag startete das Space Shuttle Endeavour zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS. An Bord befindet sich das wissenschaftliche Großgerät AMS, das Hinweise auf Dunkle Materie und Antimaterie entdecken soll. Der Flug ist der Letzte der Endeavour, zugleich läutet er das Ende der Shuttle-Ära ein. Parallel zu diesem eher technischen Abschied mussten wir auch Thomas Reiter verabschieden, der seit Mitte April als Direktor für "Human Spaceflight and Operations" der Europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA tätig ist. Zwei Abschiede im Raumfahrtbereich – Grund genug für mich, über grundsätzliche Fragen der Raumfahrt nachzudenken. read more

Jan Wörner Blog | 16. May 2011

Reflections on parting

On 16 May, the Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched en route to the International Space Station (ISS). On board was the large science experiment, AMS, designed to look for evidence of dark matter and antimatter. The flight is Endeavour's last, and it heralds the end of the shuttle era. In parallel with this somewhat technical farewell, we have also had to say goodbye to Thomas Reiter, who has been Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations for the European Space Agency (ESA)since mid-April. Two departures in the area of space exploration were sufficient reason for me to start reflecting on fundamental issues in spaceflight. read more