Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will take part in the 2011 Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Cape Town, South Africa as a featured speaker.
2011, to be held September 29 to October 1, will be both the tenth anniversary of the Space Generation Advisory Council's
(SGAC's) annual event as well as the first ever SGC in Africa.
speech to the university student and young professional delegates of SGC
, Prof. Wörner
will address the topic space development in Europe and Germany.
Among other things, he
will discuss the current state, as well as Germany's perspectives on why to it engages in space activities and Germany's goals for the next decade.
"We are thrilled to host Prof. Wörner
at this year's Space Generation Congress
, particularly on the heals of the signing of a memorandum of understanding between DLR and SGAC
," said Michael Brett, SGAC Chair on behalf of the organisation.
We welcome the opportunity to introduce Prof. Wörner
to the conference as well."
About SGC Anniversary Day
is joining a distinguished list of featured speakers at SGC
About Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Johann-Dietrich Wörner was born in Kassel in 1954.
He has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 1 March 2007.
He studied civil engineering at the Berlin Institute of Technology and Darmstadt Technological University, from where he graduated in 1985.
In 1982, he
left for a two-year study leave to Japan, investigating earthquake safety.
Until 1990 Wörner
worked at the engineering office of König und Heunisch.
In 1990 he
returned to Darmstadt Technological University
, where he
took over as Head of the Testing and Research Institute
Before being elected President of Darmstadt Technological University in 1995, he filled the position as Technical Director of the Institute for Glass Construction, and Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty.
was honoured with a series of prizes and awards such as the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of Darmstadt Technological University
for 'outstanding scientific performance'.
He was also appointed to the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and is a representative of the Technical Sciences Section of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Wörner has received honorary doctorates from the State University of New York (USA), the technological universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, the Saint Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia), and École Centrale Lyon (France).
Wörner is also a member of various national and international supervisory bodies, advisory councils and committees.
He is a member of the board of École Centrale Paris and École Centrale Lyon, the Convention for Technical Sciences (acatech) and the supervisory board of Röhm GmbH, to name just a few.
was appointed to the "Projektgruppe Energiepolitisches Programm" (PEPP) expert group of the German Government.