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Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner

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Chairman of the Executive Board

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Germany
German Aerospace Center, 1776 I Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington DC , District of Columbia 20006
United States

Company Description: DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is...   more

Employment History

  • Head
  • President
    Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Vice President
    Helmholtz Association
  • Representative of the Technical Sciences Section
    German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • honorary doctorates
    State University New York
  • civil engineering
    Darmstadt Technological University
  • civil engineering
    Berlin Institute of Technology
  • honorary doctorates
    State University of New York
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Web References
International Space News, 5 Jan 2015 [cached]
Johann-Dietrich Wörner, currently the head of Germany's space agency DLR, will become the new Director General (DG) of ESA next summer, succeeding Jean-Jacques Dordain.
A civil engineer, Wörner (whose name is often transliterated into English as Woerner), has led DLR since March 2007 as Chairman of its Executive Board. Before joining DLR, he was President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt, where he previosuly was Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty. Prior positions included work for the civil engineering consultants König and Heunisch and, while a student, two years in Japan investigating earthquake safety.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board, DLR Photo Credit: DLR website
Dordain will remain at the helm until June 30, 2015 and Wörner will begin his new duties as DG on July 1.
Wörner will be taking over an agency with stable funding of about 3 billion Euros a year, but as with most space agencies, aspirations often exceed available resources and he will have his work cut out for him navigating the ESA-EU relationship and convincing member states to fund ESA's many mandatory and optional programs.
At the December 2 meeting, Dordain was able to announce funding commitments only through 2017. (NASA is hoping ESA and its other ISS partners (Russia, Japan and Canada) will agree to support ISS through 2024, but that topic was not on the council's agenda at this meeting.) Launch vehicles and ISS are part of ESA's optional programs where member countries can choose to participate or not and Wörner will need to continue convincing participating members that they are getting sufficient return on their investment in ISS. Germany is viewed as the strongest supporter of ISS within ESA.
Wörner is well known in Washington space policy circles not only for his effective representation of Germany's space interests, but charmingly quirky sense of humor and entertaining stories.
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 Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. 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. Wörner has been honoured with a series of prizes and awards such as the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of the Technische Universität Darmstadt 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 New York (USA), the technical universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, the Saint Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia), and École Centrale Lyon (France). He has been honoured by the German state of Hesse and the French government. Wörner is Vice President of the Helmholtz Association; he is also a member of various national and international supervisory bodies, advisory councils and committees. He was 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. Furthermore, he was appointed to the energy expert group of the German Government. He continues to be a member of the advisory boards of several universities such as the Technische Universität Berlin and the IST Lisboa.
We are thus ensuring stability and ..., 8 Jan 2014 [cached]
We are thus ensuring stability and continuity for the operation of the Galileo system - both for the present and in the future," stated Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board.
After a speech last week at ..., 15 Dec 2014 [cached]
After a speech last week at a meeting of the Space Transportation Association in Washington, an audience member asked Johann-Dietrich Wörner, head of the German space agency DLR and a leading candidate to be the next director general of ESA, what he thought the next destination for human space exploration should be. "I don't think a Mars mission is really within the scope of the next 30 to 40 years," he responded. Asteroid missions, he noted, could likely be better done with robotic probes.
DLR and Dassault Aviation agree on cooperation in aerospace research - Dassault Aviation, 18 June 2013 [cached]
"I am pleased that we are collaborating with another partner of the European aeronautics industry," said Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board.
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