Johann-Dietrich ‘Jan’ Wörner is the ESA Director General. He studied civil engineering at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and TU Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. Until 1990, Mr Wörner worked for consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. He returned to TU Darmstadt in 1990 as professor of civil engineering and took over as Head of the Test and Research Institute. He became TU’s President in 1995 and headed the university until 2007. He succeeded in making it the first autonomous university of the Federal Republic of Germany. Before joining ESA as Director General, Jan Wörner was head of the German delegation to ESA from 2007 to 2015 and served as Chairman of the ESA Council from 2012 to 2014.
Europe and Space19+: The decade ahead
Saturday 1st February 2020: Session Three
The European Space Agency (ESA) received a strong mandate, and the resources that go with it, by its Member States’ Ministers gathered in Sevilla for “Space 19+” last November. This mandate is to strengthen Europe’s position in space science and exploration as well as leveraging space systems to tackle climate change while acting to preserve the space environment and defend Earth from threats coming from space. Already the year 2020 will see two major scientific missions being launched: Solar Orbiter and ExoMars with its UK-built rover dubbed after Rosalind Franklin. Europe, through ESA, will develop the first space debris removal missions in the world. ESA Director General Jan Woerner will take the audience through the many different projects that are being developed to enhance our knowledge, understanding, safety and security through space systems and that will shape the decade ahead.