Author Archives: Jan Woerner

Europe must keep calm and carry on

It was in the aftermath of World War 2 that the idea of a United Europe first really took hold, resulting in a series of steps being taken that would make it a reality. In parallel to...

When will it stop? What is to be done?

Once again, we have witnessed, in disbelief and horror, the unfolding of a brutal and senseless terrorist attack, this time on Barcelona’s famous Ramblas, one of the city’s most popular tourist locations. People from across the world...

Giovanni Bignami, 10 April 1944 – 25 May 2017. Image: Cirone-Musi, Festival della Scienza, CC BY-SA 2.0

Another week of sad news

Once again, we have had to witness a brutal and senseless terrorist attack, this time all the more wicked for targeting a concert attended mostly by very young people, barely starting out in life. Those who lost...

Diversity

Why promote diversity?

In my last blog post I wrote about the female astronaut candidates who never flew. This was a story from the middle of the last century. Since then many changes have occurred, but can we safely say...

Wally Funk & Jan Woerner

Sadness and surprise

Once again we have seen Europe, in this case London, hit by an attack which tragically left several dead and others severely injured. Whether it was the work of an organised terrorist cell or the action of...

Springtime in Europe, as seen by ESA's Proba-V satellite.

Challenging times for Europe and our planet

It is a fact that Europe is facing numerous challenges: while day in day out across the continent people reap the benefits of a Europe open for travel, investment and interaction, there are more than a few...

Bye bye 2016, roll on 2017!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Veselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok Glædelig jul og godt nytår Rõõmsaid Jõule ja Head Uut Aastat Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta Joyeux Noël et bonne année Fröhliche Weihnachten...