Posted on 18/12/2015 by Jan Woerner
Merry Christmas, or should I say Happy Holidays?
As we are constantly reminded, Christmas is fast approaching. Business, as we all know, has a finely-tuned understanding of how to use this season to its advantage, boosting turnover in the process. In our cities, twinkling lights...
Posted on 14/12/2015 by Jan Woerner
How do we in Europe work together on space?
On 30 November 2015 an EU-ESA informal Space Council took place in Brussels. On the agenda were three topics: the evolution of the Space Council, the institutional launcher market and promotion of the use of space systems...
Posted on 14/11/2015 by Jan Woerner
Shock, dismay and a terrible sadness
I had originally intended to spend this weekend writing a blog post describing events involving ESA over the last few weeks in which I would have communicated my personal judgements, points of satisfaction and concerns. But now...
Posted on 19/10/2015 by Jan Woerner
Some impressions of IAC 2015 in Jerusalem
The 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) took place last week in Jerusalem. Already before travelling to Israel the question of security was raised. As the conflict in Israel and especially in Jerusalem developed, my responsibility as DG...
Posted on 09/10/2015 by Jan Woerner
My first 100 days
It is a well-known custom to assess after the first 100 days in a new position what has been achieved, and what still needs to be done. In keeping with this custom, I would like to present...
Posted on 31/08/2015 by Jan Woerner
Another week, more issues and a sad personal event
While still enjoying the transition into the ESA structure, I have had to tackle several issues already. Relations between ESA and the European Commission I mentioned in my previous blog post: There needs to be a clear...
Posted on 04/08/2015 by Jan Woerner
4 weeks, many impressions and 1 hot topic
My first four weeks at ESA were filled with a great many differing impressions. For me, the most important aspects were the meetings with staff and contractors at the various ESA sites: after presenting my general ideas...
Posted on 08/07/2015 by Jan Woerner
First activities at my “new” Space Agency
It is already a week since I “moved” from the german space agency DLR to ESA, and it was full of different activities and impressions: after landing in Orly/Paris on 1 July, I met Jean-Pierre, who drove...
Posted on 01/07/2015 by Jan Woerner
My first day at ESA
The headline sounds a little bit like “My first day at school”, and in fact it is similar: My new role as Director General of the European Space Agency demands a lot of learning. Learning should lead...
Posted on 01/07/2015 by Marco Trovatello
Jan Wörner took up duty as ESA Director General on 1 July 2015. He started blogging in January 2010 as chairperson of DLR/The German Aerospace Center and continues to do so in his new role.