Germany: The Senate of the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) appointed Professor Johan-Dietrich Wörner as Chairman of the Executive Board for the second term (next five years). In addition, the Senate designated Professor Hansjörg Dittus as the new Executive Board Member for Space.
After a twelve-year term as President of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Johann-Dietrich Wörner took up his position as Chairman of the DLR Executive Board on 1 March 2007. In addition to his activities at DLR, Professor Wörner is a member of other scientific organisations and academies, has led the mediation process for the expansion of Frankfurt airport since 2000 and, in 2011, prepared the dialogue forum on ‘Stuttgart 21’.
On his second term, Professor Wörner said, “The decision made by the DLR Senate is a demonstration of confidence and a confirmation of the effective work carried out by the DLR Executive Board under my leadership in recent years. In my second term, I will work towards consolidating DLR’s role as a unique interdisciplinary research institute and space agency,” Wörner added.