Luxembourg, 18 December 2020. – As expected: The European Space Agency (ESA) appointed Josef Aschbacher as the next Director General of ESA for a period of four years. He succeeds Jan Wörner, whose term of office ends on 30 June 2021, ESA said.
Aschbacher is currently ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes and Head of ESRIN, ESA’s centre for Earth Observation near Rome.
Born in Austria, Aschbacher studied at the University of Innsbruck, where he obtained Masters and PhD degrees in Natural Sciences. He has over three decades of experience working in international organisations, including ESA, the European Commission, the Austrian Space Agency and the Asian Institute of Technology.