Keynote Speakers 

Keynote Speakers 

The following distinguished personalities have agreed to deliver a keynote speech at EUSAR 2014.



The German Spaceborne Radar Program

Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

 Johann-Dietrich Wörner has been Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 1 March 2007. He was born in Kassel in 1954 and studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, from where he graduated in 1985. In 1982, as part of his studies, he spent two years in Japan, investigating earthquake safety. Until 1990 Wörner worked for the consulting civil engineers König und Heunisch. In 1990 he returned to Darmstadt University, where he was appointed to a professorship in Civil Engineering and took over as Head of the Testing and Research Institute. Before being elected President of the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 1995, he held the position of Dean of the Civil Engineering Faculty.
Wörner has been honoured with a series of prizes and awards such as the Prize of the Organisation of Friends of the Technische Universität Darmstadt for 'outstanding scientific performance'. He was also appointed to the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and is a representative of the Technical Sciences Section of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Wörner has received honorary doctorates from the State University New York (USA), the technical universities of Bucharest (Romania) and Mongolia, the Saint Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (Russia), and École Centrale Lyon (France). He has been honoured by the German state of Hesse and the French government.
Wörner is Vice President of the Helmholtz Association; he is also a member of various national and international supervisory bodies, advisory councils and committees. He was a member of the board of École Centrale Paris and École Centrale Lyon, the Convention for Technical Sciences (acatech) and the supervisory board of Röhm GmbH, to name just a few. Furthermore, he was appointed to the energy expert group of the German Government. He continues to be a member of the advisory boards of several universities such as the Technische Universität Berlin and the IST Lisboa.




ESA's Earth Observation Programme and SAR Missions

Volker Liebig, Director of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency (ESA)

Volker Liebig took up duty as Director of Earth Observation and Head of ESRIN in October 2004. ESRIN, ESA's Italian Center, is situated in Frascati, close to Rome. Born in Lübbecke, Germany, Volker Liebig grew up in Munich. He studied geophysics at the University of Munich where he received a PhD. Volker Liebig began his professional career in polar research and took part in the German Antarctic Expedition, Ganovex IV, where he investigated Earth's geomagnetic field. After six years working in managerial positions in the space industry, in 1994 he joined the German Space Agency, DARA.
During his career with DARA he was Head of the Earth Observation Utilisation Programme and then appointed Head of Application Programmes where he was responsible for communications, navigation and Earth observation. In 2000, the Senate of the German Aerospace Center, DLR, approved his appointment as the Programme Director of the German Space Programme.
In 1993 Volker Liebig became a member of ESA's Programme Board for Earth Observation, a post he held until 1998. For four years he was also a member of the ESA Council as well as a member of the Space Advisory Group of the European Commission. In 1999 he commenced lecturing at the University of Stuttgart, from which he has received an honorary professorship.




New Era of the Global Monitoring by ALOS-2 SAR

Shizuo Yamamoto, Executive Director, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)


Shizuo Yamamoto received the BS degrees in aeronautical engineering from Nagoya University in March 1977. He joined National Space Development Agency (NASDA), which was one of the former organizations of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in April 1977.  He was Section Chief of Data Processing Section, Earth Observation Center (EOC/NASDA) from 1982 to 1987 and was in charge of data processing of the US Landsat and the first Japanese Marine Observation Satellite (MOS-1).

Thereafter, Shizuo Yamamoto studied data processing technology of the optical sensing system at GFSC/NASA as a Visiting Fellow from March 1987 to March 1988.
He was Senior Engineer, Earth Observation Program Management Department from 1995 to 1998 and was in charge of NASDA’s Program Manager of the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM), which was a cooperative project between Japan and NASA.  He contributed to the success of TRMM program.

In 2007 Shizuo Yamamoto was appointed as Director of Systems Engineering Office and developed the R&D roadmap as the technological strategy in JAXA. Shizuo Yamamoto has been Executive Director of JAXA since 2013. He is responsible for all JAXA’s satellite projects of earth observation, communication, broad casting, and navigation. He also aims to create a new outcome for utilization of JAXA’s new satellites. Especially, ALOS-2 will be launched in 2014 which has high-performance observation ability. The dawn is breaking for the global monitoring by ALOS-2.

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