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Dr. Pascale EHRENFREUND Chair of the Executive Board, DLR - German Aerospace Center, Cologne


1983-1988 Astronomy and Biology/Genetics, University of Vienna
1988 M.S. Molecular Biology, Austrian Academy of Science, Institute of Molecular Biology, Salzburg
1990 Ph.D. Astrophysics, University of Vienna
1999 Venia legendi in Astrochemistry, University of Vienna
2001-2003 Associate Professor at Leiden Observatory, NL
2002-2008 Adjunct Professor, Univ. Nijmegen, Institute of Astronomy, NL
2003-2004 Professor, Astrobiology, University of Amsterdam
2004-2005 Professor, Astrobiology, Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University
2005-2008 Distinguished Visiting Scientist/Consultant, JPL/Caltech, Pasadena
2006 Professor, Astrobiology, Leiden University
2008 M.A. Management & Leadership, Webster University
  Research Professor of Space Policy & International Affairs, Elliot School of International Affairs,
  George Washington University, Washington DC
since 2008 Lead Investigator: NASA Astrobiology Institute, Node Wisconsin Faculty,
2013-2015 President, Austrian Science Fund FWF, Vienna
since 2015 Chair of the Executive Board, DLR - German Aerospace Center, Cologne


Chair, Committee on Space Research COSPAR Panel on Exploration PEX, since 2010
IAA International Academy of Astronautics (Life Sciences), since 2011
Eidgenössische Kommission für Weltraumfragen CFAS, since 2011
President, IAU International Astronomical Union, Commission 51 - Bioastronomy, since 2012
NRC Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science CAPS, since 2012
Co-Chair, International Academy of Astronautics, since 2013
European Commission: Horizon2020 Space Advisory Group SAG, since 2013
International Institute of Space Law IISL, since 2014
Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association USRA, Region III, since 2015
Vice President, Helmholtz Association (Aeronautics-Space-Transportation), since 2015
Vice Chancellor, International Space University, since 2016
Vice President International Astronautical Federation: Communication, Publications and Global Conferences, since 2016


over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference papers; 12 books edited


APART Prize, Austrian Academy of Science, 1996
Asteroid 9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3, 1999
Pastoor-Schmeits Prize for Astronomy and New Impulse Grant, Dutch Government, 2001
NASA Group Achievement Award for the O/OREOS satellite mission, 2011
NASA Astrobiology Institute, 2007 and 2013