Josef Aschbacher appointed as New Director of ESA Earth Observation
On 14 June 2016, at a meeting of the ESA Council, Mr Josef Aschbacher was appointed as ESA Director of Earth Observation. Mr Aschbacher is currently the Head of Programme Planning and Coordination in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA ESRIN, located in Frascati, Italy. Born in Austria, he studied at the University of Innsbruck, graduating with a Master’s and a Doctoral Degree in Natural Sciences. He has 35 years of professional experience in Earth observation. He will be succeeding Mr Volker Liebig, who has been Director of Earth Observation since October 2004.