Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2015
    Chair of the DLR Executive Board

  • Pascale Ehrenfreund was president of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) since September 2013.

  • The purpose of the FWF is to support science and basic research in Austria on a high international level. Thereby the FWF plays a key role in the development of the Austrian science and research landscape.

  • Pascale Ehrenfreund is also Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Center for International Science and Technology Policy (George Washington Univ.).

  • As lead investigator of the NASA Astrobiology Institute she is involved in several international space missions. Her activities in science policy focus on the promotion of international cooperation and interdisciplinary research.

  • Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master in Molecular Biology (Univ. Vienna), a PhD in Astrophysics (Univ. Vienna) and a Master in Management & Leadership (Webster Univ.). She is also present in outer space since 1999, as the asteroid "9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3" bears her name.

Selected publications

  • Ehrenfreund, P., Charnley, S.B. Organic molecules in the ISM, comets and meteorites: A voyage from dark clouds to the early Earth, Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 38, p. 427-483 (2000).

  • Ehrenfreund, P., Irvine, W., Becker, L., Blank et al. Astrophysical and astrochemical insights into the origin of life. Reports on Progress in Physics 65, 1427 (2002).

  • Ehrenfreund, P., Fraser, H. Blum J. et al. Physics and chemistry of icy particles in the universe: answers from microgravity, Planetary and Space Science 51, 473-494 (2003).

  • Ehrenfreund, P., Charnley, S.B., Wooden, D.H. From ISM material to comet particles and molecules", COMETS II, eds. M. Festou, H.U.Keller, H. Weaver, Univ. Arizona Press, 115-133 (2004)

  • Ehrenfreund, P., Rasmussen, S., Cleaves, J.H., Chen, L. Experimentally tracing the key steps in the origin of life. Astrobiology 6/3, 482-513 (2006).

  • Ehrenfreund, P., Cami, J. (2010) "Cosmic carbon chemistry: from the interstellar medium to the early Earth", in: The origin of Life, eds. D. Deamer & J. Szostak, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 21-34

  • Ehrenfreund, P., McKay, C., Rummel, J.D., Foing, B.H., Neal, C.R., Masson-Zwaan, T., Ansdell, M., Peter, N., Zarnecki, J., Mackwell, S., Perino, M.A., Billings, L., Mankins, J., Race, M. Toward a Global Space Exploration Program: A Stepping Stone Approach. Advances in Space Research 49, 2-48 (2012).

Selected projects

  • Rosetta

  • Exomars

  • Oreocube

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, International Institute of Space Law IISL

    President, Austrian Science Fund FWF (honorary appointment)

  • Member, European Commission: Horizon2020 Space Advisory Group SAG

  • Chair, International Academy of Astronautics, Cosmic study: Dynamics of

    Space Exploration Strategies and Future Outlook

  • President, IAU International Astronomical Union, Commission 51 – Bioastronomy

  • Member, NRC Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science CAPS

  • Member, Eidgenössische Kommission für Weltraumfragen CFAS

  • Member, IAA International Academy of Astronautics (Life Sciences)

  • Chair, Committee on Space Research COSPAR Panel on Exploration PEX

Additional qualifications

  • M.A. Management & Leadership, Webster University, GPA: 3.83

    Title: Managing Global Space Exploration


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