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Michael Ganß was appointed Administrative Director of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht on 1st October 2003 and is responsible for Administration and the Technical Infrastructure.
Before joining HZG, he spent 14 years at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where he served in a range of executive positions, most recently as Managing Director of the DLR locations in Porz (Cologne) and Oberkassel (Bonn), as well as Director of Technical Services at DLR and Spokesperson of the Managing Directors of the DLR locations. After being appointed Assistant to the DLR Executive Board in 1989, Michael Ganß was initially responsible for programme integration and establishing systems of corporate controlling at DLR.
Following the merger between DLR and the German Space Agency (DARA) in 1997, he first moved to a management position in the space activities of DLR and subsequently became director of DLR's Adlershof location in Berlin and of the Institute of Planetary Research and Space Sensors Systems, which is also located in Adlershof.
Michael Ganß studied economics and mechanical engineering at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and RWTH Aachen University and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1989.