Pascale Ehrenfreund

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Pascale Ehrenfreund

Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-994-5124
Fax: 202-994-1639
1957 E St. NW, Office #403P Washington, D.C. 20052

Pascale Ehrenfreund is Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC and the President of the Committee of Space research (COSPAR). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Space Foundation and is Co-chair of the Global Future Council on Space of the World Economic Forum. Since three decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Teamleader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Pascale Ehrenfreund served as the President of the International Space University (ISU) (2021-2023), the President of the International Astronautical Federation (2019-2022), the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) (2015-2020) and the President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (2013-2015). Pascale Ehrenfreund is enlisted in the Stanford World Ranking Top 2% Scientists 2022 and holds a Master degree in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid "9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3" bears her name.

Astrophysics, Space Exploration, Space Policy, S & T Policy

2022 Harrie Massey Award, Committee on Space Research COSPAR
2022 Polarstern Preis, Österreichisches Weltraum Forum
2020 Jean Dominique Cassini Medal, European Geophysical Union
2020 Women in Aerospace Europe, Outstanding Achievement Award
2019 Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, France

Ph.D., University of Paris VII/University of Vienna

Publications in peer-reviewed journals: 216                                            

Invited reviews, book chapters and conference papers: 136                   

Edition of books: 12

h-index: 75