Pascale Ehrenfreund is the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). She is also a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute in Washington DC. Her research experience and interest range from biology to astrophysics with special emphasis on the search for life on Mars. For two 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. In Space Policy, her interest is dedicated to international space collaboration and the development of concepts and action plans for a future sustainable global space exploration. From 2013-2015 she was the first female President of the Austrian Science Fund FWF.
Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a masters degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna (Austria), a doctorate in Astrophysics from the University Vienna (Austria), a habilitation in Astrochemistry from the University of Vienna and a masters degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University in Leiden (The Netherlands).