4th EASN Workshop on Flight Physics and Aircraft Design, RWTH Aachen, October 27-29, 2014
EASN invites you to its 4th of a series of specialized Workshops, this time in the fields of Flight Physics and Aircraft Design. The EASN workshop will be held on October 27-29, 2014 in Aachen, Germany in the premises of RWTH Aachen University. The workshop will be co-chaired by Prof. Eike Stumpf and Prof. Wolfgang Schröder. This year's workshop primarily aims to offer its participants a forum to meet and present among relative audience, the latest advancements in the areas of Flight Physics and Aircraft Design individually, as well as to foster the cooperation and interaction between them on a multidisciplinary basis. Additionally, it is expected to serve, like its predecessors, as a major dissemination event for running research projects and as a forum to exchange novel and innovative ideas for future research. During this 3-day event, the General Assembly meeting of the EASN Association will also take place. Updated information about the workshop will be posted on a regular basis on the EASN website as well as at the 4th EASN International Workshop minisite.
1st H2020 Aviation call
Having implemented its usual proposal endorsement procedure, five EASN endorsed high quality proposals have been successfully submitted in the frame of the 1st H2020 "Mobility for Growth" call in Aviation. These are:
1.DYNABOND: Dynamic response of adhesively bonded structures
2.ENHANCE: ENergy Harvesting in Aeroautic structures by multifunctional NanoCompositEs
3.THOR: Manufacturing of Engineered Metallic and composites structures using Powder and wire Hot Isostatic pressing
4.NEASAM: Nanofilled epoxy adhesive for structural aeronautic materials
5.INNCOST: Innovative surface treatment for novel aluminium and magnesium alloys
The newly implemented (in Aviation) 2-stage procedure and the simplified funding rules of H2020 are the two most noticeable differences compared to the well-known FP7 procedures. The Evaluation Summary Reports of the proposals not having been positively evaluated are expected to be made available to the coordinators within 3 months of the submission deadline, while at the same time successful proposers will be notified to proceed with preparing the full proposals to be submitted for the 2nd evaluation stage.
Clean Sky 2 - EASN Joint Workshop
The CS2-EASN Joint Workshop on the Participation of Academia in Clean Sky 2 was successfully realized on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at the premises of Clean Sky JU in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop was attended by key personalities from both Clean Sky and EASN, and allowed room for a fruitful discussion on the future horizons of European Aeronautics and the role of academia in it. Clean Sky representatives presented a brief overview of the goals set in Clean Sky 2, definitions for Core partners and requirements for applications. Academic representatives had the chance to express their questions and clarify the opportunities for their participation in Clean Sky 2 partner calls.
The most important conclusions that emerged from the Joint Workshop are the following:
- CS2 recognises the importance and appreciates the participation of Universities in its activities, both as core partners as well as in the frame of Calls for Proposals.
- CS2 is open to discuss with EASN on proposed measures towards facilitating the participation of Universities.
- The importance of including upstream research activities in the research agenda of Europe is mutually recognised. In principle, CS2 is not against including upstream activities to a limited extent, provided that the nature of the projects is not affected.
- EASN will be endorsing a limited number of Academia-led clusters, to respond to the CS2 calls for core partners.
The workshop material is available at the EASN website.
Continuing its active involvement in Clean Sky 2, EASN has initiated an internal Expression of Interest Campaign amongst its members to build a limited number of Clusters to respond to the Clean Sky 2 call for core partners. The target is to create a maximum of 5 to 6 Clusters based on the principle "excellent, multinational and preferably hybrid". The Clusters will be created on the base of specific expertise accumulated through persistent and successful presence in aeronautics research funded in the frame of the various FPs. The potential Clusters should prove expertise on topics which are specific but not too narrow (e.g. Aircraft Structures analysis with emphasis on Fuselage Structure, Hybrid Laminar Flow Control, Innovative Aircraft Configurations, Improval of Maintenance Operations etc).
International Cooperation in Horizon2020
In view of the envisaged 2015 call for collaborative research projects, jointly funded by the European Commission and International Partners (e.g. China, Japan, Russia, Canada), the European Aeronautics Science Network has been actively involved in expressing to the EC the collective European Academia interest in potential topics for International Collaboration. EASN representatives have also been involved in networking activities with IC partners, in order to provide EASN members with contacts of potential partners from all countries involved in the joint 2015 calls. Specific activities in the frame of an Expression of Interest call will be launched in due time.
AEAT issue devoted to the 2nd EASN workshop
The special issue of the "Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology" journal, devoted to the 2nd EASN workshop on Flight Physics and Aircraft Design has now been published. The issue (Volume 86, Issue 3) can be viewed online through the Emerald's Inshight service "Emerald EarlyCite"
2014 ASD Annual Convention in Prague
The 2014 ASD Annual Convention will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 23 to 25 April 2014. Spread over 3 days, the agenda of the Convention will be punctuated by three major topics. On the first day, the Young Professionals Forum will bring together young aerospace engineers at the very beginning of their careers with the aim of focusing on innovation in corporate environment. The second day of the Convention will be dedicated to a 4D Market Place and will cover all four of its elements, i.e. exhibition, technology presentations, networking and B2B meetings. On the third day, the Plenary Session will concentrate on keynote speeches delivered by high-level representatives from the Czech government, the EU institutions and industry.
EASN will be represented in the Convention by its Vice Chairman, Prof. Zdobyslaw Goraj, who will participate in Knowledge Cafe no 2, third Panel of the Aerospace competitiveness debate. The later will take place on Thursday the 24th at 15:00 and will examine how to best integrate the capabilities of the supply chain and research establishments of the EU-28 into the programmes and projects of CS2 but also into those stemming from the Cooperative Research budget line within Horizon 2020. The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Rolf Henke, Member of the Executive Board, DLR. Apart from the EASN Vice Chairman, the list of speakers who will participate in this debate, include: Eric Dautriat, Executive Director, Clean Sky JU, Josef Kaspar, President ALV CR, President EREA, Manuela Soares, Director Transport, DG RTD, European Commission and Simon Weeks, Head of Aerospace Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce.
Interview of Mr. Jean-Louis Bonafé, former coordinator of the SCRATCH initiative for SMEs
Mr. Jean-Louis Bonafé, a key personality on supporting aeronautics innovative research for SMEs in Europe, expresses his views on how SMEs can respond in their indispensable role in retaining global leadership for Europe in Aeronautics. Read the interview of Mr. Jean-Louis Bonafé on the EASN website
Workshop on "Education and Training Needs for Aviation Engineers and Researchers in Europe"
ACARE WG5 - Prioritising research, testing capabilities and education, together with the European Commission and the EU-funded action AirTN NextGen are organizing a workshop on "Education and Training Needs for Aviation Engineers and Researchers in Europe". The workshop will take place in Brussels on June 13th, 2014 and will mainly aim at tackling issues such as the skill needs and possible shortages of engineering workforce in the European Aviation sector, as well as at identifying ways to improve the quality of education and matching the workforce supply to the needs of the aviation sector. More information about the workshop will be posted on the EASN website upon availability.