5th EASN Association International Workshop on Aerostructures
EASN announces its 5th out of a series of annual specialized Workshops, responding to the increasing interest from the European Aeronautics Community for a scientific event which combines high quality, state–of–the–art presentations from running or recently completed research projects with new upstream ideas for future research. This year, the EASN workshop will focus on the field of Aerostructures and will be held on September 2 – 4, 2015 at the University of Manchester, UK.
Following the layout of the previous workshops, it is expected to be a major dissemination event where the vast majority of EC funded projects running at that time will be presented and a large number of attendees from Academia and Industry will have the opportunity to discuss the latest advancements in the area, together with novel and innovative ideas for future research. Like its predecessors, the 5th EASN Workshop will offer its participants the opportunity to network, discuss and interact with researchers and professionals active in the specific field of Aerostructures. Updated information about the workshop will be posted on a regular basis on the 5th EASN Workshop dedicated site.
EASN honors Prof. Dieter Schmitt
During the last decades Prof. Dieter Schmitt has been recognized as one of the key personalities of the European aeronautics community. His career includes both an impressive industrial part as well as a high quality academic aspect.
Dieter Schmitt is one of the initiators of the EASN concept and has generously offered his services during all these years to EASN, either as Vice President at Airbus, Professor in Munich or Technical Director at Bauhans Luftfahrt.
To honor his services to the EASN Association, the General Assembly of EASN has unanimously decided to grant to Prof. Dieter Schmitt the title of Honorary EASN member.
The honoring event took place on October 28th, in the frame of the 4th EASN Workshop which was held in RWTH Aachen from October 27th until 29th. The tribute was attended by more than 100 distinguished participants.
For more information please visit the EASN website
Interview of Prof. Dieter Schmitt
Prof. Dieter Schmitt reviews and evaluates the up to date achievements of Aeronautics-related research in Europe and accordingly appraises the prospects of research and innovation for the future.
Read the full interview of Prof. Dieter Schmitt on the EASN website
ACARE General Assembly
The ACARE General Assembly meeting was held on 26 June, 2014 in Brussels. The objectives of the meeting were focused on Approval of the Annual ACARE report, Discussion and approval of the Guidelines and Priorities and discussions of the next steps. On the agenda there were (1) adoption of the minutes of the previous Le Bourget Meeting; (2) public support for the SRIA implementation; (3) ACARE priorities - input by GA members; (4) status of the achieved Flightpath 2050 goals including presentation of WGs on results and recommendations as well as ACARE annual report 2013/2014. It was decided that the next meeting will be held at Spring 2015. EASN was represented at this ACARE GA meeting by Prof. Zdobyslaw Goraj – EASN vice President and Academic representative to the ACARE Plenary.
For more information visit the ACARE website.
4th EASN Association International Workshop on Flight Physics and Aircraft Design
The European Aeronautics Science Network carried out the 4th out of a series of annual specialized Workshops in the fields of Flight Physics and Aircraft Design. The workshop was successfully held on October 27-29, 2014 in the premises of RWTH Aachen University. In the frame of EASN Association's knowledge and innovation dissemination activities, this three-day event primarily aimed 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, together with novel and innovative ideas for future research. In this frame, the event proved to be a unique opportunity
for the participants to obtain an overview of the recent advancements in the research scene, with presentations from 33 ongoing research projects and support actions. At the same time, participants had the opportunity to engage into fruitful discussions and networking with more than 150 representatives of the Academia, research community and industry. Finally, key-note presentations from distinguished individuals gave a clear insight on the future Industrial trends and European priorities with respect to the medium and long-term goals, as set by the aviation stakeholders.
More information on the outcome of the workshop, icluding the performed presentations, is available here.
ACARE WG1: Meeting Societal and Market needs
EASN has delegated experts into the European Technology Platform (ETP) ACARE (Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe). Its Working Group 1 is concerned with ‘Meeting Societal and Market Needs’, more precise with the respective Flightpath goals, such as
“Europeans make informed mobility choices enabling affordable access to one another; … 90% of travellers within Europe are able travelling door-to-door within 4 hours, using different transport modes; … flights arrive within 1 minute of the planned arrival time regardless of weather conditions; … an air traffic management system handles at least 25 million flights a year and; … a coherent ground infrastructure is developed for servicing and other connecting facilities.”
One of the current tasks of WG 1 is to follow-up of the implementation of the ACARE goals at European and partially also at national level. One of the instruments are Coordination and Supporting Actions (CSA) that monitor the progress of ACARE goal implementation, such as the CATER CSA (Coordinating Air transport Time Efficiency Research) where EASN is also a consortium partner. This CSA investigates the implementation of the ACARE goals for the research coordination on Time Efficiency in the air transport system.
A further important target is intermodality, in this context the contact to other European Technology Platforms (ETP’s) from other transports modes, i.e. road (ERTRAC), rail (ERRAC) and ship (Waterborne) is essential to identify common interests and to streamline research priorities that can be tackled together.
For more information please visit the ACARE website.
MoU between EASN and EACP
EASN and EACP (European Aerospace Cluster Partnership) have concluded and signed an MoU, aiming at building strong partnerships between EACP and EASN members. The agreement was officially signed during the “Green Mobility Conference 2014” which took place in Hamburg on November 24th.
EACP is a network of Aerospace Cluster Managers that has been established in 2009 to better answer future challenges and to ensure the strength of the European aerospace market. The partnership aims to foster mutual exchange and to initiate international cooperation projects between European aerospace clusters/regions. Currently, the EACP network counts 34 members from 13 countries representing in total more than 4300 companies, 430 research institutions and 125 administrative bodies.
Among others, an expected benefit from this MoU is to assist the networks members in finding the right partners and best specialists for research and business collaboration. Especially, the cooperation between the world of industry and the world of academia will lead to research closer to the market – in regard to demands for innovation and the quick implementation of products and new technologies.
ACARE WG4: Ensuring safety and security
The next scheduled meeting to be held in the frame of ACARE WG4: “Ensuring safety and security”, will take place on December 16th 2014, in Brussels, with the aim of “revitalising and/or refocusing WG4 so that Safety and Security stay firmly on the research agenda as priorities in aviation”. This meeting has been organised by the new coordinators of this Working Group (Eric Sivel/Barry Kirwan) who took over due to the retirement of the previous ones (David Young /Werner Kleine-Beek). The date of the meeting has been chosen as it is the day before the OPTICS project’s relevant event, entitled: “Aviation Safety Research and Innovation – Time to Take-off”, to be held at the European Commission headquarters on December 17th and 18th, 2014; and whereby different prominent aviation entities will be giving their vision for future safety research.
For more information please visit the ACARE website and http://www.optics-project.eu/?p=718
In order to leverage resources, mitigate risks and establish long term relationships, the European aeronautics sector has identified topics of common interest and mutual benefit with other regions of the world, in particular where these address societal challenges such as a worldwide safe and environmental-friendly air transport system, common standards and win-win situations for technological development. In the forthcoming transport call, expected to open in a few days, three international cooperation calls are included with Japan, China and Canada respectively. EASN has been actively involved in the preparation of these calls by providing the academia viewpoint and priorities for international collaboration. Furthermore, EASN has already launched its Expression of Interest campaign aiming to assist European academics to network with colleagues from the three above-mentioned countries and become actively involved in consortia preparing proposals responding to the call.
Conference on "Transport safety: societal challenges, research solutions"
Within the programme of activities of the Italian Presidency of the EU, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and the European Commission have successfully organised a European conference on 'Transport safety: societal challenges, research solutions', which took place in Genova, Italy, on 4-5 December 2014. EASN was represented in the Conference
by its Vice-chairman, Prof. Zdobyslaw Goraj, who discussed, among others, the future research needs of the field of Aviation, explored the commonalities and the transferability of best practices across modes, as well as concluded on the main directions and priorities of future R&I work to be carried out at EU level.
The final statement of this Conference can be viewed and downloaded here