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AirTN ACARE-EU Workshow on Aviation Research Infrastructures in Europe

February 25, 2013 - February 26, 2013

“Aeronautics Research & Testing Infrastructures – Key for Europe’s Competitiveness in Aviation”

Followed by the ACARE Working Group 5 Meeting


This Workshop was organised by the ACARE WG 5 (Research, Infrastructure, Education & Workforce) together with theEuropean Commission and the Aeronautics ERA-Net AirTN.
Aviation research and testing infrastructures were specifically addressed in Europe’s Vision for Aviation ‘Flightpath 2050’.
The related section of the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) on Aviation Research and Testing Infrastructureswas developed by the ACARE Working Group 5.
An Independent Expert Group (IEG) was set up to reflect on criteria for identifying strategic and important aviation research infrastructures of Europe and possible ways of their funding.
With respect to wind tunnels some industries and some wind tunnel operators have sent their views as individual inputs.

Workshop Objectives

– learn and discuss about the findings of the Independent Expert Group (IEG)
– learn about initiatives on Member States’ and European level.
– involve all aviation stakeholders, incl. national authorities, agencies, industry (air transport and aeronautics) and research institutions on identifying and discussing future needs of research infrastructures
– identify the needs of aviation stakeholders for the availability and capabilities of aviation research and testing infrastructures in Europe


Senior representatives and experts from users and operators of aviation research and testing infrastructures including industry, aviation operators, research institutions and academics
Public authority representatives from Member States and the European organisations

Expected Outcome

A feed-back on future actions and initiatives for the implementation of the SRIA
Proposals for the next steps for the implementation of the aspects of the new SRIA
Discussion, identification and arguments for the next steps to implement the SRIA Research and Testing infrastructure pillar

Workshop Programme with downloadable presentaions

Infrastructures Workshop Summary

Monday, 25th February 2013 (DAY 1)

14:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee
15:00 Opening Session
Chairman: Tiit Jurimae, Head of DG RTD-H.3 AeronauticsWelcome Address by:
Manuela Soares (10 min), Director DG RTD-H Transport
Catalin Nae (10 min), ACARE Member State GroupKeynote Address by:
Rolf Henk (10 min), ACARE WG 5 – presentation
Session 1: Towards an Enhanced Aviation Research infrastructure for Europe

Report on the findings of the Independent Expert Group
Fred Abbink, IEG (30 min) presentation

Research Infrastructures : Some Key points to preserve the European leadership aeronautics testing
Denis Maugars, ONERA (20 min)presentation

EU’s aeronautics wind tunnels in the global competition
Georg Eitelberg, EWA & DNW (20 min)presentation

16:45 Coffee Break
Session 2 Future Needs of Research Infrastructures in Specific Aviation RTD Areas
Chairman: Ludovico Vecchione, CIRA
17:15 Engine Testbeds – Investments for the future
Neill Forrest, Rolls-Royce (20 min)Future need of advanced manufacturing research infrastructures
Ian Collier, HVM Centres UK (20 min) presentationAdvanced simulation research infrastructures for Air Transport – Future generation
Marja Eijkman, AT-One & NLR (20 min)presentation

Flying Testbeds – a need for validation and demonstration
Cord-Christian Rossow, DLR (20 min)presentation

18:45 End of Day 1 and Reception
Speakers dinner (Place and time tbc.)

Tuesday, 26th February 2013 (DAY 2)

Session 3 Future Needs of Aviation RTD Infrastructures to meet ‘Flightpath 2050’ Targets
Chairman: Patrick Wagner, ONERA
08:30 Industry’s need of aviation infrastructures
Axel Flaig, Airbus (20 min)presentationExpected investment needs for Research & Testing Infrastructures
Catalin Nae, EREA & INCAS (20 min)presentationPRACE – the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe
Sergi Girona, PRACE (20 min)presentation

Support for Research Infrastructures in ‘Horizon 2020’
Philippe Froissard, DG RTD-B.3 Research Infrastructure (20 min)presentation

09:30 Coffee Break
10:00 Panel Discussion on next steps with
Moderator: Joachim Szodruch
Axel Flaig, AIRBUS
Patrick Wagner, ONERA
Jacco Hoekstra, TU Delft
Neill Forest, Rolls-Royce
Rolf Henke, EREA
Fred Abbink, IEG
Tiit Jurimae, European Commission
11:00 Concluding remarks by moderator and closing statement
End of infrastructure workshop
11:30 Lunch break
12:30 Meeting of the ACARE Working Group 5
‘Prioritising Research, Testing Capabilities & Education’
Please notice: meeting room COV 2, 15/SDR 2
Welcome Address by WG 5 ChairmenRolf Henke, DLR and Jacco Hoekstra, TU Delft incl. the following topics
The agenda will include the following topics (Detailed agenda by the Rapporteur WG5)
• Refinement of ToRs
• Workplan 2013
• Review on WG 5 membership
Session 1: Research Infrastructure
, Chairman R. Henke
• Introduction by the Chairman
• Next steps for the implementation of the strategic roadmap on research infrastructures
14:45 Coffee break
15:00 Session 2: Education, Chairman: J. Hoekstra
• Introduction by the Chairman
• Presentation of the EDUCAIR key findings
• Next steps for the implementation of the SRIA regarding education (incl. education roadmap if required)
17:45 End of ACARE WG 5 Meeting


February 25, 2013
February 26, 2013
Event Category:


ACARE Working Group
European Commission


Covent Garden Building
European Commission, Room COV2 15-SDR1, Place Rogier 16
Brussels, 1210 Belgium
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