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EASN II — Result In Brief

Project ID: 44667
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE
Country: Greece

Aeronautics excellence

An upgrade to the European Aeronautics Science Network has ensured that universities and other stakeholders in the field have a formidable platform to innovate.
Aeronautics excellence
Air transport in Europe represents a main revenue driver for the continent, with more than three million people working in the industry. This figure may rise to as much as seven million by 2020, making high-tech innovation and competitiveness in the sector a priority for the EU.%l%lWith this in mind, the EU-funded project 'European aeronautics science network - phase II' (EASN II) sought to strengthen scientific development at universities in programmes related to the aeronautics sector. It aimed to counter barriers in the aeronautics research chain such as fragmentation, inefficient communication, lack of incubators and weak overall research strategy

To achieve the project's aims, team members developed a network structure for science and technology (S&T) universities that would enhance development and encourage innovation. The structure divided Europe into five geographical regions, each with a designated university to serve as a regional contact point.

Initially, the EASN network categorised different technology areas in aeronautics, representing overall 23 European countries, 200 universities and 600 professors. This also includes small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) associations, research establishments and EU stakeholders. The EASN II initiative increased the universities to 250 with over 9,000 individual members, giving the institutions a much more powerful collective voice.

The project filled the gaps in the infrastructure of the original EASN and contributed to strengthening the European Research Area (ERA). These achievements are expected to lead the way to a permanent, self-funded university association for aeronautical research. The network is expected to facilitate mobility in Europe, as well as enhance S&T education and training for the industry's employees.

Lastly, the project's website was upgraded to provide more useful information, facilitate application for EASN membership and enable the establishment of new interest groups. The website and the project on the whole bode well for a stronger, more robust aeronautics industry in Europe over the next few years.

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