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Periodic Reporting for period 2 - TandemAEROdays19.20 (8TH EUROPEAN AERONAUTICS DAYS BUCHAREST-2019 AND BERLIN-2020)

Reporting period: 2020-02-01 to 2021-01-31

For three decades the European Aeronautics Days (Aerodays) have been the leading event in aviation research and innovation, mirroring the priorities and strategies set within the European Union Research Framework Programmes. The 8th edition of Aerodays supported and co-funded by the European Commission, builds on the achievements of Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme to date, and it is based on a new approach with two integrated events organized in Romania, in 2019, and Germany, in 2020, while Bucharest is the first Aerodays host in Central and Eastern Europe. Coordinated under a synergic concept, TandemAEROdays19.20 these two events will provide a solid platform to share and review the latest developments in aeronautics and air transport across the EU, further strengthening its leadership on a highly competitive and strategic international market. With the objective to reinforce the academic, research and industrial network from all EU Member States, TandemAEROdays19.20 will tap on the diverse expertise and tradition of each participant, broadening the access to all interested parties, from big industry, policy makers, research, academia, innovative start-ups and resourceful small and medium-sized enterprises to students focused on aeronautical engineering and researchers involved in projects that will shape the future of aviation and space exploration.
The main objectives for the Bucharest event were to:
- Pay specific attention to a broad and balanced participation of students, young researchers, with respect to gender equality, large number of (EU13) Member States representatives: AEROdays 2019 attracted women in proportion of 30% (248 female registrations of a total of 857 registered participants); a total number of 431 (50% of total) EU 13 participants; students with reduced fee
- Acknowledge current development process in the aeronautical industry in Eastern Europe: broad participation in sessions (plenary, technical) and in exposition.
- Promote regional policies for research and education in aeronautics: participation of research and academia in the region
- Facilitate the participation of Eastern European countries (EU13) to high-level events: the location gave the opportunity to the Romanian aeronautical players to participate in high number and facilitated the participation of other EU 13 countries, with low participation to the previous AEROdays events, all organized in Western Europe.
- Provide excellent opportunity towards regional synergies
The main objectives for the Berlin event were to:
- Pay specific attention to a broad and balanced participation of e.g. students, young researchers, women, large number of EU Member States representatives: the attendance to the #AeroDays2020 FORUM was possible without having to pay any fee to specifically attract students and young researchers. The participation of women was around 25%. Although a large number of participants came from Germany (597 of 1418), the participation from other EU countries was remarkable (660).
- Promote regional policies for research and education in aeronautics
- Ensure high political and strategic relevance
- Provide excellent opportunity towards regional synergies
- Establish synergy effects in cooperation with the International Air Show (ILA), attracting even more participants
Organized by INCAS and UEFISCDI (Romania) together with DLR and BDLI (Germany), supported and co-funded by the EC, the 8th edition of Aerodays is energized by the innovative concept TandemAEROdays19.20 that joins two integrated events hosted by Romania and Germany, enabling a distinct and comprehensive approach to all the relevant aspects related to aviation and air transport.
As the first of these joint events, Bucharest Aerodays 2019 mobilized under the headline “Europe’s Technological Achievements for a Sustainable Future of Aviation” leading academic, research and industrial representatives from the European and international aeronautic community for three days of specialized plenary and technical sessions hosted by the Romanian Palace of Parliament. They were joined by prominent governmental leaders who provided the appropriate political and administrative perspective for the developments showcased within this event. While the Romanian Minister of Energy and the Minister of Research and Innovation supported the need for radical innovation and highlighted Romania’s commitment to become a regional educational hub with high impact not only in the aviation sector, but also in other emerging areas, Mrs. Clara de la Torre, the EC DG RTD Director for Transport (at the time of the AEROdays 2019), emphasized Europe’s role as a responsible global leader and acknowledged aviation as a game changer for humanity, asking for disruptive solutions brought faster to market, supported by ambitious goals and backed by the European Union’s future research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.
Two main technical events – the Berlin Aviation Summit and the #AeroDays2020 FORUM – formed the #AeroDays2020 in Berlin/Germany. While at the high-level and by invitation only event Berlin Aviation Summit on 24 November 2020 key players from all relevant stakeholder groups (leading representatives from the aviation and air traffic industry, research and science, politics and administration, energy as well as finance) shared and discussed technology perspectives, investment strategies and policies, especially in regards to the revitalization of international aviation and global value chains in the light of a climate-neutral future, the talks and panel discussions at the open innovation and technology platform #AeroDays2020 FORUM on 25-26 November 2020 focused on research, technology and innovation as enablers of climate neutrality, environmental protection and industrial leadership in aviation. The open and free-of-charge #AeroDays2020 FORUM addressed all visitors and invited them to a dialogue.
The 8th AEROdays, brought an innovative concept and approach with two events organized within one year distance, in 2019 for the first time in a capital in Eastern Europe, Bucharest, offering the opportunity of participation to such a prestigious event to companies and professionals from this part of Europe. #AeroDays2020 in Berlin was the second of two integrated Tandem-AeroDays19.20 events and for the first time in the history of AeroDays events was planned and conceptualized to partner with an International Air Show, the Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA Berlin) scheduled to take place from 12-17 May, 2020. As the original date of the event as part of ILA Berlin, in May 2020, due to the political decisions made necessary by the global COVID-19 pandemic had to be switched to late November 2020, the format of the event had to be adapted to the then currently valid regulations, too. ILA Berlin had to be cancelled without any physical replacement in 2020/2021. Therefore, the #AeroDays2020 high-level strategic board decided in May 2020 that both #AeroDays2020 technical events, the exclusive high-level symposium Berlin Aviation Summit as well as the open innovation and technology platform #AeroDays2020 FORUM (formerly known as ILA Future Lab FORUM) shall take place in a hybrid format with an on-site-programme for some speakers and invited guests in Berlin along with an online-service via a streaming platform for virtual participation of both speakers and guests.
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AEROdays 2019, Bucharest, Exposition area
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AEROdays 2019, Bucharest, Group Photo
AEROdays Throphy
AEROdays 2019, Bucharest, main coference room
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