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e-CAERO 2 Report Summary

Project ID: 640316
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - e-CAERO 2 (European Collaborative Dissemination of Aeronautical research and applications 2)

Reporting period: 2014-12-01 to 2016-05-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The main service rendered by learned associations is the stimulation of scientific exchange between the scientists themselves for the sake of advancing their scientific knowledge and between the research laboratory and end users like Industry and Agencies. Of significant importance also are education and dialog with the public institutions and the citizens.
Scientific communication proceeds through two main channels: (1) social events like conferences and (2) written articles published in dedicated scientific journals and books. Both were concerned in E-CAero, with emphasis de facto placed on the first.
The E-CAero programme has accomplished a great deal in generating a community spirit and developing a friendly and constructive atmosphere between the six players, who hardly knew each other at the start. A significant number of conferences of medium and large scales were run that featured co-organised sessions, a great step towards broadening the visibility and enhancing the value of the meetings. Further, interaction and cross-fertilisation between scientific disciplines and between some industrial activity sectors that before didn’t interact greatly with aeronautics has been fostered. This, incidentally, is unique; it is an important asset for Europe.
The action is undertaken by six existing European Associations, which already took part in the original E-CAero project:
• ECCOMAS, represented by its permanent secretariat at CIMNE, Barcelona, Spain

These associations conduct all of their activities or part of them within the Aeronautics/ Turbomachinery/Aerospace sectors in Europe. The proposed Coordination and Support Action (CSA) aims at coordinating and harmonising the dissemination of knowledge and advances accomplished in these areas, covering the fields of Modeling, Simulation, Experimental Testing, Design Methods and Manufacturing Techniques for solving problems of industrial interest. The CSA also is to define a permanent structure which can easily be identified as the scientific foyer and source of innovation for the aeronautical sector. The associations in the consortium aim to consolidate the work achieved in the E-CAero project, where both integration and harmonisation of the activities and events were successfully reached, by establishing the basis for ECAA (European Community in Aeronautics and Astronautics).
ECAA is to be a hub platform grouping the European Associations and individuals with interest in the development of breakthrough technologies and their applications in all areas relevant to Aeronautics and Astronautics.
One of its scopes is the dissemination of knowledge in Europe using advanced centralised logistic and communication ICT tools. Its ambition is to foster exchange of information, and promote cross fertilisation between Research and Development and Industry. It intends to make State of the Art information related to aviation and space technologies available to Academia and Industry via a dissemination Platform specifically developed for this purpose.
ECAA is founded by (but not limited to) the six major European Associations involved in the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics: CEAS, ECCOMAS, ERCOFTAC, EUCASS, EUROMECH and EUROTURBO. Its goal is to gather all their members with expertise in the fields of Aeronautics and Astronautics. ECAA will feature an outreach to 100.000 experts and professionals and will be best positioned to establish dynamical links with the related EU programs.
In practice, ECAA does not substitute itself to the existing Associations but aims at building up on their combined expertise, strengthening their synergies, enhancing their impact via improved dissemination of knowledge a well-coordinated offer of conferences and better publications.
Among other different size events, it is planned that ECAA members will organize two major events:
- a biennial large ECAA Conference with industrial dominance related topics (currently organized by CEAS)
- a biennial large ECAA Conference with academic dominance related topics (currently organized by EUCASS)
with the help for both events of logistic advanced centralized IT tools and staff dedicated to the ECAA Platform.
Other ECAA activities like collaborative contribution to existing and future journals, educational events and research/industry activities like ECAA Industrial days, ECAA Thematic Conferences and ECAA workshops on challenging topics will be also implemented in this context. Synchronizing (and thus de-conflicting) the schedule of ECAA activities of the Associations is of course an important prerequisite.
ECAA will be managed by a Steering Committee consisting of one representative of each of the contributing European Association: CEAS, ECCOMAS, ERCOFTAC, EUCASS, EUROMECH and EUROTURBO. The Steering Committee will be chaired alternatively by the representatives of the Associations on a yearly basis and assisted by a Scientific Committee composed of experts selected among the members of the six associations on the basis of expertise and reputation.
ECAA will provide the associations with the experience gained during the development of the E-CAero EC project: a web site using efficient IT tools for the announcement, preparation and development of ECAA events or other events of the Associations. The ECAA platform will be operated by a permanent staff during the duration of the project and anticipated also after the end of the project.
In the long run, ECAA must be self-sustainable, operating with a minimum staff (one secretary and one webmaster, possibly part-time) on the basis of yearly membership fees and/or through ECAA events’ registration fees.

The project answers the MG1.6-2014 topic within the Transport Societal Challenge of H2020 framework programme with the aim of creating ECAA (European Community in Aeronautics and Astronautics).

The objectives of E-Caero 2 can be extended as a continuation path from the former project E-Caero. These objectives, keeping in mind the paradigm of creating ECAA as a tool to implement them and to provide sustainable continuity in the future are listed below:
• Enhance the communication between the associations: reaching an upgraded level of communication among partners as a follow-up task of what has been done in E-Caero,
• Set-up of a logistic platform with advanced IT tools shared by associations and unify the existing logistics among the consortium, which will help to harmonize the actions from each partner and reach other objectives,
• Progress in the synchronization of events as a follow-up of what has been done in E-CAero, avoiding overlapping between organizations and conferences. Merging or clustering events, where appropriate in order to ensure better scientific or technical quality by aggregating expertise and avoiding redundancies,
• Taking initiatives towards joint publication policy in Europe,
• Promoting a co-ordinating federation of associations, but which nevertheless does not affect negatively activities of each association,
• Providing a more visible European label to aeronautical events and publications initialised by the associations,
• Establishing a unified logistics network and an ad hoc secretariat for events of the ECAA in a sustainable way, e.g. by an ECAA administration office,
• Properly quantifying the size of the scientific/industrial community and the desirable number of events,
• Offering a better harmonized information to scientists and technologists for their research and their designed products with a broad range of expertise at a glance by collaborative events,
• Establishing guidelines for a common policy in the Aerospace Research Publication domain with focus on open access.

The above list of objectives will contribute to a better technological knowledge useful to master the following Flight Path 2050 critical challenges, among others:

- Improved air operations and Traffic management,
- Improved airport environment,
- Aircraft movements emission free when taxing,
- Availability of affordable, sustainable alternative energy sources,
- Networks of multidisciplinary technology clusters,
- Long term thinking to develop State of the Art infrastructure, integrated platforms,
- Ambitious reductions of emissions, CO2 and noise,
Almost all the defined objectives above represent the rational follow-up of the objectives defined in E-CAero. Some of them are already fulfilled, although E-CAero 2 must deepen on the tasks to go one/several step(s) beyond.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"E-CAero2 project is dealing with several topics at the same time. All of them related to the disseimnation activites and the homogenezation of these activities. The creation of the Aerospace Europe association is one of the major goals of the project and is taking a lot of effort. But it is not the only issue on the table. The second issue in importance is the homogenezation of scientific events across Europe, aimed to increase the visibility and the impact of the events. To this end a huge effort have been dedicated to the joint organization of the 2017 CEAS-EUCASS conference. Finally, the third issue where the socieites have put a lot of effort has been the creation of the Aerospace Europe webpage. This webpage is an upgrade of the E-CAero project website, and is intended to be a reference place where to find the last updated information about events, research, publications and any outreach activity in the framework of the aeronautical field and those related. Of course, other topics can be listed where the partners involved has devoted a lot of effort (Historical analysis of events, definition of the newsletter and formats, etc...), but these topics are collateral to the main goals of the project.

Regarding the outreach activities, an example of organized events is as follows:

Scientific and technological challenges in offshore vertical axis wind turbines
DATESept. 7, 2016
LOCATIONDelft, The Netherlands

15th European Mechanics of Materials Conference - Joint session on “Mechanics of Materials in Aeronautics”
DATESept. 7, 2016
LOCATIONBrussel, Belgium
SUB-CATEGORYModelling, Research and TD

First EUCASS Aerospace Thematic Workshop (ATW) on collisions of fast particles with surfaces
DATESept. 11, 2016 – Sept. 16, 2016
LOCATIONAussois, France

11th European Fluid Mechanics Conference - Joint Session on "Fluid dynamics of Clouds"
DATESept. 12, 2016 – Sept. 16, 2016
LOCATIONSevilla, Spain

Multi-uncertainty and multi-scale methods and related applications
DATESept. 13, 2016 – Sept. 16, 2016
LOCATIONPorto, Portugal

Colloquium 571 "Jet Noise Modeling and Control"
DATESept. 28, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2016
LOCATIONPalaiseau, France

ERCOFTAC CFD for Dispersed Multiphase-Flows (VII)
DATEOct. 10, 2016 – Oct. 11, 2016
LOCATIONSWEREA, Stockholm, Sweden
SUB-CATEGORYAero-acoustics, Aerodynamics, Engineering, Modelling, Testing

ERCOFTAC - Uncertainty Management & Quantification in Industrial Analysis and Design
DATEOct. 27, 2016 – Oct. 28, 2016
LOCATIONUniversity of Gent, Gent, Belgium
SUB-CATEGORYAero-acoustics, Aerodynamics, Aeronautic Sciences, Aerospace, Aircraft, Automation, Commercial aviation, Defence, Engineering, General, Manufacturing/Design, Modelling, Propulsion, Research and TD, Science, Space, Space vehicles, System studies, Technology, Testing

ERCOFTAC-Best Practices in Combustion CFD Internal Combustion Engines 2-3 Nov 2016 TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
DATENov. 2, 2016 – Nov. 3, 2016
LOCATIONTU Darmstadt, Germany
SUB-CATEGORYEngineering, General, Modelling, Research and TD, Technology, Testing

12th European Turbomachinery Conference
DATEApril 3, 2017 – April 7, 2017
LOCATIONStockholm, Sweden
SUB-CATEGORYAerodynamics, Civil Aviation, Engineering, Modelling, Propulsion, Research and TD, Technology

7th European conference for aeronautics and space sciences
DATEJuly 3, 2017 – July 6, 2017
LOCATIONMilano, Italy
ORGANIZER EUCASS, with PCO Carte Blanche

Regarding the webpage, the reader can consult the and surf on it to find the available information about publications, events and research."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The E-CAero2 project is improving the collaborative dissemination of the aeronautic, astronautics & turbomachinery research in Europe and consequently is increasing the efficiency and competitiveness of the European aeronautic industry. The joint organization of events, and the collaboration among societies is an on-going task across the project timeline. The creation of Aerospace europe (AE) association will lead to clustering the different associations in the dissemination of their activities and outcomes. AE association will be an umbrella where all the societies will contribute creating a place of collaboration. AE association is expected to produce a transversal diffusion of the information and knowledge resulting in a better understanding of the state-of-the-art techniques, experimental knowledge and simulation tools. The Aeronautic industry with its related research is the paradigm of complexity: the different actors involved in the design or manufacturing of products follow their single role but very few have a clear vision of the whole plot. E-CAero2 is contributing to improve the global performance by allowing each player to realize its own importance and to strengthen the links with the others.
The call stated the scope of the project by saying: “to create a Europe wide coordination mechanism gathering a representative group of associations active in the field of aviation to harmonise and rationalise conferences, events and publications”, while defines the expected impact as “contribute to raise the impact and visibility of European conferences and events, to optimise the number and the yearly calendar of events and enhance the impact factor of scientific publications, their availability and access, in particular for those created in EU funded projects”. The E-CAero2 project fits completely the spirit of the call, while dealing with dissemination of knowledge in the scientific disciplines relevant to aeronautics and aerospace in order to gain a European well recognized identity in knowledge in this complex multidisciplinary field.

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