Circular Aviation in the EU: SUSTAINair Final Conference Takes Flight in Vienna

CIRCULAR AVIATION IN THE EU: SUSTAINAIR FINAL CONFERENCE TAKES FLIGHT IN VIENNA

THIS FLAGSHIP EVENT BRINGS TOGETHER RESEARCHERS, INDUSTRY LEADERS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO DISCUSS  THE FUTURE OF AVIATION SUSTAINABILITY — SUSTAINAIR FINAL CONFERENCE, THEMED “CIRCULAR AVIATION IN THE EU,” WILL TAKE PLACE ON 11TH AND 12TH OF JUNE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA.

Date: 11th & 12th June 2024
Location: Arcotel Kaiserwasser, Vienna, Austria

 

SUSTAINair: Pioneering Sustainability in Aviation

SUSTAINair, a project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, is at the forefront of revolutionizing aviation through its groundbreaking technologies and impactful solutions. SUSTAINair’s aim is to substantially increase the sustainability of the airframe value chain achieving a paradigm shift in aircraft manufacturing. The project’s solutions will bring significant benefits during production, operations, maintenance and EoL (end of life) aspects. 

Unveiling the Future of Aviation

The SUSTAINair Final Conference will cover cutting-edge topics, each playing a crucial role in reshaping the future of aviation sustainability. One pivotal theme is the integration of smart materials for aircraft, where innovations in materials with properties promise to enhance aircraft performance, durability and environmental impact. The conference will also delve into innovative approaches to the composition of aircraft, showcasing the different methods that challenge traditional paradigms in design and construction.
As technology advances, digital tools are becoming indispensable in predictive maintenance and actual material deterioration, allowing for more efficient and proactive measures to address wear and tear. Participants will be introduced to a realm of new digital solutions for structural health monitoring (SHM), a critical aspect for ensuring the longevity and safety of aircraft components. The circular economy’s significance for essential aircraft materials will take center stage, emphasizing sustainable practices in the aviation industry.
Understanding the life cycle of materials, recycling processes and the reduction of waste will be paramount in fostering a circular approach that aligns with global environmental goals. Together, these interconnected themes provide an overview of sustainable aviation. They present how smart materials, innovative aircraft composition, digital solutions, and circular economy principles converge to pave the way for a greener and more resilient future in the skies.

EU Sister Projects Unite: CAELESTIS, MORPHO, DOMMINIO, RECAL, INFINITE

This event will gather the project’s EU sister projects – CAELESTIS, MORPHO, DOMMINIO, RECAL, GENEX and INFINITE. Each of these projects brings a unique perspective and expertise, collectively contributing to the shared mission of sustainable aviation.

Innovative Exhibitions: Showcasing Tomorrow’s Aviation

Beyond the conference sessions, an exhibition will feature selected EU sister projects alongside SUSTAINair. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to get firsthand highlights of groundbreaking research and tangible results of sustainable aviation.

Registration Details: Your Ticket to a Sustainable Future

Participation in this conference is free, emphasizing our commitment to fostering widespread engagement and knowledge-sharing within the aviation community. However, to secure your seat, registration is required. Don’t miss this chance to actively contribute to  the future of circular aviation in the EU!
Join us as we embark on a journey towards a more sustainable and resilient aviation industry, setting the stage for innovations that will define generations to come.

Meeting Agenda (subject to change)

Day 1

Time
Activity
12:30 – 14:00
Welcome Lunch and Networking
14:00 – 14:15
Opening Plenary
  • Georgios Bampanis, Project Officer at CINEA, Aviation & Maritime, European Commission
14:15 – 15:00
SUSTAINair: Project Results
  • SUSTAINair Partners
15:00 – 15:45
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Aviation – Major Innovations & Methods supporting the Circular Economy in Aviation
  • Rudolf Gradinger, AIT / Austrian Institue of Technology
  • Representative (TBC), Airbus
  • Representative (TBC), DG MOVE / DG RTD
  • Ligeia Paletti, DLR / German Aerospace Center
15:45 – 16:15
Sister Projects Introductions
16:15 – 17:00
Networking & Exhibition
17:00 – 17:30
The Future Economy of Essential Materials – the Circular Approach
  • Clemens Simson, RecAL
  • Representative (TBC), Fraunhofer
  • Additional speaker (TBC)
17:30
Networking Dinner

Day 2

Time
Activity
08:30 – 09:15
Welcome Coffee
09:15 – 09:30
Opening Plenary
  • Stephen Webb, CEO, RTDS Group
09:30 – 10:30
Innovation Roundtable: Digitalisation for Aviation – Lessons from Other Industries
  • Mustafa Megahed ESI Group
  • Aiko Dühne, EASA
  • Representative (TBC), Audi AG
  • Ivan Mayorov, CANCOM
10:30 – 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:00
Expert Presentation: End-of-Life Solutions for Upscaling
  • Representative (TBC), AELS
  • Derk-Jan van Heerden (TBC), Aethos
  • Representative (TBC), AFRA
12:00 – 13:30
Networking Lunch
13:30 – 15:00
World Café Session: Life-Cycle of Planes: Smart Materials & Innovative Composition (Manufacturing – Dismantling – Re-using)

3 Parallel Workshops
  1. Building Circular Aircraft
  2. How CE Will Take Flight
  3. Digitised Economy for Aviation
15:00 – 15:15
World Café Feedback
15:15 – 15:45
Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:30
Beyond Aviation: Circular Economy Principles
  • Henriette Spyra, BMK / Austrian Climate Ministry
  • 16:30 – 17:00
    Exhibition & Snacks

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