of a new entity, the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research
in Europe, designed to turn the current patchwork into a
research network by defining the content of the Strategic Research
Agenda and helping to make it a reality. The Council must be
tripartite in composition, bringing together, in a non-bureaucratic
way and recognising their particular roles, authoritative, senior
figures from aeronautics stakeholders, Member States and the
Commission to build consensus in favour of strategic actions.
would expect that participation in the work of the Advisory
Council would involve a commitment to influence all stakeholders
to plan research programmes in the light of SRA priorities.
Consensus at the Council level should also help in the sharing
of tasks and shaping relations between national and EU programmes
as well as influencing the deployment of funds.
Advisory Council should also be an effective instrument for
promoting the educational policies and standards needed to ensure
that highly-qualified and talented people are available to the
industry and to the research community in general.
this is not the place to determine the details, we think it
important that the Council should be a light structure of 20-30
people, identified for their experience, commitment and vision.
Direct representation of the major stakeholders would be essential
for this process to succeed. The Council's functions would be
and approve the Strategic Research Agenda and update it every
strategic and operational recommendations and commission future
for implementing the SRA and achieving the 2020 vision.
the overall results and benefits of the SRA for Member States,
the Commission and stakeholder groups. Develop and implement
a communications strategy with two broad objectives:
promoting awareness of the SRA within the stakeholder
communities and ouwards to larger public audiences;
disseminating sufficient information on stakeholders'
research programmes to facilitate a consensus on priorities.
accompanying measures for:
getting the best out of existing research infrastructures;
achieving cost-effective investment in new infrastructures;
ensuring educational policies that will produce the scientists,
engineers and other skills the industry needs.
Council would be supported in executing its functions by a small,
suitably qualified staff (the "Support Group") embodying,
like itself, the tripartite principle. We would hope that this
group would be drawn from the Commission, Member States and from
Compiling the SRA: in producing the proposal on the content
of the SRA, the Advisory Council's Support Group could commission
highly qualified independent experts to provide input.
2. Approving the SRA: after detailed consultations with
the aeronautics industry, Member States and the European
Institutions, the Support Group would draft the SRA for
approval by the Advisory Council.
3. Transmission to funding authorities: once approved, the
SRA would be passed to the European Parliament, the Council
of Research Ministers, Member States, and the European Commission.
4. Mapping the route: the Advisory Council's Support Group
would translate the SRA into more operational terms and
develop a strategic work programme as the basis for research
programmes and associated requirements. This would be passed
to all stakeholders and decision-makers involved in aeronautics
success of this exercise almost entirely depends on rallying the
political, industrial and research communities behind the SRA's
priorities. If they do so, research priorities will converge,
research performance will be more efficient and effective, there
will be more opportunities for collaboration, and European aeronautics
will become a global leader that responds to society's needs.