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Brussels, 15 January 2001

Aeronautics Days to reveal 2020 vision
29-31 January 2001, Hamburg

Keywords: aeronautics, environment, energy efficiency, safety

At the Fourth Community Aeronautics Days in Hamburg on 29-31 January European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will unveil a vision for European aeronautics in the year 2020, developed at his request by a high-level group of industry leaders. The vision addresses not only industrial competitiveness but also issues of public concern such as safety, the environment, noise and air transport capacity – and what should be done over the next 20 years to achieve goals in these areas. As Mr Busquin points out, ‘An inclusive vision of this kind is precisely what Europe needs in order to arrive at a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly air transport system that will strengthen the competitiveness of its increasingly integrated economy.’ In addition, the existing cooperation in European aeronautics research – and that which will be required in the future – make it a model sector for realising the European Research Area.

The conference, expected to attract over 600 participants, will be opened by Philippe Busquin together with Thomas Östros, the Swedish Minister of Education and Science and chairman of the EU Research Council, Werner Müller, the German Minister of Economics and Technology, and Thomas Mirow, Hamburg’s State Minister for Economic Affairs. Its two main topics are current research in aeronautics and future directions. Other keynote speakers include Sir Richard Evans, Chairman of BAE SYSTEMS plc, Jean-Luc Lagardère, President of Groupe Lagardère and Rainer Hertrich, CEO of EADS and President of AECMA, the European aeronautics industry association.

The world aeronautics market is likely to double (and air traffic to triple) by the year 2020 with enormous implications for safety, air traffic control, energy and the environment – and enormous opportunities for the European aeronautics industry. In 1999, the industry produced revenues exceeding €66 billion with net exports of €22 billion, involved over 7 000 companies, employed some 400 000 workers directly – many of them highly skilled – and generated nearly 1.5 million jobs indirectly.

Aeronautics Days 2001 will showcase technological and industrial development in the European aeronautics sector. The conference and associated exhibition will illustrate the research currently being carried out in such areas as aero-engine technologies, environmental impacts, advanced structures and aerodynamics, noise reduction, safety and air traffic management. Against the backdrop of Europe's social needs and expectations, the event will provide a high-level, future-oriented perspective from the political, industrial and research communities.

In-depth thematic presentations will highlight the technological achievements and ongoing activities of collaborative aeronautics research, especially under the 'New Perspectives in Aeronautics' key action of the European Union's Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

Aeronautics Days 2001 will also provide a forum where SMEs from the aeronautics supply chain can meet the main players – something which may be of particular interest since there is a call for research proposals open until the end of March 2001, with a budget for aeronautics of €230 million.

Finally, the event will afford an overview of other national and international research activities within Europe. In keeping with the concept and objectives of a European Research Area, researchers, engineers, managers, government officials and journalists from all over Europe will enjoy a unique opportunity for discussing and reflecting on a roadmap for the future of aeronautics research.

 

Full conference details and a registration form are available on-line at http://ec.europa.eu/research/growth/aeronautics-days/index.html

For press registration (using the attached form), please contact:
Bettina Hausmann, Fax: + 32-2-737 95 01, E.mail: bhausman@hillandknowlton.com

For further information, please contact:

Herbert von Bose,  Aeronautics Head of Unit, Research DG
Tel: +32.2.29 59074, E.mail: herbert.von-bose@ec.europa.eu

Dietrich Knoerzer, Co-ordinator, Aeronautics Days, ResearchDG
Tel: +32.2.29.61607, E.mail: dietrich.knoerzer@ec.europa.eu

Stephen Gosden, Press and Information Officer, Research DG
Tel: +32.2.29.60079, Fax: +32.2.29.58220, E-mail: Stephen.Gosden@ec.europa.eu


Aeronautics Days 2001
29-31 January 2001, Hamburg

Notes for editors

Journalists are invited to attend the conference. There is no registration fee for them but they must complete the attached registration form and send it by fax or e-mail to Bettina Hausmann (bhausman@hillandknowlton.com or fax: + 32-2-737 95 01)

There will be a media programme including a:

Exhibition highlights of particular interest for the media include Individual interviews with key speakers can be arranged and there will be a press room for coffee and chat.

You will find further media-relevant information in the coming days - as well as during the conference itself - in the press section of the conference website:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/growth/aeronautics-days/press.html


Aeronautics Days 2001:
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r Advanced aeronautics technologies – EADS Airbus

r Modern aircraft and aero-engine overhaul – Lufthansa Technik Aircraft Maintenance Centre

r Future-oriented airport and ATM installations – Hamburg Airport

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