'CooperatEUS' – EU-US co-operation in aeronautics research
The 49th edition of the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (ASM) in Orlando, Florida, drew a wide audience of international aeronautics and space researchers and featured high-level exchanges between European and American policy makers.
At the opening session to this year's ASM, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden set the conditions for affordable, sustainable and realistic space exploration, based on leadership, skill and openness to co-operation. He said: "International co-operation in space with the EU has been beneficial" and "I do see co-operation with EU growing in aeronautics research.”
Speaking at a special session on energy and the environment, Alain Garcia, Integration Team Chairman of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE), discussed the bigger picture: “Today's air transport system is global in all segments, and more international collaboration is required to respond to the grand challenges. EU and US authorities both recognise the importance of their collaboration”.
EU initiative highlighted
The 2011 edition of AIAA ASM was co-sponsored by 'CooperatEUS', the EU-US aeronautics research co-operation platform launched recently with the support of the European Commission.
"CooperatEUS is aimed at establishing and fostering communication and co-operation between US and EU research stakeholders in civil aeronautics," explained Garcia. At an informative CooperatEUS meeting, participants, including NASA officials and representatives of the US manufacturing industry, laboratories and academia, expressed interest in the sort of 'win-win' co-operation being promoted by the EC.
Several specific expressions of interest were recorded and are now being followed up by the CooperatEUS team. Garcia and European Commission representative Pablo Perez-Illana also met briefly with Bolden at the CooperatEUS booth.
All interested parties are now invited to contact CooperatEUS and contribute to an active dialogue, e.g. in the form of a 'brainstorming' session during the next European Aeronautics Days ( Aerodays) in Madrid on 1 April 2011.