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Tallinn seminar spotlights research and design

The seventh international seminar on ‘Recent research and design progress in aeronautical engineering and its influence on education’ drew scientists, students and aviation specialists from fourteen countries and nineteen universities and institutes. The event was hosted by Tartu Aviation College in Tallinn, Estonia.

Tallinn seminar
Seminar in full swing
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RRDPAE is an international seminar on aviation research, engineering and education, held once every two years. First held in Poland in 1994, it irepresents an excellent opportunity to promote contacts and exchange between aviation educational establishments, research institutions and aviation enterprises.

This latest in the series featured a significally wider scope than usual. Traditionally focused on Eastern-European countries, this year’s event saw participants and renowned specialists from as far away as Japan and the United States.

Top-level speakers

Mailis Reps
Mailis Reps
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Mailis Reps, Estonia’s Minister of Education and Research, greeted the participants, calling the event, “the biggest in the field of aviation science since Estonia regained its independence.”

Keynote addresses were delivered by Ray Whitford of Cranfield University, Antonin Pistek of Brno University of Technology, and professor Zdobyslaw Goraj of the Warsaw University of Technology. A presentation was also made by professor and academician Ene Ergma, current Vice-President of Estonian Parliament.

Tallinn old town
Tallinn welcomes delegates
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In all, 46 presentations covered topics of special interest in Estonia and the wider aeronautical engineering community, including human factors, flight safety and new developments in aviation education.

And presentations

As per tradition, this year’s seminar included a major series of student presentations. Zdobyslaw Goraj remarked, “The quality of presentations in the student section has been improving year by year.”

Organisers say Tartu Aviation College succeeded in giving the seminar a new dimension, bringing together scientists from a wide range of countries and linking important players in aviation engineering and education.

The next seminar in the series will be held in 2008 in Brno, Czech Republic. As the seminar has now grown beyond its original format, delegates are discussing the possibility of a conference format for the next event.