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Central European Aeronautical Research Initiative

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Although Europe is becoming more integrated on political and economic levels, co-operation is still an issue in terms of aeronautics research. There was progress during the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) and communication and co-operation between old and new EU Member States are developing.

However the possibilities for this integration are very limited. The reason behind this is that Central and Eastern Europe is itself a fragmented area in terms of research co-operation and organisations in the region know very little about each other's research potential. In Western Europe there is much more co-operation among research centres as it is not easy for research establishments to achieve high quality research results in most disciplines of aeronautics research on their own, mainly because of the need for significant investment in terms of infrastructure and personnel.

The New Member States have the capacity to perform significant research work for European aeronautics, but this capacity is highly underutilised, and the participation of research establishments from this area in FP6 projects was low. The lack of regional events targeted on this topic is obstructing this co-operation.


The concept of the CEARES project is to establish a well-coordinated network among the research organisations of the Central European States for sharing expertise, the latest research results and to develop contact with the European aeronautics industry.

This project intends to establish a Central European Research Initiative to foster regional co-operation. The objective aims to bring together research centres and universities from the region and give them the possibility to work together. The main tool is the establishment of a regional network, where key aeronautics research centres and relevant university departments are invited to become 'members'.

The most experienced research establishments of Central Europe were invited to join CEARES. Members are from the following Central European and Baltic states: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Description of Work

Work package 1: Management and coordination of CEARES. Within this work package, Task 1.1 deals with the actual management of the project: administrative management with a special focus on reporting, and high-level coordination of the project in terms of overall project goals and deliverables. Task 1.2 is the management of the Advisory Board and its support to the consortium.

Work package 2: the workshop arrangement. Three workshops will be held as three separate tasks at the three locations of the project partners. Mainly CEARES members will be present but the workshops are not exclusive, and Advisory Board members and other research organisations are invited on an individual basis.

Work package 3: responsible for the information management of CEARES. Task 3.1 is the creation of the website which will include a section for CEARES members only. Task 3.2 will collect all the relevant information on CEARES members and disseminate it through the members-only part of the website. The CEARES Forum for new common research topics and co-operation will also be in this section. Task 3.3 disseminates information outside of CEARES, mainly through three newsletters to the European aeronautics research community, which will be prepared after each workshop, and also by presentations, mainly through ACARE, AirTN, EASN and EREA.

Expected Results

Through the established CEARES Network, members will be informed about the capabilities, research activities and research needs of other members. In addition, advice will be provided by key EU aeronautics associations and entities (e.g. ACARE, AirTN, EASN and EREA) through the Advisory Board.

A first workshop will be held in Budapest, which will include 'Best practices in European co-operation' and Air Traffic Management research. A second workshop, in Zilina, will cover small aircraft, intermodality and coordinated calls by several Member States. A third workshop in Bucharest will include opportunities for the third FP7 aeronautics call.

In addition to networking and co-operation among institutes and universities in the central and eastern part of the European Union, integration to already existing European research networks will be fostered. Co-operation among research establishments can also enhance cross-border education and the training of young researchers.

By helping universities and institutes, CEARES indirectly helps local SMEs which often have contact with these institutions. In turn, these SMEs can also participate, as either partners or subcontractors.

Involvement of regional research organisations in European consortia will help the social cohesion of the European Union and the integration of the newer Member States.