ACARE launches a new organisation to lead Research and Innovation for Air Transport in Europe

Le Bourget, Paris Air show, 19th June 2013 – the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE) launched a new organization relying on a wide base of stakeholders of European aviation in order to operate efficiently during the implementation phase of its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

ACARE published its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in September 2012 at the ILA international airshow. It provides a guide to the future direction of public and private research and sets policy principles towards the achievement of the ‘Flightpath 2050’ Vision for aviation ensuring that research will meet the societal and market needs while maintaining and extending Europe’s industrial leadership in this sector.

With the imminent start of the European Commission Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), ACARE timely adapted its structure and mission to be ready for the implementation of the SRIA. For the start of this important phase, Peter Hartman, Vice-Chairman of Air France/KLM will take over from Tom Enders.

Mr Enders highlighted that "The SRIA reflects industries needs for Research and Innovation in a concrete programme of work which will engage the entire aviation innovation chain along with national and private research efforts. The new organisation structure prepares the way for implementing the research activities as part of Horizon 2020, which includes the CleanSky 2 proposal presented to the European Commission today as well as SESAR and other collaborative research.  

In taking over the chairmanship, Mr Hartman said  “I am looking forward to leading ACARE at a critical time when Europe is about to launch its research priorities under Horizon 2020 and prepares itself for a new European Commission in 2014, that has to be instrumental in regaining Europe's competitiveness in air transport.”

The new ACARE organisation will be supported by a Strategy and Integration Board that will steer the work of ACARE through five working groups responsible for key elements of the SRIA objectives covering:

  • Mobility
  • Competitiveness
  • Environment and Energy
  • Safety and Security
  • Resources


The new organisation was welcomed by international high-level dignitaries from governments, industry, research establishments, universities and other stakeholders of ACARE.




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