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The 1st ZAL Innovation Days in Review

04.12.2017News about Hamburg Aviation

The ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research held its inaugural "Innovation Days" on 21-22 November 2017. The topics focused on New Ways of Collaboration, Innovative Research Strategies and Future Technologies.

In the world's most recent and advanced aviation research center, two days full of presentations, interactive workshops and guided tours as well as lots of space for breakout sessions, networking and an evening event for even more inspiring exchange were held for the first time. Hosted by APEX Media Director Maryann Simson, the conference addressed an international audience across industries to support a mutual benefit concerning the exchange of innovating concepts.

21 keynotes showed various perspectives on future workspaces, challenges in the aviation industry and the collaboration of research and production. A selection:

Dr. Susan Ying, President International Council of Aeronautical Science (ICAS), previously Chief Integration Officer COMAC //

Ying outlined the rising complexity in aircraft development and the chances of using the huge amounts of data.

Andrew Anderson, CTO Office, Airbus //

The hybrid-electric projects from Airbus reach from the Urban Air Taxi to the Civil Aviation. Long development cycles can be an obstacle for this innovation field as digital project are ready for the market much faster than any other projects in the aviation industry. 

Prof. Peter Chivers, Chief Executive Officer, UK National Composites Centre //

Chivers presented strategies how innovative research centers like the National Composites Centre or the ZAL TechCenter can overcome the "Valley of Death" between scientific research and market maturity.

Lars Thomsen, Chief Futurist, future matters //

"People and industries often underestimate, what can happen in 10 years", trend researcher Lars Thomsen stated. In times of "hyper innovation" ideas are faster and faster ready to be implemented. AI will soon be find in the cockpit as well as in the drivers seat, that is for sure according to Thomsen. At the moment Future Matters is observing around 730 companies and their development in the innovation sector.

Dr. Frank Anton, Executive Vice President eAircraft, Siemens AG //

Siemens wants to be able to propel hybrid-electric aircraft up to 100 seats by 2030, says its EVP Dr. Anton. One of the main reasons for attractiveness of hybrid-electric aircraft in the future will be its low noise footprint. By 2050, Siemens even believes that electric propulsion will be the standard solution for all aircraft segments.

Dr. Fassi Kafyeke, Senior Director Strategic Technology and Innovation, Bombardier Aerospace //

Kafyeke took the audience on a journey to the beginnings of the Bombardier C Series program, obstacles and chances for his team and the recent developments in Canadian aircraft production. His presentation even included a group photo of the CSeries team from 1999, giving an insight in how long the development of aircraft programs usually take.

David Doyle, Director of Personalised Digital Experience, Lufthansa Group Airlines //

Lufthansa's David Doyle indulged the ZAL Innovation Days attendees in digital innovation projects on the airline side. Showcases included the RIMOWA Electronic Bag, which was developed together with a team from Airbus Protospace.

See the full agenda of the ZAL Innovation Days in overview.

Image Gallery: The ZAL Innovation Days in pictures

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