Metropolregion Hamburg

Premier research for aviation

Hamburg Aviation has one aim: to make flying in the future more economical, more ecological, more comfortable, more flexible and more reliable.

With many research and development projects for product and process innovations, the cluster is expanding its core competencies.

Projects range from research on fuel cells as a source of on-board energy to acoustic and climatic improvements in the cabin, from adapting maintenance methods for new materials to optimising airport processes. All of these innovations flow into a single vision: the strategy called "a new kind of aviation".

Honoured in the Leading-Edge Cluster competition

Research in the cluster has been spurred on further by winning the first non-industry specific Leading-Edge Cluster competition held by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research: numerous research and development projects, representing more than 80 million euros worth of investment, are being jointly financed, half-half, by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the companies within the cluster.

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A research landscape in a class of its own

Hamburg Aviation has a research landscape that is unmatched throughout the world.

Numerous research programmes built on cooperation between the academic world and the industry, excellent research institutions and universities ensure that Hamburg’s leading position as a research location is enhanced even further.

Four universities in Hamburg are committed to teaching and research in the field of aviation:

  • the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg)
  • the Helmut Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
  • the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) 
  • and the University of Hamburg

The research competence is further enhanced by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with its Institute of Aerospace Medicine and the Institute of Air Transportation Systems. 

ZAL - the innovation think tank

ZAL, the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, is the driving force of innovation and the think tank of Hamburg Aviation. The organisation networks major corporations in the industry, small and medium-sized businesses, and the academic and scientific world. 

One ZAL project is the TechCenter in the Hamburg borough of Finkenwerder, a common roof for the fields of cabin concepts and technologies, air conditioning systems, fuselage integration, and system integration. Another substantial component of the TechCenter is the Fuel Cell Lab for innovative research into hydrogen cells and fuel cells.

Research cooperation

Examples of successful research cooperation within Hamburg Aviation are the HZG Helmholtz Centre in Geesthacht, the THF Technology Centre in Finkenwerder and the future private research facility, the "Northern Aeronautical Think Tank".