Research Landscape

Leading-edge research for aviation

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

Numerous research programs 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. Since 2017, Hamburg is also an official seat of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Hamburg’s major infrastructures for R&T include:

  • ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research as the internationally visible F&I-„Lighthouse“ of Hamburg
  • 4 DLR institutes: for system architectures, for MRO, for Aerospace Medicine, for Air Transportation Systems
  • Fraunhofer IAPT as competence center for 3D printing
  • CFK-Valley Stade as composite-fiber competence center

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

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

Our many research and development projects for product and process innovations 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 optimizing airport processes.