A Network of Experts

The high-level aim of ECATS is to help making aviation sustainable and thus foster the European Union’s overall environmental goals for aeronautics. With initial funding from the European Commission, ECATS' role has been from the beginning to create and coordinate the work of a closely-knit network of experts across the continent. The Association has impressive resources at its disposal for research into aviation and the environment. As a scientifically sound and internationally competitive research structure, it is ideally qualified to achieve its objective. read more


Themed learning

ECATS provides a well-developed education and training programme focused on filling gaps in knowledge on the environmental effects of air transport. We have experience in organising student schools on important aspect of aviation and the environment. During the early phase of ECATS, topics covered the subject of Airport Air Quality and Global Aviation Impact and Green Flight. Since then ECATS has been involved in schools on alternative fuels. Specific focus is given to present scientific and technological context of cross-cutting aspects. ECATS student schools are well received by around 20 students from across Europe. read more



ECATS has a broad and fundamental expertise as well as impressive resources for research on the environmental impact of air transport. As scientifically sound and internationally competitive European research structure ECATS combines all necessary and partially complementary scientific approaches used in the research on the environmental impact of aviation. An in-depth integration of the competences and activities available across Europe further improves the competitiveness of European aeronautics industry. As an important part of the scientific community, ECATS will be able to give the stakeholders advice on the best way forward. read more

Upcoming events

4th ECATS Conference announced!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 4th ECATS conference to take place at the TU Delft on […]

ECATS MORE&LESS Summer School – open for applications

Open for Application: 3-8 Sep 2023 Interdisciplinary Summer School on Aviation Climate Impacts The MORE&LESS project (MDO and REgulations for Low boom and Environmentally Sustainable Supersonic […]

ECATS publication – Cur­rent air trans­port cli­mate tar­gets in­suf­fi­cient for trend re­ver­sal

The ECATS network have recently published a research article in Nature Communications. CORSIA offset programme is likely to miss aviation […]




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