News and Events

ECATS2016: 2nd ECATS Conference

Making aviation environmentally sustainable

Core Session: FORUM-AE Climate Change workshop

7-9 November 2016, Athens, Greece

The final programme is now available in pdf format

Conference | Programme | Committees | Venue | Key Dates| Register | Accommodation | Ext.Abstracts | Presentations/Posters


Building upon the success of the 1st ECATS Conference (Berlin 2013), this scientific conference will give the opportunity to present state-of-the art research, review recent achievements and at the same time will provide a strategic perspective on future directions in environmentally sustainable aviation. The conference programme will present research in four key areas of multi-disciplinary expertise allowing in-depth discussions and poster presentations.

  • Alternative fuels for aviation
  • Climate impact and mitigation concepts
  • Green flights – Climate optimal flight trajectory
  • Interdependency and aviation environmental modelling

Contributions relating to above key themes are welcome (300 words abstracts).
A preference (oral/poster) can be given with submission of abstract. Extended abstracts of all presentations will be included in the conference proceedings, which will be available at the conference. After the event selected contributions will be invited to submit a paper for peer-review to a special issue of an international journal.

ECATS2016_2nd_Call for abstracts


Click on this link to submit your abstract at the conference minisite

Contact details

ECATS International Association Network Office
c/o DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Oberpfaffenhofen 82334 Wessling, Germany

Phone: +49-8153-28-2501 (Conference Office)
Fax: +49-8153-28-1841 (attn. ECATS)





6th EASN International Conference


Innovation in European Aeronautics Research

October 18 – 21, 2016
Porto, Portugal

In 2016, for the first time, the European Aeronautics Science Network will convene In Portugal. The 6th International Conference of EASN will be co-organised with the Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (INEGI) of the University of Porto (FEUP).

The 6th EASN International Conference is set to be the larger, broader and most comprehensive gathering of the Association. It is designed to be the year’s leading forum for discussion and exchange of information about state-of-the-art research and development activities in Aeronautics and Air Transport.

The conference will include Plenary Sessions by renowned speakers and Open Discussions with distinguished researchers from the industry and academia. It will also include Thematic Sessions housing the majority of current European aeronautics research programs and Technical Workshops where evolving ideas, technologies, products, services and processes will be discussed. In this respect, the Conference is expected to foster the cooperation and interaction between its participants on a multidisciplinary basis serving as a meeting for exchanging novel and innovative ideas for future research.

The 2016 EASN Conference will be a flagship event in dissemination of aeronautics research activities and our goal is to share high quality, current achievements and new upstream research ideas.

More information can be found at the conference website



ECATS at TAC4 – Future alternative fuels strategy

The Alternative Fuels work package were recently represented by Sigrun Matthes at the 4th International Conference on Transport, Atmosphere and Climate (TAC4) at Bad Kohlgrub, Germany. A link to the presentation given at the conference is provided here ECATS_ITN_TAC4_2015_Christie_Matthes_final.

he aviation community in Europe aspires to develop an economic future that is sustainable in terms of fuel supply and with regards to climate impact. Sustainable alternative fuel pathways have begun to emerge as a promising option to augment and diversify fuel supplies whilst simultaneously reducing its environmental impact and emissions. It is this vision that is set out within the Biofuel Flightpath 2020 and EU aviation policy [1]. Research in this domain involves several different specialisms from fuel composition, chemical kinetics, combustion and propulsion, through to atmospheric chemistry and climate research. As a consequence, research is often disconnected across Europe and an integrated overview on how to best develop alternative fuels in aviation is often missing.

In this contribution we discuss a structure to traverse this gap: As a first objective we present a synopsis of state-of-the-art research covering key disciplines crucial for advancing the use of alternative fuels in aviation. As a second objective we present key open questions, and sketch pathways on how to overcome these challenges and advance research in this domain. In this context we introduce the idea of a network whose strengths reside in the breadth of competences from which it draws, supported by durable commercial involvement from across Europe, and cutting edge information exchange on new approaches, latest methods and recent findings in this emerging field. Concepts are introduced on how to best balance individual project requirements with cross cutting activities to preclude disconnected research definitions and promote integrated and efficient knowledge transfer. The presentation will discuss identified research needs, visions for prospective research, and some of the strategic issues to be addressed in designing sustainable alternative fuel pathways into the future

Meet ECATS in 2015

From 22-25 June 2015 TAC-4 “Transport, Atmosphere and Climate” conference will take place in Bad Kohlgrub (near Munich), Germany. ECATS researchers will present their expertise during this high-level event in thematic sessions, with a clear focus on aviation climate impact. In September 2015 ANERS 2015 “Aviation Noise and Emission Reduction Symposium” will take place in La Rochelle, France. ECATS researchers will participate with presentations on alternative fuels, environmental and climate impact of aviation and on more technological and operational measures to mitigate aviation climate impact.
More information can be found on the individual conference web-sites. See you there!

ECATS conference – presentations download

The presentations from the 1st ECATS conference in Berlin (18-21 November 2013) are available on the 1st ECATS conference programme page. Please contact workshop organisers for access data to this registered access domain. It was good meeting you in Berlin.

1st ECATS conference – Programme available

The programme for the 1st ECATS conference in Berlin (18-21 November 2013) is available on the 1st ECATS conference programme page, where you can also find an overview of the covered topics and information on the poster sessions. We wish you a safe trip. See you in Berlin.


Technical challenges for aviation in a changing environment

Between 18 – 21 November 2013 the 1st ECATS conference will take place in Berlin, Germany. The five key areas of multi-disciplinary expertise within ECATS International Association will be covered:

  • Alternative Fuels – mitigation options
  • Climate Impact of aviation emissions
  • Aviation environmental modelling and databases
  • Optimal flight trajectory: climate & safety
  • Atmospheric observation for aviation safety

This scientific conference will give the opportunity to present state-of-the art research, reviewing recent achievements and at the same time providing a strategic perspective on future directions. The conference program will present research in plenary sessions with specific break-out sessions allowing in-depth discussions and poster presentations.

For details of registration see 1st ECATS conference home pages.

Learn more about ECATS at TAC-3

From 25-28 June 2012 the conference on transport, atmosphere and climate took place in Prien (Chiemsee), near Munich, Germany. ECATS researchers presented research results from collaborative work on fundamental questions for sustainable aviation.
On alternative fuels an assessments of their atmospheric impact is combined with fuel specification and compliance studies. For aviation particulate matter emissions relevant research on improved characterisation and description (characterisation) was presented. Specific atmospheric impact studies with regards to atmospheric composition and climate impact on global scale, green flight options and interdependency modelling approaches were presented. Additionally, ECATS partners contributed with their expertise on science-stakeholder interface to the field of disruptive events (i.e. volcanic ash) for the European Air Transport System. Finally, during TAC-3, training activities and education were on display which were performed by ECATS International Association within the highly interdisciplinary field of aviation and environment.
ECATS members had the opportunity to register at a reduced participation fee at the conference.

For more information on the conference:

Get the ECATS Magazine!

To mark the onset of ECATS International Association and the end of the ECATS Network of Exellence funded by EC, a magazine has been produced summarising the work carried out between 2005 and 2012. This magazine provides you an overview on those activities that foster a sustainable environmental research collaboration of its member organisations, and by this contribute to the answers that industry and society needs.
Discover thematic highlights on searching for a sustainable future in aviation fuel by Prof. Chris Wilson (University of Sheffield, UK), on agreeing on new guidelines for how to deal with volcanic eruptions from Andreas Petzold (DLR, Germany), on growth challenges for the issue of air quality at European airports from Prof. Peter Wiesen (University of Wuppertal, Germany), on interdependency modelling from Paul Brok (NLR, Netherlands) and on climate-optimized flight routing from Sigrun Matthes (DLR, Germany).
Download a pdf copy of ECATS Review Magazine here: ECATS_Review_2005-2012 (file size 5 MB)
Order your printed copy from our office by sending an email to:


The Aircraft Noise and Emissions Reduction Symposium (ANERS), an international conference focusing on the topics and issues of aircraft emissions and noise reduction will be held in Marseille (France) 25th to 27th of October 2011. Visit the ECATS booth!
For more information: Aners2011_First_Announcement

Symposium Objectives
The Association AĂ©ronautique et Astronautique de France (3AF) and the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) are pleased to announce that the 3AF/AIAA Aircraft Noise and Emissions Reduction Symposium (ANERS) will take place in Marseille, France from 25th –27th October 2011.
This high-level, multidisciplinary technical Symposium will bring together leading engineers, scientists, researchers, government and civil aviation officials, industry, and policy makers from Europe and the United States as well as other regions of the world to discuss the topics and issues of aircraft emissions and noise reduction. The Symposium is being organized by 3AF and AIAA.
The objective of the Symposium is to review challenges and opportunities faced by manufacturers, local communities, air carriers, airports, governmental institutions, and non-governmental organizations to address noise and emission abatement and to develop holistic solutions that will alleviate the pressure associated with air traffic growth.
The format of the 3AF/AIAA Aircraft Noise and Emissions Reduction Symposium will be comprised of a series of invited talks in a single-session, panel format and feature leading experts in the field. The program will feature balanced representation from Europe, the United States, and other regions of the world.



DG Research/Aeronautics