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ECATS 2020 conference – guidance for attendees and presenters

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Roles at conference

This is the first time that ECATS will run a fully online conference event. As such we have developed some guidance for attendees and presenters to try and help make the process as smooth as possible. The programme committee would be thankful if you could follow the guidance below. Here’s hoping that you have an enjoyable and informative conference experience!

All Attendees

The ECATS conference programme committee has designed a conference to allow us all to communicate, share our research and ideas in the same way as we would in a more conventional format as far as is possible. We have organised three types of session on the conference agenda Programme: Conference Sessions, Coffee Breaks and Poster Sessions.

Oral presentations

The main Conference Sessions ran as webinars using Zoom. This software allows the assigning of specific roles to attendees at the conference. The session chairs and presenters formed a panel with the ability to share their screens, webcams and audio. The session attendees were by default only able to see the webcam content and screen content from the presenting member of the panel.

Poster presentations

All posters are available as online documents. We have set up virtual live discussion rooms during the conference, where you could get in direct exchange with the poster presenters. All participants haa audio and video enabled. A moderator supported communication.


Standard presentation were 10 minutes followed by a question and answer session. As the time slot for oral contributions was kept short, we requested the speakers to focus on their main issue.The nature of the oral presentations was to draw the audiance’s attention to their contributions in the Special Issue in Aerospace or in the Book of Abstracts.

Poster Presenters

The posters for the ECATS conference were displayed in virtual rooms



ECATS 2020 General Data Protection Regulation Statement

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The ECATS handling of personal data is controlled by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and associated legislation. ECATS is obliged to provide you with the following information which explains in detail how and why we are processing your personal data and explains your legal rights.

There are two types of information that we would like to retain as part of the preparation for, and the recording of the ECATS online conference.

Firstly, your names and professional e-mail addresses would be recorded for distribution amongst the conference attendees. We would also retain these addresses for the announcement of future ECATS activities and events. Unless otherwise notified, this information would be held for six years and either be replaced or removed at this point.

For delegates:
As a conference delegate, your contributions to the conference will be recorded as video / audio files and made available on the ECATS website following the event.

For speakers:
As a conference speaker, your contributions will be recorded and made available via the ECATS website as a record of your presentation. This will include an audio track of your voice, and if enabled, webcam images of you speaking. Additionally, please note that we can not avoid other using recording or copying presentations provided and information shared during this event.

General information on Data Protection law is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

ECATS 2020 Conference Book of Abstracts (Vol1) online!

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As part of our move to an online conference, the ECATS community published a book of extended abstracts for the conference ahead of the online event. This is intended to encourage researchers and attendees at the conference to start their networking early.

ECATS Book of Abstracts Volume 1

More information on the 3rd ECATS conference scheduled on 13-15 Oct 2020 can be found using the navigation bar.

ECATS 3rd Conference 13-15 October 2020 (new)

The ECATS conference will take place online 13-15 October 2020 as an open access event, please note that registration is required.

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Making aviation environmentally sustainable

13-15 October 2020, online

Building upon the success of the 1st ECATS Conference (Berlin 2013) and 2nd ECATS Conference (Athens 2016) this scientific conference ECATS2020 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 seven key areas of multi-disciplinary expertise allowing in-depth discussions and poster presentations.

  • Airport Air Quality
  • Alternative fuels for aviation
  • Aviation climate impact and mitigation concepts
  • Green flight – Climate optimal flight trajectory
  • Propulsion Integration
  • Cryogenic and electrofuels
  • Future materials for aircraft
  • Young researcher Swedish National Aeronautics Programme (NFFP)

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

    Fax: +49-8153-28-1841 (attn. ECATS)

ECATS at EASN conference, Athens

During the EASN conference in Athens, 3-6 September 2019, a dedicated ECATS session took place, presenting recent results and concepts Forward regarding sustainable aviation. The session was chaired by Thrassos Panidis, former ECATS Executive Board member, University of Patras and well attended by experts on sustainable aviation.

From within the International Association working Group leaders will attend from “Climate and Aviation”, “Green Flight”, and “alternative fuels”. For a full list of individual presentations please check the conference programme (

It was good meeting you in Athens!

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

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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.



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