RADIAN has been launched

Hamburg, Germany, October 12-13, 2016

In October, 2016, European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme has launched a support and coordination project RADIAN, which shall identify the full potential of aeronautics and air transportation (AAT) research capabilities throughout Europe. Also RADIAN shall contribute to further more efficient cross-European research cooperation.

The project's international consortium comprises of a balanced mix of organisations representing countries with high, medium and low participation in AAT research on European level:

world leading non-profit research organisations like Fraunhofer Society and APRE, National Aerospace University "KhAI", one of the most important aerospace clusters in Europe – Aerospace Valley, a non-profit shareholding consortium – CIRA, a non-profit Association of Polish Aviation Industry – APAI, The European Aeronautics Science Network EASN-TIS, an innovation consulting company – Invent Baltics Ltd, a consulting company on aeronautics research and development projects – Slot Consulting Ltd, and an innovation consulting company for aviation research and innovation projects – Thelsys GmbH.

RADIAN - Facilitating Collaboration in ReseArch and Development to Foster Further Innovation in European AeroNautics - with a budget of ~2 M€ encompasses a period of 3 years and is being coordinated by Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Pauly from Fraunhofer. The RADIAN consortium convened at the kick-off meeting in Hamburg on October 12-13 to discuss goals, objectives and project content as well as administrative issues related to RADIAN, and to start the first actions.

The statistics of AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) show the dominant position of the industry in UK, France, and Germany, followed by Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and Poland. Except of Poland these EU member states are also GARTEUR nations benefitting from decades of practical cooperation in aeronautics research. Imbalance becomes evident also between Eastern and Western European nations and recently Associated Countries, e.g. Ukraine. FP7 statistics clearly indicate that the newer member states are less successful in collaborative RDI or JTI Clean Sky projects. The RADIAN consortium partners will unite their forces to contend the gap.

The goals of RADIAN are ambitious. The main goal is more than just to increase the H2020-participation of organisations from developing aeronautics countries, e.g. from Eastern Europe, but also tapping the real problems and proposing solutions for more efficient cooperation. Among other targets the project aims at a more integrated European research environment in AAT where:

  • Researchers at both universities and research organisations cooperate in a fully integrated network irrespective of its location, size and financial possibilities.
  • Attention is also paid to the stronger involvement of commercial companies located in European regions with less activities in AAT, provided that they can give useful contribution, especially in niche areas.
  • Europe is getting more competitive in emerging new developments (such as the Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ (UAS) market) by building new supply chains if necessary thus opening opportunities for further European commercial companies.
  • All supply chains fully utilise the possibilities of new and emerging companies, especially SMEs to strengthen the competitive European position in the global fight for industrial leadership.
  • The European aeronautics and air transport industry integrates organisations from the geographic Europe (beyond member states and including regions with currently less involvement) in order to provide an added value at the European scale.

A special session during the kick-off event was dedicated to the collaboration with AERO-UA project, a twin project of RADIAN. AERO-UA aims to stimulate aviation research collaboration between the European Union and Ukraine (UA) through strategic and targeted support. Both consortiums intended to co-organize several events for the European AAT community.


For more information, contact Gerhard Pauly, the Coordinator of RADIAN