Delivering Europe’s Vision for Aviation - ACARE Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda update

  • June 26, 2017

June 21, 2017 – The Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE) on behalf of its aviation stakeholders throughout Europe today launched the updated Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) to guide the future direction of public and private research towards the achievement of the ‘Flightpath 2050’ Vision.

Built on the Flightpath 2050 vision for aviation, the SRIA sets the strategic roadmap for aviation research, development and innovation. This roadmap provides a guide to future actions in public and private funding programmes, ensuring that research will meet the societal and market needs while maintaining and extending Europe’s industrial leadership in this sector.

Today Europe is a world leader in aviation. The SRIA represents a vital contribution to maintaining and expanding this excellence in the future and provides guidance on the research, development and innovation needed to deliver the Flightpath 2050 vision.

A number of external factors and boundary conditions in air transport within Europe have changed since 2012 when the first SRIA was launched.  The SRIA ‘Action Areas’ have been modified to address these changes including: developments in digitalisation and big data; new mobility concepts including remotely piloted air systems (RPAS); increased competitiveness challenges for EU stakeholders; recent security threats where they may affect research, innovation or policy; cybersecurity threats; increased concerns over the health effect of small particulates emissions; and new technologies.

The launch was welcomed by international high-level dignitaries from governments, industry, research establishments, universities and media. The announcement was endorsed by:

  • Prof Rolf Henke, Board Member for Aeronautics, DLR, Chair ACARE
  • Clara De La Torre, Director Transport, DG-RTD, European Commission
  • Michel Wachenheim, Policy Adviser to CEO, Airbus, Vice-Chair ACARE
  • Rene de Groot, Managing Director & COO, KLM, Vice-Chair ACARE

Aviation sets the pace of a global community where the need for fast and safe transport, combined with challenging environmental requirements, has advanced the European aviation sector towards world-leading technology in many fields. The updated SRIA provides the roadmap towards the best system performance with minimum negative effect. However, achieving these ambitious goals will require extensive research and with long-term commitment.

Prof Rolf Henke


ACARE is a forum for Aviation stakeholders, which since 2000, has set the research agenda for delivering significant improvements in sustainable, reliable, affordable and passenger-friendly aviation. Significant progress has been made since 2000: new aircraft designs are quieter and burn less fuel per passenger kilometre which means lower emissions. ACARE has now set out challenging objectives for future decades in the European Commission’s document Flightpath 2050 which was published in March 2011. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) developed and maintained by ACARE, provides a pathway towards achieving this vision.

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Read the vision Flightpath 2050

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