15th – 17th November 2021

2nd European Conference on Crashworthiness of Composite Structures

The ECCCS-2 conference aims to promote the dissemination and exchange of scientific information on the crashworthiness of composite structures. It provides and excellent forum for combining academic research and industrial works to examine crashworthiness of composite structures, as experimentally, as numerically in a wide range of domains such as aeronautics, space, automotive, sport ….

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The Network for Hydrogen Transportation (Network-H2) has been set-up by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to maximise the impact of UK-funded research and innovation.

Please see the funding opportunities below


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There have been two separate invitations, one issued by Government and the other by Industry.

The perspectives and content may differ, the links to the two information events are listed below.

European Funding Information Day, 20th May

  You are invited to join the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and ADS on Thursday 20th May at an online event to showcase the latest EU funding opportunities for the aerospace sector.

Although the UK has left the EU, it is still an Associate Member of Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme that will run from 2021 to 2027. This means that UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to access funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. It is therefore fundamental that the UK innovation community is fully aware of the opportunities that remain open to them.

Why attend?
The UK has done exceptionally well from EU research programmes in previous years and in addition to the grant funding it has provided, EU schemes have enabled UK companies, universities and research organisations to broaden their knowledge, enter international supply chains at an early stage, and gain access to skills and infrastructure not readily available in the UK.

This online event will showcase the latest EU open calls/cascade funding opportunities and offer participants the opportunity to connect with potential collaborators.

We are delighted to have a great line up of speakers at this event who will offer a comprehensive overview of the various funding opportunities available.

The line up includes speakers from ATI, ADS, Clean Sky JU, the European Commission, EY NI, the University of Nottingham and more. Click here to view the full agenda.

Register now to secure your place


DfT CSA and Innovate UK Webinar 

£600m of EU funding available for transport research and innovation 

As DfT’s Chief Scientific Adviser, I would like to invite you to a webinar on funding opportunities for research and innovation available to UK researchers and businesses from the EU’s Horizon Europe R&D programme. 

 Please join us on 24th May, 1330-1430, to hear more about the opportunities available and how you can participate. 


Professor Phil Blythe, DfT Chief Scientific Advisor: overview of the programme and the importance of collaborative research to UK organisations; 

Louise Mothersole, Horizon Europe UK National Contact Point for Mobility: how UK organisations can get involved. 


There’s no need to pre-book, just save this message in your calendar and click on the link below on the day. 

Click here to join the meeting  



The UK has agreed to associate to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation framework programme. Association will give UK scientists, researchers, local authorities and businesses access to funding under the programme on equivalent terms as organisations in EU countries. The European Commission has published a Q&A document that confirms “UK entities, including universities, research centers, scientists, innovative businesses, industry, etc. will have full rights to participate in the first calls for proposals of Horizon Europe as soon as they are published”. 


Within Horizon Europe, there are 53 separate transport or mobility related competitions due to open in 2021 with a combined budget of over €790m. Organisations from the UK have a success rate of over 30% when applying for EU framework programme grants and, in 2020, 35% of all collaborative projects funded in the transport sector had at least one UK partner.

Professor Phil Blythe 
Chief Scientific Adviser, DfT Office for Science 

The Advanced Composites Research Group at Queen’s University Belfast is offering a number of exciting PhD projects as part of a strategic collaborative partnership with Spirit AeroSystems.

These studentships are available to UK nationals only. A list of projects, and information on how to apply, may be found here .

For further information, please contact Prof Brian G. Falzon (b.falzon@qub.ac.uk)

The University of Southampton has worked with Royal Mail on a trial of fully autonomous scheduled drone flights. The trial will see the Company use Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flights to deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), COVID testing kits and other mail to the Isles of Scilly.

The Government-funded project, which has been developed in partnership with DronePrep, Skyports, Consortiq Limited, Excalibur Healthcare Services and Windracers Limited, will initially have a particular focus on helping to fight the pandemic by delivering crucial PPE and testing kits to the islands’ most vulnerable and remote communities.

Mail will be flown to the islands’ airport in St. Mary’s by the twin-engine Windracers ULTRA which was designed and built by engineers at the University of Southampton, led by Professor Jim Scanlan. The ULTRA can carry up to 100kg worth of mail at a time – equivalent to a typical delivery round.


For full report

royal mail deliveries by drone trial | University of Southampton


CFD is an important enabler for UK aerospace technology development. This ATI survey aims to gather information on the UK CFD effort as a first step in considering our readiness to address future technology and competitiveness challenges. We invite all UK groups active in the development and/or use of CFD methods for aerospace industry applications to participate.
Details: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ati-cfd-survey
Closing date: 21/05/21

Accelerating The Journey to Zero-Emissions Aviation:

Developing a Commercially Viable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Propulsion System

Wednesday 19th May 2021 12.00pm – 1.00pm BST

With the UK becoming the first major nation to include international aviation in its carbon dioxide emissions targets, and air traffic still expected to reach 10 billion passengers a year by 2050 – a key target date in achieving net zero CO2 emissions for the wider economy – the global commercial aviation sector needs commercially viable technology solutions which can deliver zero carbon emissions. For aircraft, several solutions exist to reduce CO2 emission and pollutant emissions as per terrestrial applications: bio- and synthetic fuels for conventional engines and gas turbines, hybrid electric propulsion systems, battery electric only or hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen is not a new technology for transport: it was developed as rocket fuel for the US space programme in the 1950s and is currently used in heavy duty commercial vehicles such as long-haul trucks and buses. What has changed to make it an appealing technology for commercial aviation now? In this free 60 minutes webinar, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Ricardo will give their technical insight into Project Fresson which is using hydrogen fuel cell technology to develop a commercially viable, retrofit powertrain solution for the nine-passenger Britten-Norman Islander aircraft. They will also look ahead to the next steps required to prepare what will be the world’s first truly green passenger-carrying airline services. Key topics and takeaways: • Presentation of the state-of-the-art for aircraft propulsion • Why fuel cell development for aircraft • Selecting hydrogen fuel cells • Methodology used to develop multiple stack fuel cell systems, and optimising for aerospace applications • Ricardo’s expert use of model-based development for terrestrial applications • Designing a multiple fuel cell stack system to fulfil the challenging aerospace performance, weight and volume targets

Please register for the free webinar here… https://lnkd.in/dHgekyD

The Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics within the School of Engineering at the University of Southampton is looking to strengthen and expand in the area of digital design, model-based engineering and model-based systems engineering with focus on new systems and processes required for lifecycle design and the tools required to achieve this.


The Design and Manufacturing Research Team at Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with York and Loughborough Universities, has been successful in winning a large-scale Programme Grant from the EPSRC.

‘Re-Imagining Engineering Design’ (RIED) is a £11.5m (with £7.3M from EPSRC) research programme supported by Rolls-Royce, Airbus and NI companies Glen Dimplex, Bombardier, JW Kane and Denroy.

40 researchers will work on this over 5 years showing some world leading work in the UK in engineering design


The success in winning this grant offers up the idea of further opportunity and potential for collaboration within the UK Aerospace Research Consortium, and the team is welcoming any potential opportunities for partnership on appropriate challenges.


On 20th April, the UK government announced that it is setting “the world’s most ambitious climate change target into law to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels”. Crucially for aviation, the UK’s share of international aviation emissions is to be incorporated in this drive towards net zero emissions.

Details of the government’s announcement can be found here. As pressure is ramped up – an emissions reduction of 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels – the aviation industry will be forced to accelerate innovation in technology, fuels and operations. As a crucible of research feeding this innovation chain, UK-ARC and its universities are focused upon initiating step-change research to assist the industry. Climate change is the largest driver of UK-ARC research ambitions and its support for the government’s Jet Zero Council, the Aerospace Technology Institute and the FlyZero goal to deliver a zero-emission aircraft within a decade. Many UK-ARC universities are already supporting FlyZero with projects testing concepts and innovations to help meet this goal.