SUNJET II Forum, Europe-Japan Cooperation in the domain of R&T for Aviation, Berlin ExpoCenter airport

SUNJET II successfully organized the SUNJET II Forum on “Europe-Japan Cooperation in the domain of R&T for Aviation”. The Forum was held on the 2nd of June 2016 during the ILA-Berlin Airshow at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport.

The SUNJET II forum objectives were three-fold:

  • During the first part, the forum aimed to clearly demonstrate the benefits of working together. Policy making authorities from Europe and Japan outlined the importance of bilateral collaboration in aviation and the need for further efforts to unlock the potential of cooperation. This was also demonstrated through a number of presentations of successful past EU-Japan common research activities, such as the projects SHEFAE, HIKARI, JEDI ACE.
  • The second part of the Forum included a series of presentations aiming to present to the participants the currently available opportunities, as well as some practical advice on how to efficiently engage in common activities.
  • The Forum was followed by a B2B meetings session aiming to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, matchmaking and networking among European and Japanese stakeholders, providing a layout for future projects and collaborations.

The SUNJET II Forum was an excellent opportunity to gather diverse stakeholders from Europe and Japan and to pave the way for future EU-Japan cooperation, which could be co-funded by Horizon 2020 (EU's Framework Programme for Research & Innovation) and by METI (Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and other relevant Japanese Ministries or organizations.

Major representatives of European and Japanese entities including but not limited to: Airbus Group, METI, European Commission, Clean Sky, Sumitomo Precision Products, Rolls-Royce, Fraunhofer IFAM, JAXA, Nikkiso Co., Ltd., Sinfonia Technology Co., Ltd., EASN Association, Esterline Belgium, attended the Forum and had the opportunity to meet and interact with each other.

The experience gained through numerous bilateral collaborations between EU and Japanese entities, but also several co-funded collaborative projects in FP7 and H2020, make it evident that both Europe and Japan have a lot to gain from working together and combining expertise in Aviation related research activities.

SUNJET II, brings together stakeholders from Europe and Japan and aims to create roadmaps in the fields of Airframe, Engine, Systems and Equipment with the support of the Industry, R&T Institutions, Academia and Clusters Communities. Furthermore, SUNJET II acts as a facilitator towards further enhancement of EU-Japan R&T cooperation in Aviation. This is done through the development of openly accessible tools, allowing the creation of new partnerships, the provision of practical advice and best practices for working together and the identification of research topics of mutual interest.

Various presentations of the SUNJET II Forum event are available online here.

You may view the pictures of the event here.

SUNJET II Forum ILA Berlin

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 640480

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The consortium is working in close cooperation and supported by Japanese mirror organizations, including the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC), the Japan Aircraft Development Corporation (JADC), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the University of Tokyo and Chubu Aerospace Industry and Technology Center (C-ASTEC).

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