A Virtual Aerospace Campus for 7 partner regions

Training alliance supports regions and brings talent into the aerospace sector


Connecting regions through education and training

Skilled people for a global aerospace sector

The aerospace sector is one of the most important drivers of innovation in the modern world. Factors such as globalisation and limited financial resources are exerting a high level of competitive pressure on all market players. In order to be successful, companies and institutions need access to plenty of skilled people and an environment which facilitates scientific discourse.

The Global Aerospace Campus, with its scientific events and its planned range of online courses, provides access to existing expertise in the field of aerospace and promotes regional research and educational activities.

Regionen verbinden durch Aus- und Weiterbildung
Qualifizierte Köpfe für eine globale Luft- und Raumfahrt

A driving force for innovation

The Global Aerospace Campus encompasses three interacting elements:

  • Continuing education: Online courses serving the training needs of scientists and business individuals
  • Networks: The international event series “Global Aerospace Summit” providing for scientific exchange across regional borders
  • Research: Events and online courses serving as platforms for scientists and corporate research staff to present their work and form alliances

Online courses for the aerospace sector increase learning opportunities and boost the exchange of knowledge and ideas among participating partners, while making scientific research accessible to a wider public, providing better access to experts, and bringing research and teaching closer together. In-person events offer additional opportunities for collaboration. To this end, partner regions have organised the project’s regular event series Global Aerospace Summit. See “Activities” for further information on our events.


Global expertise ‘to go’

The first online course on Digitisation in Aeronautics and Space kicks off in autumn 2019. For registration, please send an email to:
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Course content:
- Human Factors 4.0: Requirements and Challenges for People, Teams and Organizations (Prof. Dr. Harald Schaub, IABG)
- Digitisation in Production (Prof. Dr. Klaus Drechsler and Prof. Dr. Gunther Reinhart, Technical University Munich)
- Space and Digitisation (Prof. Dr. Roger Förstner, Bundeswehr University Munich)
- Global Satellite Navigation Systems (GNSS) for Efficient and Flexible Air Navigation (Prof. Dr. Thomas Pany, Bundeswehr University Munich)
- Collaborative Aircraft Design (Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung, Technical University Munich)
- Modelling and Simulation of Aerospace Systems with Modelica (Dr. Dirk Zimmer, German Aerospace Center)
- Digital Avionics Networks (Prof. Dr. Peter Stütz, Bundeswehr University Munich)
- Digital Models and their Compression in Structure-Control Interaction Problems (Prof. Dr. Horst Baier, Technical University Munich)

Online teaching comes in various shapes: e.g. webinars, lecture recordings or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These are the key tools utilised by the Global Aerospace Campus, aiming at enabling a globally accessible knowledge database powered by a strong network and supported by international mobility programmes.

All project partners share the same vision, i.e. building a structured further training programme comprising global in-person attendance phases and work experience placements. Lectures on aerospace by the global partner community are to be coordinated and made available on this website as early as 2019.


Seven partner regions – one scientific alliance

Members of the Regional Leaders’ Summit organise a biennial summit intended to map out political perspectives and strategies for a sustainable development of society, the economy and the environment.

As from 2016, aerospace has been enjoying increasing interest from the regional network. The Global Aerospace Campus is the scientists’ answer to the call for more knowledge. Co-operating within such a training alliance will strengthen the region’s position in this innovative research and industrial sector significantly.

Thus, at the 2016 Regional Leaders’ Summit in Munich, the following resolution was passed:

Aerospace – a virtual campus

11. In order to strengthen the specialized training of aerospace engineers, researchers and industrial experts from our regions have come together to build a new online training platform with virtual and in-person components. Training modules reflecting the regional specializations will be generated and shared with the other regions.

  • Federal State Bavaria
    Country: Germany
    Capital: Munich
    Population: 12.5 m

  • Province Québec
    Country: Canada
    Capital: Québec City
    Population: 7.6 m

  • Federal State São Paulo
    Country: Brazil
    Capital: São Paulo
    Population: 42 m

  • Federal State Georgia
    Country: USA
    Capital: Atlanta
    Population: 9.7 m

  • Province Western Cape
    Country: South Africa
    Capital: Cape Town
    Population: 5.2 m

  • Province Shandong
    Country: China
    Capital: Jinan
    Population: 94.7 m

  • Federal State Upper Austria
    Country: Austria
    Capital: Linz
    Population: 1.4 m

  • RLS-Fact Box:
    The regions are home for 177 million people representing a Gross Domestic Product of more than 3,000 billion US$. Between the partner regions, more than 600 projects have been implemented on a bilateral and multiregional level.

Global Aerospace Summit:
combined international expertise

Starting in 2016, local aerospace scientists have set up an increasing number of annual events in their respective partner regions:

  • Autumn 2020


    4 th Global Aerospace Summit in Upper Austria
    Topic: TBA

  • 27 - 31 May 2019


    3 rd Global Aerospace Summit in São Paulo
    The motto: The best from all partner regions on the subjects of aerospace-digitisation, satellites and energy

    Researchers from the partner regions gathered at a scientific conference in Brazil's technology center São José dos Campos. Within the three sessions aerospace-digitisation, mini satellites and energy, researchers presented latest results from their regions.

    Speakers of the Aerospace-Digitisation session: Professor João Azevedo (CNPq), Professor Guenter W. Hein (Munich Aerospace/Bundeswehr University Munich), Dr Corné Edwin van Daalen (Stellenbosch University), Professor Kash Khorasani (Concordia University), Professor Domingos Alves Rade (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica), Professor William Roberto Wolf (University of Campinas), Professor Emilia Vilani (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica), Himilcon Carvalho (Visiona), Professor Oskar J. Haidn (Technical University of Munich), Professor Carlos de Marqui (University of São Paulo), Professor Luis Rodrigues (Montreal Aerospace Institutes/Concordia University), Professor Roberto Marcondes Cesar (University of São Paulo), Professor Jia Yuan Yu (Concordia University), Patrick Hyndman (Ministry of Economy and Innovation of Québec), Dr Markus Steindl (RISC Software)

  • 10 - 11 May 2018


    2 nd Global Aerospace Summit in Québec
    Topic: Aerospace Sustainable Technologies to Address Industry 4.0 Challenges

    In May 2018, the Montreal Aerospace Institutes led by ETS Montréal (École de technologie supérieure) gathered in Montréal, Québec to discuss sustainable technology developments that will be central to this “fourth industrial revolution”, also addressing the educational institutions’ possible responses to the demand for appropriate skill-sets for future aerospace engineers.

    Speakers: Professor Hany Moustapha (ETS Montréal), Professor Mirko Hornung (Bauhaus Luftfahrt/Technical University of Munuch/Munich Aerospace), Professor Horst Baier (Technical University of Munich/Munich Aerospace), Pascal Désilets (CTA), Professor Domingos A. Rade (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutical), Paul Bousquet (Siemens Energy), Professor Yaoyao Fiona Zhao (McGill University), Professor William Roberto Wolf (University of Campinas)

  • 26 - 28 June 2017


    1 st Global Aerospace Summit in Bavaria
    Topic: Green Aerospace. Towards Sustainable Aeronautics and Space Technologies

    In June 2017, scientists, industry representatives and PhD students from all partner regions congregated at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus near Munich to discuss Green Aerospace topics, an event organized by Munich Aerospace.

    Speakers: Professor Klaus Drechsler (Technical University of Munich/Munich Aerospace), Dr Frank Anton (Siemens), Professor Hany Moustapha/Professor Francois Garnier (ETS Montreal), Hans Steininger (MT Aerospace), Professor Fernando Catalano (University of Sao Paulo), Davina di Cara (European Space Agency), Professor Oskar Haidn (Technical University of Munich), Dr Fassi Kafyeke (Bombardier), Johannes Stuhlberger (Airbus), Professor Udo Helmbrecht (ENISA/Bundeswehr University/Munich Aerospace), Professor Markus Rapp (German Aerospace Center), Dr Japie Engelbrecht (Stellenbosch University), Professor Suresh Menon (Georgia Institute of Technology)

  • 22 - 25 June 2016


    Munich Aerospace Summer School
    Topic: Flying Robots. Concepts and Challenges of Aerial Autonomy

    In 2016, the annually held Munich Aerospace Summer School, also marked the launch of the Global Aerospace Summits. For the first time ever, PhD students from all partner regions congregated at the Lake Ammer for a three-day scientific conference. Based on the inspirational worldwide exchange of knowledge, it set the scene for initiating a new event series – the Global Aerospace Summit.

    Speakers: Dr Johann Bals (German Aerospace Center/Munich Aerospace), Professor Matthias Gerdts (Bundeswehr University), Professor Elmar Giemulla (Technical University of Berlin), Professor Joao Tasso de Figueiredo Borges de Sousa (University of Porto), Professor Gerhard Hirzinger (German Aerospace Center), Dr Josef Mendler (Acentiss), Dr Hans Tönskötter (Acentiss), Dr Tobias Kiesling (IABG), Professor Friedrich Fraundorfer (University of Graz), Meinrad Edel (Airbus), Professor Maryam Kamgarpour (ETH Zurich), Professor Gerhard Haerendel (Max Planck Institute)