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Seminar - "Challenges to Aviation - a Need for Enhanced Technologies", by Dr. Dietrich Knörzer

Friday, April 28th, 2017. Time: 12h.

Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz Conference Room, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona.


Civil air transport is steadily growing world-wide despite all economic and other crises and causes a significant to the emission of greenhouse gases. Civil aircraft have improved their overall efficiency and also their environmental impact.

Therefore Europe's aviation industry and its supply chain need to prepare the future by advanced technologies and novel concepts in cooperation with research institutions. In particular greening technologies will be addressed in the field of flight physics, advanced materials, manufacturing, etc. with the long-term goal of allowing the global air transport growth without a further increase of the CO2 emissions by aviation.

The seminar lecture will address constrains for future aviation and provide an overview of activities and trends in aeronautics technology developments.


Dietrich KnörzerDr. Dietrich Knörzer is studied mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany and graduated in Aerospace Engineering.

From 1980 – 1985 he worked as research fellow at the Institute of Material Sciences of the RWTH Aachen University in mathematical modelling. He got his PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in modelling of material creep mechanics.

From 1985 – 1989 he worked for the Department of Advanced Engineering at MBB - Transport Aircraft Division (today Airbus Operations) in Hamburg/ Germany.

From 1989 – 2016 he was employed by the European Commission in Brussels / Belgium, where he worked as a Scientific Officer in aeronautics and transport within the Directorate General for Research & Innovation.

Over the years he was responsible for research activities in fluid mechanics of aeronautics and other transport vehicle, as well as for aircraft design, flight physics, advanced structures and rotorcraft technologies.

Since 2003 he was involved in international research co-operation in aeronautics, especially with the USA, Russia and China. For China he was the main contact for the aeronautics research and networks since 2005.

Dietrich Knoerzer retired from the European Commission in December 2016 and works today as an independent expert in the field of aeronautics.