University of Nottingham is first in the UK to become associated member of flagship European aerospace programme

Posted on 11 Jan 2024 by The Manufacturer

Led by the Institute for Aerospace Technology, the University of Nottingham is celebrating being announced as the first UK university to become an Associated Member of the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking (CAJU) – the EU’s leading research and innovation programme for making the aviation industry ready for a sustainable future.

The announcement comes just one year after the university received initial funding of ten million pounds to fund its research into the future of aviation.

As one of just 20 new Associated Members to join across Europe, the university will engage with the Clean Aviation programme on a long-term basis and, together with the European Commission and other CAJU private members, lead the way towards climate-neutral aviation.

Professor Pat Wheeler, Director of Clean Aviation Programmes at the University of Nottingham, said: “This is excellent news for the University of Nottingham, as it will enable us to continue our ambition to turn research and reality and achieve net zero aviation.

“We have generated an amazing amount of impact in the aviation industry, as a result of ongoing involvement in the Clean Sky JTI programmes, and we look forward to continuing our work towards net zero in air travel with the Clean Aviation programme and our new status in this exciting endeavour.”

Being an Associated Member provides the university with a seat on the Technical Committee, allowing it to provide expertise and guidance on future funding and roadmaps for the ongoing Clean Aviation programme.

Axel Krein, Executive Director at the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking, said: “I warmly welcome the University of Nottingham as a new Associated Member. The university’s broad aerospace expertise and excellent test facilities position it to translate innovative ideas into practical applications, thereby enhancing our collective efforts to effectively deliver Clean Aviation’s sustainable aviation objectives.”

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