Circular Economy meets Aviation

Circular Economy meets Aviation

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ZAL Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung

Hein-Sass-Weg 22

21129 Hamburg


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Finding synergies across industry boundaries in a world café format

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On June 28, you´re invited to the next x meets Aviation event by ZAL GmbH, in cooperation with Dassault Systèmes and Drees & Sommer. Starting with three keynotes, we will focus on the Circular Economy (CE), leading to an increased environmental, social, and economic performance.

One element of CE to tackle global and environmental challenges is designing reusable products. We will have a focal point with the "Cradle to Cradle" (C2C) principle: an approach to an end-to-end, consistent Circular Economy. With the goal of aircraft designed and manufactured to be recyclable, we will closely look into materials used in aviation in a holistic view of the complete design and production process. Digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things, big data, and data analytics are considered essential enablers of the CE. Another aspect we would like to address is how an industrial system such as aviation (which uses digital technologies along the product lifecycle phases) can implement circular strategies.

After the lectures, the day will progress with an introduction of the other participants and a shared lunch. Following that, we will dive into a workshop in a World Café format where you’ll benefit from an interdisciplinary exchange with the other participants, focusing on the benefits and challenges that come with the transition to a circular economy.


10:00 – Registration & Opening

10:30 – Lecture program

  • Jan Christoph von der Lancken, EPEA / Drees & Sommer: „Cradle to Cradle – The „how to” of a transition into circular economy”
  • Christian-André Keun, Comprisetec: “Global Challenges of Composites: Sustainable circular design and production in aircraft industry”
  • Jos Voskuil, Dassault Systèmes: “Why Aviation needs to become data-driven to meet circular economy goals”

12:00 – Get to know the other participants

12:20 – Lunch Break

13:00 – Workshop in a "World Café" format

14:30 – Ideation

16:00 – Open Get Together

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