As leaders are called to attend the United Nations' September 2019 Climate Summit, they will again be challenged to address the issues our actions place on climate change, air quality and biodiversity, putting the impact of aviation under scrutiny.

In May 2019 the European Aviation Environmental Report stated that while aviation had produced economic benefits, stimulated innovation and improved connectivity, the current trends are not compatible with protecting the environment, climate and poeple's health.

The Aerospace and Aviation industry has set aggressive targets for improvement and invested billions of pounds in new technologies to meet noise and emission goals. These improvements are often offset by the growth in the sector. The UK Government consultation on Aviation 2050 identifies the importance of developing a partnership for sustainable growth which meets rising passenger demand, balanced with action to reduce environmental and community impacts.

Cranfield University has at the heart of its mission a strong aviation, aerospace and environmental research capability. We offer unique facilities through Cranfield's global research airport and the Cranfield Living Lab campus, making us uniquely placed to hold the Aviation and the Environment Conference.

This conference will cover:

  • key current research activities in the global aviation and aerospace sector and the environmental science agenda,
  • workshop discussions to explore challenges and identify shared actions for change,
  • aerospace vehicle design and technology,
  • sustainable aviation fuels,
  • alternative propulsion concepts including aircraft electrification, air traffic management , airport management.

Event Programme

09:30 Arrival, registration and refreshments
10:00 Welcome from Professor Sir Peter Gregson - Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University
10:10 Address from Nadhim Zahawi MP - Minister for Business and Industry
10:25 Industry Keynote
Dave Smith, Director of Central Technology, Rolls-Royce
Airbus Speaker TBC
10:40 Environmental challenges for the aviation industry - speaker to be confirmed
10:55 Q&A
11:15 Refreshment break
11:30 Responses I: Demand Management
Chaired by Professor Graham Braithwaite - Director Transport Systems, Cranfield University
1. Improved Air Traffic Management - speaker to be confirmed
2. Improved Load Factors - speaker to be confirmed
3. Discussion
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Responses II: Local Environment
Chaired by Professor Neil Harris - Professor of Atmospheric Informatics Centre for Environment and Agricultural Informatics
1. Air quality - speaker to be confirmed
2. Noise - speaker to be confirmed
3. Energy, Water and Waste - speaker to be confirmed
15:00 Refreshment break
15:20 Responses III: Air Vehicle Efficiency
Chaired by Professor Iain Gray - Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University
1. An ATI overview on aviation sustainability - Dr. Cristina Garcia Duffy, Head of Technology -Strategy & Integration, Aerospace Technology Institute
2. Next Generation Fuel Efficient Aircraft - Russ Dunn - CTO and Head of Strategy/Paul Perera - VP Technology, GKN Aerospace
3. Engine Design - speaker to be confirmed
4. Discussion
16:40 Keynote - speaker to be confirmed
17:00 Conference day 1 close
Professor Leon Terry - Director of Environment and Agrifood and Professor of Plant Science, Cranfield University
18:00 Dinner at Woburn Safari Lodge (coaches will be provided to and from Cranfield University)

Location and travel details

Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)
For further travel details please visit our location page.

Who should attend

Please note this is a private event - attendance by invitation only

How to register

Please note this is an invite only conference. Please email to request an invitation and you will then be sent a link to register.