The 4th Cranfield Aerospace Research Student Conference (CARSC20) is Cranfield Aerospace's annual opportunity to showcase the current research activity within the theme’s research student cohort. It is an important part of the Cranfield Doctoral Network's aerospace activities that contributes to our research environment. The event is open to all in the Aerospace theme: academics and other staff, research students and master's students. If you are not in one of these categories but are interested in joining, please contact Professor Dave Cullen.

This year the event will take place online for the first time via Zoom on Tuesday 27 October. The majority of presentations result from nominations by the Heads of Centre within the Aerospace theme, plus a number of volunteer presenters.

The current draft event programme can be downloaded as a PDF.

In addition to the student presentations, we have three industry-leading plenary speakers to give us a forward-looking view of various aspects of the aerospace sector.

Professor Pericles Pilidis, Head of the Power and Propulsion department, Cranfield University, will share his vision of the future and challenges of aircraft propulsion.

George Nicola, recently appointed to the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult and formerly of OneWeb and Inmarsat, will give his take on how emerging satellite-based communications will revolutionise aircraft operations and management.

Jean-Francois Brouckaert, Chief Scientific Officer for CLEAN SKY, will explore emerging approaches that will offer significantly quieter and more environmentally-friendly aircraft.

There will also be a plenary discussion panel session to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the future of the aerospace sector. The panel will include Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University, Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Director of Research for Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, and Professor Pericles Pilidis, Head of the Power and Propulsion department at Cranfield University. Further panellists are to be announced.



Student presentations will be 8 minutes long with 2 minutes for questions. Questions will be asked by the chair or via the Zoom chat by audience members. Presenters will share their screens with presentation slides.

Who should attend

Cranfield research students, masters students, academics and others involved or interested in aerospace-related research.


This event is free to join.

How to register