ZAL Innovation Days 2019

27th and 28th February 2019 - Conference will start in

Focus 2019: Robotics & Advanced Automation


Platforms like ARENA 2036, NCC or ZAL TechCenter play a pioneering role when it comes to goals like accelerating growth of industrial output and innovation through a new way of collaboration. Take a look behind the scenes!


How long until alternative propulsion and autonomous mobility become technologically normalized and socially accepted? Visions and initial practical experience are shared and to be discussed.


Work environments have a pervasive impact not only on professional performance but on our life and ambition. Learn more about the “non-office of the future” and “core drivers” of solutions strategies.


Against the background of international requirements – let’s talk about the technological roadmaps and goals of multinational players of the aviation industry.

Future. Shared in Hamburg.

ZAL establishes a new way of working together in aeronautical research, cementing Hamburg’s role as an international innovation hub. I am delighted to invite you to our first ZAL INNOVATION DAYS event. Our agenda’s topics being a mirror of what is relevant for successful research and innovation. We provide two days full of thrilling keynotes, interactive workshops, guided tours and lots of networking opportunities. Though it is the speakers I am most proud to present, it is because of them we are going to have a great event.


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Our Moderator: Maryann Simson

Maryann Simson has been active in the PaxEx media world for nearly a decade. A 2007 graduate of the acclaimed Humber College’s Print and Broadcast Journalism programme (Ontario, Canada), she immediately turned focus to aviation and the passenger experience as Creative Editor and then Managing Editor at PAX International Magazine. In 2012, Maryann oversaw the update and conversion of 225+ page coffee table book Jetliner Cabins into complex and interactive app. At this time she also began helping companies in aviation create and distribute engaging PR content (Jetway Communications) in addition to writing regular features for Aircraft Interiors International and the APEX Association’s experience magazine – the latter under then-Editor, Mary Kirby. Continuing to work with Kirby, Maryann became one of the original Runway Girl Network contributors as the popular aviation news site went live in January 2014. She soon shifted away from editorial content and focussed on growing RGN as Director of Commercial partnerships until 2017. In April 2017, Maryann joined Spafax in London as Director of APEX Media.