About The Conference

The ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research will be holding its inaugural conference at the ZAL TechCenter.


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.

In the world’s most recent and advanced aviation research center, we will provide you with two days full of thrilling presentations, interactive workshops and guided tours as well as lots of space for breakout sessions, networking and an evening event for even more inspiring exchange. We address an international audience across industries and support a mutual benefit concerning the exchange of innovating concepts. The 2-day-event will be moderated by Maryann Simson, APEX Media Director.


Dr. Susan Ying – CIO at COMAC, President ICAS

Innovation in Aeronautics: The Art of the Possible

Dr. Anton Frank – EVP eAircraft, Siemens

Hybrid-electric Aircraft: Research Strategies at Siemens

Fassi Kafeyke – Senior Director Strategic Technology and Innovation, Bombardier

Bombardier Technologies and Partnering Strategies for Business and Commercial Aviation

Lars Thomsen – Founder and Chief Futurist, Future Matters

520 Weeks Into The Future: Trends and Tipping Points in Mobility and Work until 2028


There are workshops offered parallel to the presentations in the Auditorium. A registration is recommended as the number of participants is limited. Early registration can be made in advance (Contact Page) or at the information desk upon arrival.


Our guided tours through ZAL TechCenter reveal insight into one of the world’s most advanced research centers of civil aviation. Guides explain to you the concept of ZAL and how the new research center boosts innovation in the aviation industry. You will pay visit to our hangars, laboratories and some of our research infrastructures such as the:

  • Acoustics Lab (one of the largest acoustic chambers in Europe) – read more
  • Virtual Reality Lab – read more
  • Fuel Cell Lab – read more

Registration can be made at the information desk or via the contact form.



Join the evening dinner in the unique atmosphere of an old Kaispeicher warehouse next to the Elbe River. Enjoy a delicious buffet and drinks while talking to conference speakers and peers. Transportation to the venue is offered to all participants and will be arranged for after the conference. The same applies for transportation back to the hotel.

Altonaer Kaispeicher, Große Elbstraße 279, 22767 Hamburg, Germany
November 21, 2017 – 7 pm

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