European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research Feb. 25, 2018, 18:51


Great success of the ICARE 2017 conference !

ICARE Conference, 10 - 13 July 2017 - Pictures 1st part

ICARE Conference, 10 - 13 July 2017 - Pictures 2nd part


The 2nd International Conference on Airborne Research for the Environment (ICARE 2017) was held at DLR - the German Aerospace Research Center, in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich (Germany), from 10 to 13 July 2017. The conference was organised in collaboration with the airborne research community in the USA, including both NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Mainly funded by EUFAR (under the EC's FP7 Framework Programme), the conference also received significant in-kind contributions from DLR. The European Space Agency (ESA) provided funding to support the attendance of a number of early-career scientists.

"Developing the infrastructure to meet future scientific challenges" was the theme of this 4-day event. More than 175 leading participants across Europe, the United States and beyond, including expert scientists, aircraft operators and instrument developers have made this event a great opportunity to exchange expertise and experience and review the scientific issues for future airborne measurements.

EUFAR takes the opportunity to greatly thank the invited speakers for their contributions:

Stephen  Arnold University of Leeds
Eyal  Ben Dor University of Tel Aviv
Sabine  Chabrillat GFZ
Martin  Chamberland Telops
Gao  Chen NASA
Nicholas  Coops University of British Columbia
Jose A. M.  Demattê University of São Paulo
Thorsten  Fehr ESA
Matt  Fladeland NASA
Claudia  Giardino IREA – CNR
Vanda  Grubisic NCAR
Zbyněk  Malenovský CzechGlobe
Hal  Maring NASA
Greg  McFarquhar University of Illinois
Hans  Schlager DLR
Thomas  Schmid CIEMAT
Sebastian  Schmidt University of Colorado
Ulrich  Schumann DLR
Greg  Stossmeister NCAR
Ruben  Van De Kerchove VITO


There were plenary and parallel sessions covering four principal subject areas:

  • Science drivers for future airborne science missions
  • Organisation of future field campaigns
  • Developing future airborne science capabilities and platforms
  • New developments in instrumentation and data

The program included a total of 20 invited and 41 contributed presentations with a further 25 posters presented during a dedicated session.


Benefiting from the welcome sunny weather conditions, a tour organised by DLR enabled the participants and press to visit several European research aircraft that were brought to the event by their operators. Attendees were able to view both outside and inside of the aircraft:

2 Excel Aviation Piper Aircraft PA-31 Navajo  
CzechGlobe Cessna Aircraft Company C-208B Grand Caravan  
DLR Cessna Aircraft Company C-208B Grand Caravan  
DLR Dassault Mystere / Falcon 20 E-5  
DLR Dornier Flugzeugwerke Do 228-212  
DLR Gulfstream G550 "HALO"  
FAAM BAE Systems BAe 146-301  
Grob Aircraft Grob Aircraft G520T Egrett  
INTA Construcciones Aeronauticas S.A. C-212-200  
KIT Ultraleichtflug Schmidtler Enduro  
MetAir Diamond Aircraft HK36 TTC ECO Dimona  


ICARE 2017 conference was a great success thanks to the wide participation within and beyond Europe, high level of airborne research expertise, good weather for the aircraft exhibition and impeccable service rendered by DLR, the hosting organisation. We are looking forward to bringing together again key players in the airborne research community.

Thank you very much for your participation and see you all in a future 3rd edition of ICARE !



Press materials:

ICARE 2017 press invitation

ICARE 2017 press release

Press coverage:

Click here to access the original online article



Other downloads: 

ICARE 2017 flyer

ICARE 2017 program

ICARE 2017 poster list

ICARE 2017 DLR map


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Originally published on Aug. 1, 2017
Last update on Oct. 13, 2017

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