07.09.2014 - 12.09.2014 | St. Petersburg

29th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS)

The 29th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) took place in St. Petersburg, Russia from 7–12 September 2014. “This was the first ICAS Congress held in Russia and it successfully continued the traditions of the previous great Congresses dating back to 1958”, announced ICAS President, Prof. Murray Scott of Australia’s CRC for Advanced Composite Structures.

impression from ICAS 2014 | © Evegeni Andreev, TsAGI
Impression from ICAS 2014 | © Evegeni Andreev, TsAGI

There were 867 participants from 43 countries, consisting of 573 professionals and 159 students, plus 135 accompanying persons, with a total of 559 papers published in the Congress proceedings. This event was the culmination of four years of planning by the Russian organising committee led by Mr Boris Alyoshin and Prof. Sergey Chernyshev, directors of TsAGI – the Central Aero-hydrodynamic Institute which is the leading aeronautical research organisation in Russia and formally represents Russia at ICAS.

The official opening ceremony on 8 September included speeches from Mr Vladimir Kargopoltsev, Director of the United Aircraft Corporation, and Dr Andrey Maximov, Chairman of the St Petersburg Government Committee for Science & Higher Education, as well as a special video message from the crew of the International Space Station. This was followed by the Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Lecture delivered by Prof. Sergey Chernychev, Executive Director of TsAGI, on challenges of aeronautics and new opportunities for international cooperation.

impression from ICAS 2014 | © Evegeni Andreev, TsAGI
Impression from ICAS 2014 | © Evegeni Andreev, TsAGI

Other highlights during the Congress included two award lectures: the Nikolai Zhukovsky Lecture delivered by Dr Michimasa Fujino, CEO of Honda Aircraft Company USA, on innovation in aircraft design for the HondaJet which features the unique over-the-wing engine mount configuration. The von Kármán Lecture was delivered by a team from Dassault Aviation, Alenia Aermacchi, HAI, Airbus, Ruag and Saab, reporting on nEUROn: a large scale European project on the development of an unmanned combat air vehicle.

The Congress closing ceremony included a speech from Mr Andrey Bogynsky, Director of the Russian Federation Ministry of Industry & Trade Aviation Department, as well as announcements concerning future events. Prof. Scott said, “I conclude my term as ICAS President at the end of this year, at which time Dr Christian Mari of France’s Safran Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will take over as President. Together with our 29 Member Societies and 36 Associates from 21 countries, I am confident that ICAS will go from strength to strength into the future”.

Contact

Axel Probst
International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences
icas@icas.org

Sergey Chernyshev
TSAGI
slc@tsagi.ru

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