ILA Future Lab // Hall 2 / Booth 203

How will we fly in the future? How can we make aircraft greener? What is the Next Big Thing that will disrupt the aerospace sector? 
The ILA Future Lab was launched to provide a first look at the aerospace technologies that have the potential to change our world, how we travel and how we do business. Hosted by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the ILA Future Lab EXHIBITION features cutting-edge research. Visitors can also join the dynamic talks at the ILA Future Lab FORUM, where aerospace leaders and the world’s top experts on aerospace innovation will delve into the industry’s most urgent – and fascinating — issues. The forum is hosted by the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), supported by STARBURST, featuring startups and their pitches, talks, industry insights, panel discussions, even science slams. Innovators welcome! Visitors are invited to join the dialogue in person or follow via livestream.

Open April, 25-29 2018, from 10am to 6pm

Rainer Winkler, member of the BDLI board of directors

Interested in cutting-edge aerospace? Join us at the ILA Future Lab!

Rainer Winkler, member of the BDLI board of directors

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Daily wrap up


stored session videos will appear here during ILA


stored daily wrap up videos will appear here during ILA


Forum - Program

Hall 2 / Booth 203

Wednesday, 25. April 2018
Event Category Date // Time
Welcome and Opening of ILA Future Lab
  • BDLI German Aerospace Industries Association
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
General 25.04.18 // 10:15 - 10:30
Setting the Scene for European Aviation Research – the Global Dimension
  • Chaired by
    Mrs Clara de la TORRE, Director for Transport, European Commission, Directorate-General Research and Innovation
  • invited: Jean-Brice Dumont, chairman of the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe (ACARE);
    Flightpath 2050 and the new SRIA: The Need for International Cooperation to achieve European Goals
  • Round-table "Why do we need international cooperation?"
    • Mrs Shi Jingmin, Deputy Counsellor to the Department of Equipment Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Republic of China
    • Mr Alain Aubertin, Vice President of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC)
    • Mr Sergey Chernyshev, Director General of TsAGI, Federation of Russia
  • Conclusions by
    Sebastiano FUMERO, Head of Aviation Unit, European Commission, Directorate-General Research and Innovation
General 25.04.18 // 10:30 - 11:30
Digitalization in Aerospace
  • Keynote by Dr. Peter Weckesser, Digital Transformation Officer, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Host: Götz Anspach von Broecker, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Industry Panel including
    AIRBUS, Lufthansa Technik, Premium Aerotec, Rolls-Royce
Digitalization 25.04.18 // 11:30 - 12:50
Cabin of the Future
  • Host: AIRBUS
  • Panel: TBD
Digitalization 25.04.18 // 12:50 - 13:50
Startups in Aerospace: AIRBUS BizLab
  • Host: AIRBUS BizLab
  • Pitching of BizLab Startups


Startups 25.04.18 // 13:50 - 15:20
IDL-Preisverleihung Innovationspreis der Deutschen Luftfahrt (German Award Ceremony)

About IDL award ceremony: IDL connects and presents newest trends and developments in the German aviation industry and builds bridges to other branches, e.g. IT. IDL is a networking platform bringing together innovators, start-ups, companies, politics and research institutes. During the award ceremony 12 finalists will be presented and winners of each category will be honoured.

  • Award Categories
    • Customer Journey
    • Cross Innovation
    • Digitization
    • Reduction of Emissions
  • Speakers and Laudators
    • Federal Minstry of Economic Affairs and Energy, tbd
    • Prof. Rolf Henke, Member of the Executive Board German Aerospace Center (DLR), IDL jury chairman
    • Dr. Klaus Richter, Chief Procurement Officer, Airbus Commercial Aircraft
    • Klaus-Peter Willsch, Member of the Bundestag
    • Matthias von Randow, German Aviation Association (BDL)
  • more speakers will be announced soon
General 25.04.18 // 16:00 - 18:00
Thursday, 26. April 2018
Event Category Date // Time
Sustainable Aviation Fuels
  • Bauhaus Luftfahrt
  • AIREG Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany
Eco-Efficiency 26.04.18 // 10:15 - 11:15
Hybrid-Electric Flight
  • Host: Prof. Rolf Henke, DLR Executive Board Member responsible for Aeronautics
  • Industry Panel
Disruption 26.04.18 // 11:15 - 12:15
The Future of Urban Air Mobility
  • Host: Dr. Andreas Thellmann, AIRBUS Helicopters,
    Economics of new VTOL’s and Urban Air Mobility
  • CityAirbus - Self-piloted urban air taxi
    Dr. Marius Bebesel, AIRBUS Helicopters, Head of CityAirbus Program
  • VOLOCOPTER - Autonomous, on-demand shared mobility
    Jan-Hendrik Boelens, VOLOCOPTER, Chief Technology Officer
  • RACER - A New High-Speed Helicopter
    Johannes Plaum, AIRBUS Helicopters, Head of Vehicle and Material
Disruption 26.04.18 // 12:15 - 13:15
Fuel for Innovation - ESA BIC Startups in Aerospace
  • Host: ESA Space Solutions
  • Pitching of ESA BIC Startups
Startups 26.04.18 // 13:15 - 14:45
The Future of Turbofans

Over the history of commercial aviation, tremendous progress has been made in improving efficiency and reliability of aero-engines. And although it is recognized that this trend is nearing the asymptote, it is also agreed that probably another 10-15% fuel-burn efficiency could be achieved before the “classical” turbofan architecture will have exhausted all of its potential. This panel will provide the views of the major European and Academia on how to get there, before we actually move to other radical architectures.

  • Host: Jean-Francois Brouckaert, CleanSky JU, Project Officer CLEANSKY Engines ITD
  • Round Table:
    • Dr. Stefan Weber, MTU Aero Engines AG, SVP Technology & Engineering Advanced Programs
    • Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce, Chief Technology Officer
    • Stéphane Cueille, SAFRAN, SEVP & Chief Technology Officer, (President of CORAC)
    • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Mönig, DLR, Director of Institute of Propulsion Technology
Eco-Efficiency 26.04.18 // 15:30 - 16:30
Let’s talk about DRONES


  • Host: Christof Fischoeder, DroneMasters, Partner
  • Industry Panel
    • Airbus Aerial - Dr. Sahil Suri, Business Development - Commercial UAS / Digital Services
    • Pix4D - Henrik Battke, Regional Managing Director
    • Vans & Drones - Dr. Steven Kasih, Head of Autonomous Delivery @ Future Transportation, Daimler AG
    • Hensoldt Ventures, Marian Rachow
Disruption 26.04.18 // 16:30 - 17:30
Friday, 27. April 2018
Event Category Date // Time
Leveraging the Aerospace Startup Ecosystem

Key Note: Leveraging the Aerospace Startup Ecosystem, Dr. Christian Suttner Starburst Co-founder and Managing Partner

Startups 27.04.18 // 10:15 - 10:30
Starburst selection committee

Come to discover, accelerate and celebrate groundbreaking technologies in aerospace and the business behind them as 7 Starburst startups will pitch during this slot on the Future Lab to apply for the Starburst acceleration program.

Startups 27.04.18 // 10:30 - 11:45
Berlin - Startup Capital of Europe
  • Host: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
  • invited: Key-Note by State Secretary Christian Rickerts, Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises
  • Pitches by Berlin-based Startups
Startups 27.04.18 // 11:45 - 12:30
LuFo Success Stories
  • Host: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Industry Panel: Success Stories of Industrial Applications benefiting from R&D supported projects in Germany
General 27.04.18 // 12:30 - 14:00
3D Printing in Aerospace
  • Host: Peter Sander, AIRBUS, Emerging Technologies & Concepts
  • Industry Panel including Liebherr-Aerospace, MTU Aero Engines; Premium Aerotec
Disruption 27.04.18 // 14:00 - 15:00
Connected Systems in Aerospace
  • Host: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
  • Industry Panel
Digitalization 27.04.18 // 14:45 - 16:45
Saturday, 28. April 2018
Event Category Date // Time
Materials matter: Thermoplastics in Aeronautics
  • Presentation by Dr. Angelos Miaris, Premium Aerotec
Disruption 28.04.18 // 10:35 - 10:50
Raumfahrt für die Welt von Morgen
  • Gastgeber und Moderation: DLR Raumfahrtmanagement
  • Präsentation von Raumfahrt-Themen mit direktem Nutzen für das Leben auf der Erde
General 28.04.18 // 11:00 - 12:00
Der Werkstoff macht den Unterschied: Thermoplaste in der Luftfahrt
  • Präsentation von Dr. Angelos Miaris, Premium Aerotec
Disruption 28.04.18 // 13:00 - 13:20
Welt der Drohnen
  • Gastgeber und Moderation: DRONEMASTERS
  • Präsentation und Diskussion von Themen aus kommerzieller und nicht-kommerzieller Drohnenanwendung
Disruption 28.04.18 // 14:00 - 15:00
People in Aerospace
  • Interviews mit inspirierenden Persönlichkeiten zu spannenden Projekten und Themen aus der Luft- und Raumfahrt
General 28.04.18 // 15:00 - 16:00
Sunday, 29. April 2018
Event Category Date // Time
ILA Science Slam
  • Science Slam vereint Kunst und Wissenschaft - mitreißend, verständlich und erlebbar. Wissenschaftler werden zu Stars und Präsentationen zu aufregenden Events.
  • ILA Future Lab FORUM präsentiert 4 Slammer aus der Luft- und Raumfahrt
General 29.04.18 // 15:00 - 16:00
BMWi ILA Future Lab
BMWi ILA Future Lab

Hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Future Lab Exhibition features cutting-edge technologies in space and aviation. The exhibits are taken from research projects co-funded by the BMWi that showcase the strength and competitiveness of the German Aerospace sector in four distinct areas of innovation:


The megatrend of digitalization in industry has also reached the aerospace sector. Innovative digital solutions enable us to take new approaches – from virtual development to predictive maintenance and optimised use of airspace. The Ministry’s LuFo aviation research programme is helping to shape the future of digital aviation and Industry 4.0. 


The strong innovative capabilities of Germany’s aviation industry ensure that it remains internationally competitive. But beyond this, new, innovative ideas and disruptive business models are key to safeguarding its technological lead and to creating value added and good job opportunities for the future. 


Sustainability is a crucial issue for the future of society and industry. We need green innovation if we are to cope with future growth in traffic whilst also preserving natural resources. Eco-efficiency is thus a key focus of the Ministry’s funding programmes and represents a vital investment in the mobility of the future.


Space technologies allow to identify and to document changes in the land surface, oceans and atmosphere on a continuous basis – for example through the German-French cooperation MERLIN. Satellites provide vital services for our economy and society. Protecting them from risks like space debris is a goal the experimental space surveillance radar GESTRA. Digitalization, automation, commercialization and miniaturization are transforming space activities. Recent trends like 3D printing of parts and rising data transfer rates enable new business models in space (the new space economy). All of this is summarized in the Ministry’s strategic motto “Space for Earth”.

Industry Partners

Aircraft Phillip
Aircraft Phillip
Diehl Aerosystems
Diehl Aerosystems
Liebherr Aerospace Lindenberg
Liebherr Aerospace Lindenberg
Lufthansa Technik
Lufthansa Technik
MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines
Otto Fuchs
Otto Fuchs
Recaro Aircraft seating
Recaro Aircraft seating
Rolls-Royce Deutschland
Rolls-Royce Deutschland

Institutional Partners

Airbus BizLab
Airbus BizLab
Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Berlin Partner
Berlin Partner
Clean Sky
Clean Sky
ESA Space solutions
ESA Space solutions
European Commisssion
European Commisssion
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
Hall 2, booth 23, ILA Future Lab Forum
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