Future Lab: Experience tomorrow’s innovations and discuss the future

ILA features the latest innovations and products from hundreds of exhibitors. One particular highlight is the Future Lab, which focuses on the issues shaping our future. Organized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) together with the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), the Future Lab is a one-of-a-kind format offered at no other airshow.

The latest in R&D

Experience the technology of the future, thanks to Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The Future Lab is teeming with innovations made possible with the support of the ministry’s initiatives for aerospace research. For over twenty years, the aeronautics research program has fostered notable projects; indeed, it is truly a turbocharger for new products and helps bring them to serial production. The Future Lab focus on the following issues:


This trend seems to be everywhere. But how can we envision the factory of the future? How can technology benefit travelers? And what is the role of space in the advanced stages of digitalization?

The environment

By 2050, Europe’s aviation industry wants to reduce noise by 65 percent, CO2 emissions by 50 percent, and nitrogen oxide by 90 percent. Join discussions on these topics at the Future Lab.


Drones are revolutionizing processes in the logistics industry. With the rise of 3D printing, milling machines might become a thing of the past. And the aerospace industry is feeling increased pressure from a few new upstarts. Technologies that seemed impossible just ten years ago will shape our future. Learn more at the Future Lab.

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New ideas wanted

The Future Lab will delve into these issues and more. Up to one hundred interested visitors can participate directly, while thousands more from around the world can follow via livestream and offline video-on-demand. Join representatives from the BDLI and meet original thinkers, as well as researchers of the future and opinionated experts. If you’re a startup, take advantage of this unique opportunity to present your company.