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International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR)

26 August 2013

The International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) began in Moscow on August 24, 2013. This forum is the world´s only voluntary association of national aviation research establishments, with the aim of determining the main areas for developing science and technology to ensure progress in aviation construction and to meet the challenges set for the aviation sector by the state and society. Another important aspect of IFAR is the development of strategic partnerships between leading aviation countries.

This year the IFAR summit is being held in Moscow, to coincide with MAKS-2013. The summit is being organised by the Zhukovsky Central Aero-Hydrodynamic Institute, one of the founders of IFAR.

Representatives from more than 20 leading aviation centres will meet to establish global priorities for the development of aviation science and technology, and also aviation construction in general. These will include managers from NASA (USA), DLR (Germany), ONERA (France), NLR (The Netherlands), JAXA (Japan), CAE (China) and NAL (India).

One of the most important areas of IFAR activity is education and scientific exchanges. For this reason, in 2013 a conference for young scientists became an integral part of the Summit.

After IFAR a framework Declaration will be drawn up. In this document, the participants will set down their recommendations and future cooperation strategy.

A meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is planned for August 27, during a visit to MAKS-2013 by IFAR managers. It is expected that the Declaration will be signed at this meeting.

“During the summit we will receive valuable experience, because IFAR members strive to share with each other open information regarding scientific research plans and look for opportunities to cooperate and apply the results of this research,” TsAGI Executive Director and RAS Associate Member Sergey Chernyshev said.

An IFAR press conference will be held on August 28 at 15:00 in the MAKS-2013 press centre.

IFAR was set up in 2008. Currently, IFAR includes 23 organizations representing a total of about 34,000 scientists. Russia is represented in IFAR by TsAGI. Membership of IFAR is open to national aviation research organisations that are state-owned or receive part of their financing from the state. Each country is represented by only one leading organisation.

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