The ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research hosted the event "University Research Day - a new form of cooperation," on October 1st, 2018.  Focus was on the digitization of the aviation industry and the further development of aircraft cabins. The inviting universities were the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH), the University of Applied Sciences (HAW) Hamburg and the Helmut Schmidt University HSU.

Technological development in the aviation industry is rapid, and the aircraft cabin is also under scrutiny. In lectures and panel discussions, university representatives, manufacturers and suppliers discussed strategies, perspectives and challenges in the future production of aircraft cabins. With regard to digitization, development and trends were discussed as well as the cooperation of stakeholders in Hamburg's aviation research. The Vice Presidents for Research at the three Hamburg universities, TUHH, HAW and HSU, introduced us to the current state of aviation research and education at their respective institutions.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Timm-Giel, Vice President of Research at TUHH said: "At ZAL, we are testing and experiencing a new form of cooperation between the aeronautical industry and universities. The creative and open environment generates ideas, increases synergies and visibility and enables new and joint projects".

Based on his own professional expertise,  HAW Vice President for Research, Transfer and International Affairs, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Netzel added, "Research in the field of aviation can only remain viable in association with others and with interdisciplinary perspectives. This not only benefits Hamburg as a business location, but also, in particular, the education of all our students. "Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Lammering, Vice President for Research at HSU, adds: "I am delighted that we have succeeded in creating a networking platform for scientists in a technology sector that is so important to Hamburg."

The panel discussion, "Research under one roof - achieving co-operative research, technology transfer and innovation," highlighted the different perspectives of aviation experts and also dealt with future-related topics such as cyber-physical aviation and Industry 4.0. In this context, the ZAL TechCenter presented itself as an innovation center for aviation and offers a platform for collaboration. The event was rounded off with a technology exhibition on aviation research.