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Munich Aerospace has dedicated its international network of partners from the sciences, business, the public sector and general society to form a unique platform for teaching and events related to aerospace. 

The Munich Aerospace teaching and training programme comprises


    In international coordination, the technological innovations of today can tackle the global challenges of tomorrow. In order to shape technological change in a sustainable manner, the heads of government from seven partner regions exchange ideas at the Regional Leaders' Summit (RLS) every two years.

    In this context, the scientific network RLS-Global Aerospace Campus was established in 2016: it offers researchers and specialists in the high-tech aerospace sector an international ecosystem for education, exchange and cooperation.

  • Since then, the heads of government have anchored the RLS-Global Aerospace Campus in the final declarations of their summits, e.g. in Munich in 2016:

  • Aerospace – a virtual campus

    11. In order to strengthen the specialized training of aerospace engineers, researchers and industrial experts from our regions have come together to build a new online training platform with virtual and in-person components. Training modules reflectingthe regional specializations will be generated and shared with the other regions.


    RLS-FACT BOX: The RLS partner regions are home for 177 million people representing a Gross Domestic Product of more than 3,000 billion US$. Between the partner regions, more than 600 projects have been implemented on a bilateral and multiregional level.


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    The course will soon be published on Coursera

    How can we prevent satellites from colliding? How can satellites be protected from meteorite impacts? How important are satellites in today’s age? How safe are astronauts on the ISS and why does their research help mankind in general? What happens with space debris distributed in orbit? 

    In the online course “Space Safety”, the astronaut Dr Thomas Reiter, experts from the European Space Agency (ESA) and other research institutions address the subject matter, presenting possible future scenarios for space applications. 

    Course overview:

    • Keynote Lecture – Dr. Thomas Reiter (ESA)
    • Space safety overview – Dr. Holger Krag (ESA)
    • Space weather – Dr. Juha-Pekka Luntama (ESA)
    • Space debris – Dr. Jan Siminski (ESA, Munich Aerospace Alumnus)
    • Collision avoidance – Dr. Holger Krag (ESA)
    • Planetary defense and asteroid impacts – Dr. Detlef Koschny (TUM/ESA)
    • German SSA centre/GSSAC – Johannes Gelhaus (DLR)
    • Cyber and public security – Prof. Udo Helmbrecht (UniBwM)
    • Space medicine – Prof. Alexander Choukér, Prof. Peter zu Eulenburg, Dr. Dominique Moser, Dr. Tobias Wöhrle (LMU)

    Starting in 2013, all PhD students in the Munich Aerospace research groups have benefited from a structured supplementary programme.

    As well as varied further training opportunities, this programme provides for interdisciplinary exchange with scientists of the Munich Aerospace research groups and a platform for publicly presenting their doctoral dissertation projects.


    The Graduate School for PhD students of the Munich Aerospace research network comprises a basic and a complementary programme.

    The Basic Programme is composed of the graduate programmes offered by Technical University of Munich and German Aerospace Center, i.e. the TUM Graduate School and the DLR_Graduate_Program. 

    The Supplementary Program comprises an annual retreat event and partner events offered twice a year. The retreats are multi-day events where leading scientists from the Munich Aerospace research network, external national and international lecturers and the participating PhD students present on their research results. The partner events are hosted at the four Munich Aerospace partner locations of Technical University of Munich, German Aerospace Center, Bundeswehr University Munich and Bauhaus Luftfahrt. They are aimed at connecting all partners in a network, providing an opportunity to get to know the partners' facilities.


    Students wishing to participate in the Supplementary Programme must enrol at the Munich Aerospace Administrative Office. PhD students at other co-operating chairs and institutes with connections to a Munich Aerospace key topic may participate in these events upon request.

    The graduation certificate from the Munich Aerospace Graduate School will only be issued on presentation of proof of graduation from the TUM Graduate School or the DLR_Graduate_Program as well as proof of attendance at two retreat events and at least one partner event of each of the member institutions. The doctoral degree is granted regardless of the above.


    The Global Aerospace Campus eLearning programme provides further training for students, young professionals and members of the public interested in aerospace. 

    In their online courses, the lecturers from our partner organisations Technical University of Munich, German Aerospace Center, Bundeswehr University Munich and Bauhaus Luftfahrt as well as national and international partners focus on the latest challenges and questions related to aerospace, such as digitalisation, space safety and urban air mobility.


    The "Impulse" format bundles lecture recordings by researchers and experts on current developments in aerospace. All lectures are recorded live and in front of an audience. New impulses are already being planned.




    The Global Aerospace Campus accelerates international exchange on current challenges in aeronautics and space. Our explanatory video shows how this is achieved:
  • The Global Aerospace Campus combines an international conference series, online courses for aerospace students and professionals with the opportunity for joint research collaborations and publications.

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    International Conference Series "Global Aerospace Summit" (2016/2017: Bavaria, 2018 Québec, 2019: São Paulo, 2020: Upper Austria)
    Interinstitutional eLearning Course: "Digitisation in the Aerospace Industry" (2019), International eLearning Course: "Urban Air Mobility / Mini Satellites" (in planning)
    Establishment of International Research Groups (in implementation)

    Information on international funding possibilities for Global Aerospace Campus researchers is available here:


    Scientists from the seven partner regions coordinate the international knowledge exchange: 


    Professor Klaus Drechsler

    Member of the Munich Aerospace Executive Board, Chair of Carbon Composites at Technical University of Munich

    São Paulo

    Professor William Roberto Wolf

    Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at University of Campinas 

    Upper Austria

    Professor Roland Markus Hinterhölzl

    Head of Research Group for Lightweight Construction and Composite Materials at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria 


    Professor Ning Guo

    Associate Professor, Doctoral supervisor, Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai Shandong Academy of Sciences 


    Professor Luis Rodrigues

    Member of the Montreal Aerospace Institutes, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University in Montréal

    Western Cape

    Dr Jaa (Japie) Engelbrecht

    Senior Lecturer for Aerospace Control Systems at Stellenbosch University


    Professor Dimitri Mavris

    Director of the Aerospace System Design Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology 


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    How can we keep traffic infrastructure from collapsing? Under the research movement "Urban Air Mobility", experts around the world are working on a solution to better meet logistical challenges in a sustainable way and provide insights into their issues as part of Munich Aerospace's new online course "Urban Air Mobility".

  • Especially cities will suffer from negative consequences of obsolete traffic management: According to forecasts, approximately 60 percent of human being will have their main residence in cities by 2030. Shifting urban movement from the streets to the air will extend mobility into a third dimension and eases traffic congestion in densely populated regions.

  • The new MOOC “Urban Air Mobility” in English language is initiated in a cooperation with TUM Institute for Life Long Learning and offers a free opportunity to learn more about this recent and future-oriented topic. The interactive MOOC includes ten modules, numerous interesting lessons, short videos, knowledge tests and opportunities to network.
  • Information on technical, societal and legal challenges of Urban Air Mobility is given by experts from Technical University of Munich, Georgia Institute of Technology, Concordia University, Universidade de São Paulo, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH, Bundeswehr University Munich, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, and German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

    Course overview:

    • Introduction: What is Urban Air Mobility? – Dr. Kay Plötner (Bauhaus Luftfahrt)
    • Vehicle Construction – Dr. Markus May (Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH)
    • Political Perspectives – Dr. Jan Dirks (Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport)
    • Demand Modeling for Urban Air Mobility – Prof. Laurie Garrow (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    • Aviation Management – Prof. Maximilian Moll (Bundeswehr University Munich)
    • Traffic Management for Urban Air Mobility – Dr. Bernd Korn (German Aerospace Center)
    • Urban Air Mobility and Urban Planning – Prof. Rolf Moeckel (Technical University of Munich)
    • Understanding the Acceptance of Urban Air Mobility – Prof. Constantinos Antoniou (Technical University of Munich)
    • Air Mobility Trajectory Planning – Prof. Luis Rodrigues (Concordia University Montreal)
    • Economics of Urban Air Mobility – Prof. Humberto FAJ Bettini (University of São Paulo)



    Starting in 2016, local aerospace scientists have set up annual events in their respective partner regions:

    19. - 21. September 2022

    4 th Global Aerospace Summit in Bavaria Topic: TBC

    Topic: TBC

    19. - 21. September 2022

    14. Juni 2021

    RLS-Global Aerospace Campus Online Conference on Advanced (Urban) Air Mobility

    Content: At the RLS-Global Aerospace Campus Online Event on 14 June 2021, researchers from the RLS partner regions present the status quo of "Advanced (Urban) Air Mobility" research and technology in their respective regions. The scientists shed light on the chances and challenges of sustainability, economic regulation, societal acceptance and data science for future air mobility.

    • Professor Constantinos Antoniou, Chair holder, Chair of Transportation Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich
    • Professor Humberto Bettini, Professor at the Production Engineering Department, University of São Paulo
    • Professor Laurie Garrow, Co-Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility, Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Professor Rolf Moeckel, Professor for Modeling Spatial Mobility, Technical University of Munich
    • Dr. Kay Plötner, Team Lead Economics & Transportation, Bauhaus Luftfahrt
    • Professor Luis Rodrigues, Professor for Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University Montréal                           

    Welcome address by Global Aerospace Campus Lead Scientist Professor Klaus Drechsler, Member of the Munich Aerospace Executive Board/Chair of Carbon Composites at Technical University of Munich

    15. September 2020

    RLS Sciences Network Virtual Round Table on Covid-19

    Content: As part of the RLS-Virtual Symposium on COVID-19, the Upper Austrian government convened a Virtual Roundtable on RLS-Sciences and COVID-19. The Global Aerospace Campus presented their first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on and announced their first international online course on Urban Air Mobility with contributions from scientists and experts from the partner regions.

    Conference programme (PDF)

    15. September 2020

    27. - 31. Mai 2019  

    3 rd Global Aerospace Summit in São Paulo The motto: The best from all partner regions on the subjects of aerospace-digitisation, satellites and energy

    Content: Researchers from the partner regions gathered at a scientific conference in Brazil's technology center São José dos Campos. Within the three sessions aerospace-digitisation, mini satellites and energy, researchers presented latest results from their regions.

    Speakers of the Aerospace-Digitisation session: Professor João Azevedo (CNPq), Professor Guenter W. Hein (Munich Aerospace/Bundeswehr University Munich), Dr Corné Edwin van Daalen (Stellenbosch University), Professor Kash Khorasani (Concordia University), Professor Domingos Alves Rade (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica), Professor William Roberto Wolf (University of Campinas), Professor Emilia Vilani (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica), Himilcon Carvalho (Visiona), Professor Oskar J. Haidn (Technical University of Munich), Professor Carlos de Marqui (University of São Paulo), Professor Luis Rodrigues (Montreal Aerospace Institutes/Concordia University), Professor Roberto Marcondes Cesar (University of São Paulo), Professor Jia Yuan Yu (Concordia University), Patrick Hyndman (Ministry of Economy and Innovation of Québec), Dr Markus Steindl (RISC Software)

    Conference programme (PDF)

    10. - 11. Mai 2018

    2 nd Global Aerospace Summit in Québec Topic: Aerospace Sustainable Technologies to Address Industry 4.0 Challenges

    In May 2018, the Montreal Aerospace Institutes led by ETS Montréal (École de technologie supérieure) gathered in Montréal, Québec to discuss sustainable technology developments that will be central to this “fourth industrial revolution”, also addressing the educational institutions’ possible responses to the demand for appropriate skill-sets for future aerospace engineers.

    Speakers: Professor Hany Moustapha (ETS Montréal), Professor Mirko Hornung (Bauhaus Luftfahrt/Technical University of Munuch/Munich Aerospace), Professor Horst Baier (Technical University of Munich/Munich Aerospace), Pascal Désilets (CTA), Professor Domingos A. Rade (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutical), Paul Bousquet (Siemens Energy), Professor Yaoyao Fiona Zhao (McGill University), Professor William Roberto Wolf (University of Campinas)

    Conference programme (PDF)

    10. - 11. Mai 2018

    26. - 28. Juni 2017

    1 st Global Aerospace Summit in Bavaria Topic: Green Aerospace. Towards Sustainable Aeronautics and Space Technologies

    In June 2017, scientists, industry representatives and PhD students from all partner regions congregated at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus near Munich to discuss Green Aerospace topics, an event organized by Munich Aerospace.

    Speakers: Professor Klaus Drechsler (Technical University of Munich/Munich Aerospace), Dr Frank Anton (Siemens), Professor Hany Moustapha/Professor Francois Garnier (ETS Montreal), Hans Steininger (MT Aerospace), Professor Fernando Catalano (University of Sao Paulo), Davina di Cara (European Space Agency), Professor Oskar Haidn (Technical University of Munich), Dr Fassi Kafyeke (Bombardier), Johannes Stuhlberger (Airbus), Professor Udo Helmbrecht (ENISA/Bundeswehr University/Munich Aerospace), Professor Markus Rapp (German Aerospace Center), Dr Japie Engelbrecht (Stellenbosch University), Professor Suresh Menon (Georgia Institute of Technology)

    Conference programme (PDF)

    22. - 25. Juni 2016

    Munich Aerospace Summer School Topic: Flying Robots. Concepts and Challenges of Aerial Autonomy

    In 2016, the annually held Munich Aerospace Summer School, also marked the launch of the Global Aerospace Summits. For the first time ever, PhD students from all partner regions congregated at the Lake Ammer for a three-day scientific conference. Based on the inspirational worldwide exchange of knowledge, it set the scene for initiating a new event series – the Global Aerospace Summit.

    Speakers: Dr Johann Bals (German Aerospace Center/Munich Aerospace), Professor Matthias Gerdts (Bundeswehr University), Professor Elmar Giemulla (Technical University of Berlin), Professor Joao Tasso de Figueiredo Borges de Sousa (University of Porto), Professor Gerhard Hirzinger (German Aerospace Center), Dr Josef Mendler (Acentiss), Dr Hans Tönskötter (Acentiss), Dr Tobias Kiesling (IABG), Professor Friedrich Fraundorfer (University of Graz), Meinrad Edel (Airbus), Professor Maryam Kamgarpour (ETH Zurich), Professor Gerhard Haerendel (Max Planck Institute)

    Conference programme (PDF)

    22. - 25. Juni 2016


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    Digitalisation is changing our society and the working world, creating new processes and radically altering existing workflows, affecting aerospace in particular, and rendering novel developments impossible without digitalisation. The three-part eLearning programme “Digitalisation in Aeronautics and Space” concentrates on analysing current developments, providing an outlook on future transformations in the various disciplines. 

    Experts from the sciences, industry and government bodies, such as the Bavarian State Minister for Digitalisation Judith Gerlach, deal for instance with artificial intelligence in Earth observation, robotics in production, aeroplane design and digital avionics networks.

    Course overview: 

    • Digitalisation in Production – Prof. Klaus Drechsler/Prof. Gunther Reinhart (Technical University of Munich)
    • Digitisation in Earth Observation – Prof. Volker Liebig (Airbus/University of Stuttgart) and Prof. Xiaoxiang Zhu (German Aerospace Center/Technical University of Munich)
    • Space and Digitalisation – Prof. Roger Förstner (Bundeswehr University Munich)
    • Human Factors 4.0: Requirements and Challenges for People, Teams and Organisations – Prof. Harald Schaub (IABG/University of Bamberg)
    • Managing Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul for Civil Aircraft – Prof. Josef Mendler (IABG)
    • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for Efficient and Flexible Air Navigation – Prof. Thomas Pany (Bundeswehr University Munich)
    • Collaborative Aircraft Design – Prof. Mirko Hornung (Technical University of Munich)
    • Modelling and Simulation of Aerospace Systems with Modelica – Dr. Dirk Zimmer (German Aerospace Center)
    • Digital Avionics Networks – Prof. Peter Stütz (Bundeswehr University Munich)
    • Digital Models and their Compression in Structure Control Interaction Problems – Prof. Horst Baier (Technical University of Munich)

    Since the launch of the Global Aerospace Campus in 2016, various organisations have contributed:



    Munich Aerospace PhD scholarships allow talented young scientists to focus exclusively on the research work at hand and a timely doctoral degree. The respective research topics are proposed and publicly advertised by the Munich Aerospace Research Groups. Being part of an Accredited Research Group and attending the Association’s Graduate School allows scholarship recipients to expand their subject-specific and interdisciplinary network.

    On average there are three supervisors attending them: a doctoral advisor, the head of the respective Research Group and the Munich Aerospace Administrative Office. 

    The scholarship amount is 1,575 euros per month (tax-free as per Sec. 3 no. 44 German Income Tax Act, EStG) granted for a minimum of 12 months and limited to a maximum of 3 years.

    Application prerequisites

    The scholarships are intended for university graduates who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in aeronautics at the Technical University of Munich or the University of the German Armed Forces Munich. The following application prerequisites apply:

    • A degree in a subject related to aerospace with a final grade of "good" or better;
    • fulfilling the prerequisites for admission to a PhD programme at the TUM or the UniBwM;
    • no more than three years must have elapsed between the date on the university degree certificate and the application for scholarship.

    Please apply only for scholarships advertised on our website or our LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook accounts.

    Application documents

    • Cover letter referring to the chosen subject,
    • CV,
    • two recent letters of reference,
    • certified copies of relevant academic degree certificates.

    Please send your complete application to "stipendium [at]", mentioning the name of the published contact person.

    The Munich Aerospace Executive Board is responsible for awarding the scholarship. Detailed prerequisites for the Munich Aerospace scholarship grants are published in its Guidelines on granting scholarships (PDF). 


    Munich Aerospace has helped considerably in removing teaching-related barriers between the Munich-based partner universities: aerospace students of the Technical University of Munich and the Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBwM) thus enjoy access to teaching events offered by the respective partner university for credit in their own master's degree programme.

    The modules recognized by both partner universities are listed below.

    Please get in touch with the appropriate points of contact at UniBwM or TUM for further information on enrolling in the courses of the teaching co-operation and recognition of credits.

    For UniBwM:

    Dr. Tom Andert

    Institute for Space Travel Technology

    +49 89 6004 3598

    tom.andert [at]

    For TUM:

    Tugba Akman, M.Sc.

    Institute of Flight System Dynamics

    +49 89 289 16056

    tugba.akman [at]


    Munich Aerospace acknowledges a select series of lectures by the institution members. These are:

    • Forum Munich Aerospace of the TUM Institute of Flight System Dynamics
    • Launcher Propulsion of the TUM Chair of Turbomachinery and Flight Propulsion
    • Satellite Navigation colloquium of the TUM Chair of Communication and Navigation
    • Aeronautical Engineering colloquium of the Bundeswehr University Aeronautical Engineering study programme
    • Scientific Colloquium of the German Aerospace Center

    For the current events schedule please refer to the News section or to our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts.