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IRT Saint Exupéry at ESOF 2018, largest inter-disciplinary forum on science and innovation in Europe

IRT Saint Exupéry is proud to have been part of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2018 that took place in Toulouse from 9th to 14th july.

Created in 2004 by EuroScience, this European forum gathers over 4000 researchers, educators, business actors and journalists all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science. Following Stockholm in 2004, Munich in 2006, Barcelona in 2008, Turin in 2010, Dublin in 2012, Copenhagen in 2014 and Manchester in 2016, the city of Toulouse has been chosen to host for the first time in France this unique European event. Hosting of ESOF brings to Toulouse the designation of “European City of Science”.

At the occasion of the Opening Ceremony, IRT Saint Exupéry opened it booth to the attendees. A convivial moment where Gilbert Casamatta as the opportunity to discuss with Cédric Villani, mathematician and deputy of Essone, as well as coordinator of the French Government special mission “AI for humanity”.

On its booth IRT presented all its activities as well as video on its main technological platforms.

Round tables : the Electrical Aircraft at the centre of discussions

As the electrical aircraft is one of the main challenges of tomorrow, IRT Saint Exupéry, who’s working hard of the subject, organized a round table in the frame of ESOF.

Leaded by Régine Sutra-Orus, Head of More Electrical Aircraft domain, and Bernardo Cougo, Power Electronics Expert, discussions on “More Electric aircrafts enabled by power electronics revolution using disruptive semiconductor technology” was shared with Yannick Assouad, Chief Executive Officer of the Latécoère Group and Dushan Boroyevich, University Distinguished Professor at the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and director of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES).

You can read articles about this round table on La Tribune, Toulouse.

On the same topic, Ariel Sirat, CEO of IRT Saint Exupéry was invited to participate to the round table “When will transport aircraft fly all-electric ?”, submitted by Florent Christophe, honorary adviser at ONERA.

Speakers : Robert Lafontan – Airbus Group, Patrice Simon – University Paul Sabatier , Askin Isikveren – SAFRAN, Phillipe Novelli – ONERA and Ariel Sirat – IRT Saint Exupéry.

Abstract : “More electrical aircraft received substantial funding in the past decade for simplifying the ancillary power chains in commercial aircraft and results in reducing maintenance costs and fuel consumption for present generation. Hybrid or even full electric propulsion is now receiving much attention from research centers as well as airframers and equipment manufacturers and should be a major breakthrough towards green aviation, but the constraints which are currently solved for automotive are still very challenging for aeronautics. Confrontation of points of view from European researchers and industrials on technical bottlenecks and roadmaps associated to hybrid and full electric propulsion should clarify the perspective.”