Can innovation alone meet the challenges of aeronautics and space?

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the AAE organised an international forum on 23 November 2023 which made it possible to confront the different points of view on the future of air transport, military aeronautics and space with the aim of highlighting the challenges of innovation and bringing out the elements of reconciliation from these different points of view.

Relive this video of this day where the high-level speakers were able to express a holistic and out-of-the-box vision.


Jean-Marc BROTO, President of the University of Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier

Michel WACHENHEIM, président of Air and Space Academy

Keynote speeches

Intervention of Ilmo. Sr. D. Miguel BELLÓ MORA, Commissioner for aerospace PERTE (Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation), Director of Spanish Space Agency, Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain.

Debate on the role of technology

With Laurent CASTAIGNEDE, BCO2 Engineering and essayist on transport and Yann BARBAUX, President of Section 2, Air and Space Academy

Civil aviation

Speech by Antoine BOUVIER,Director of Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Affairs, Airbus,

Speech by Philippe COUTEAUX, Senior Vice President, Safran Group Strategy & Programs

Round table “Energy and climate challenges”. Moderated by Xavier BOUIS (President of the Energy & Environment Committee (C2E), AAE), with:

  • François ARBAULT (Director for Defence Industry, DG DEFIS, Commission européenne)
  • Jérôme du BOUCHER (Head of Aviation for Transport & Environment in France),
  • Laurent JOLY (Director of the Institute for Sustainable Aviation, ISAE-SupAero),
  • Marian-Jean MARINESCU (Member of the European Parliament, TRAN committee / AAE),
  • Prof. Dr. Markus RAPP (Director, DLR),

Roundtable “Technology Roadmaps”.Moderated by Agnès PLAGNEUX-BERTRAND (Deputy Mayor and Vice-President of Toulouse Métropole for Industry and the Productive Economy) with:

  • Jacqueline CASTLE (Chief Technology Officer, Aerospace Technologies Institute),
  • Bruno DARBOUX (President of Aerospace Valley),
  • Patrick HADOU (Senior Military Advisor EASA),
  • Nicolas JEULAND (Prospective manager “Aviation environmental impact assessment and low carbon fuels”, Safran),
  • Prof. Dr Andreas STROHMAYER (Professor at the University of Stuttgart – Institute of Aircraft Design, EASN Chairman)


Speech by Air Corps General Jean-Georges BRÉVOT, Air and Space Academy

Round table “Defence”.Moderated by Claude-France ARNOULD (Chairman of European Action Commission, AAE), with:

  • François ARBAULT (Director for Defence Industry, DG DEFIS, Commission européenne)
  • Bruno DEPARDON (Secretary of the Working Group on “Collaborative Air and Space Combat in Europe”, AAE),
  • Hervé GUILLOU (President of EXAIL, former Vice President of the General Council of Armaments and former CEO of Navalgroup)
  • Admiral Arie JAN DE WAARD (European Defence Agency),
  • General Denis MERCIER (Executive Vice President, Fives Group)


Speech by Josef ASCHBACHER, Director General, ESA

Round table “Space”.Moderated by Jean-Marc ASTORG (Director of Strategy at CNES, AAE), with:

  • Catherine KAVVADA (Director for Space Development & Innovation, European Commission/DG DEFIS),
  • Yohann LEROY (General Director, MaiaSpace/ArianeGroup),
  • Emmanuelle MÉRIC (General Director, Loft Orbital),
  • Dr Walther PELZER (Director General of the German Space Agency, DLR),
  • Magali VAISSIÈRE (President of IRT St-Exupéry, member of the France 2030 Ministerial Steering Committee on Space)


Denis RANQUE, President, French Academy of Technologies

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