International Workshop on Aviation and Climate Change

The primary focus of this workshop is on technological and scientific issues. Our goal is to bring together some of the world’s leading experts in this area in order to exchange ideas, establish research priorities, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.

The primary subject areas of relevance to the workshop are:

  1. Aircraft design
  2. Engine design
  3. Alternative fuels
  4. Atmospheric science

Link to the 1st UTIAS-MITACS International Workshop on Aviation and Climate Change

Link to the 2nd UTIAS-MITACS International Workshop on Aviation and Climate Change

Link to the 3rd UTIAS-MITACS International Workshop on Aviation and Climate Change



Please click on the following link to access the presentations from the 2014 event:

Click here to access all presentation files.

Presentations will be added as they are received from speakers.


Tuesday, May 27

Opening Remarks
9:30-10:00       David Zingg, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
First Keynote
10:00-11:00     John Green, Aircraft Research Association
                           Greener by Design: Aviation and Climate –
                           where do we go from here?

11:00-11:30      Coffee Break
11:30-12:00     Dom Sepulveda, Pratt & Whitney
                           Innovation, Energy Efficiency &
                           Environmental Performance
12:00-12:30     Belur Shivashankara (Shankar), Boeing
                           Boeing Technology Programs for Quieter and Efficient
                           Airplane and Accelerating Technology

12:30-1:30        Lunch
1:30-2:00         Denis Darracq, Airbus
                           Flight Physics Innovation to Meet Air
                           Transport Challenge
2:00-2:30         Graham Potter, Bombardier Aerospace
                           Environmentally Focused Aircraft – Trading
                           Environmental Impact with Operating Cost in
                           Aircraft Conceptual Design

2:30-3:00         Antony Evans, University College London
                           Modelling Environmental & Economic Impacts of
                           Aviation: The Aviation Integrated Modelling Project
3:00-3:30         Coffee Break
3:30-4:00         Wajid Chishty, National Research Council of Canada
                            Sustainable Alternative Fuels Evaluation (SAFE)
                            Program –
Performance and Emissions
                            Characterization of Alternative
Aviation Fuels at
                            Altitude Conditions

4:00-5:30         Roundtable Discussion
6:00-8:00         Reception


Wednesday, May 28

Second Keynote
9:30-10:30       Fay Collier, NASA
                            Status of the Environmentally Responsible Aviation
                           (ERA) Project

10:30-11:00      Arne Stuermer, DLR
                            Validation of DLRs Multidisciplinary Numerical
                      Analysis Tools for CROR Propulsion Systems and
                      Studies of Novel Noise Reduction

11:00-11:30      Coffee Break
11:30-12:00      Jim Hileman, FAA
                            The Environmental Challenges facing Aviation
12:00-12:30     Ruben Del Rosario, NASA
                            Fixed Wing Project, Technologies for
                           Advanced Air Transports

12:30-1:30        Lunch
1:30-2:00         Panagiotis Laskaridis, Cranfield University
                            An Assessment of Distributed Propulsion Technology:
                            Benefits, Challenges Opportunities & Synergies

2:00-2:30        Fassi Kafyeke, Bombardier Aerospace
                           Technology Solutions for the Development of
                           Civil Aviation

2:30-3:00        Alejandra Uranga, MIT
                           MIT’s N+3 Project: The D8 Aircraft Concept and
                           Its Boundary Layer Ingestion Benefit

3:00-3:30        Coffee Break
3:30-4:00        Juan Alonso, Stanford University
                           Conceptual Design Frameworks for Advanced and
                           Carbon-Free Aircraft of the Future
4:00-5:30        Roundtable Discussion
6:30                  Dinner at Terra


Thursday, May 29

Third Keynote
9:30-10:30      Cameron Tropea, TU Darmstadt
                           Flow Control in Aerodynamics
                           DBD Plasma Actuators for Transition Control
10:30-11:00     Joyce Penner, University of Michigan
                           Radiative Forcing by Aircraft in Spreading
                           Contrails and Large Cirrus

11:00-11:30      Coffee Break
11:30-12:00     John Kinney, GE Aviation
                           Advanced Technology Considerations for Future Aviation
12:00-12:30    Cynthia Ginestra, Shell
                         Evaluating Alternative Jet Fuels: GTL Kerosene and
                           Virent SK and SAK 

12:30-1:30       Lunch
1:30-2:00         Jian-Ming Zhou, Pratt & Whitney Canada
                           P&WC’s Perspective on Fuel & Environmental
                           Challenges for Aviation

2:00-2:30        Clinton Groth, University of Toronto
.                          Institute for Aerospace Studies
2:30-3:00        David Zingg, University of Toronto
.                          Institute for Aerospace Studies
                            An Evaluation of Unconventional Regional Aircraft
Using High-Fidelity Aerodynamic
                           Shape Optimization

Closing Remarks
3:00-3:15         David Zingg, University of Toronto
.                          Institute for Aerospace Studies

Visitor Information


Conference delegates are encouraged stay at the Novotel North York. Situated in Uptown Toronto, Novotel Toronto North York offers a modern destination that has upscale amenities, such as complimentary WiFi, a full service restaurant, and an indoor saltwater pool. The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) has secured a corporate rate of $149* per night.

Novotel North York
3 Park Home Avenue
North York, Ontario, M2N 6L3
Tel: 416-733-2929

Check-in time is after 3:00 pm and check-out time is before 12 Noon
Parking: $17.00 with in and out privileges
Reservations: Please call Novotel directly to secure reservations, 416-733-2929 on or before April 28th, 2014 . The rooms are booked under the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.

* All rates are subject to applicable taxes
* Quoted rates are not a guaranteed for reservations made after 4:00pm on April 28th, 2014

Transportation to and from Toronto Airport

Airport limousines/taxis can be located immediately outside any terminal at Toronto’s Pearson Airport (YYZ) on the Arrivals Level. The travel time to the hotel should be about 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

 Transportation Between Hotel and UTIAS

Transportation between Novotel and UTIAS will be provided by a shuttle bus. Renting a car is an option, but not necessary. Public transportation to UTIAS is not recommended due to the irregular schedule of the buses between the subway station and UTIAS.

 Directions to UTIAS

UTIAS is located at 4925 Dufferin Street, in the north-central section of the city of Toronto. The driving time from the hotel to UTIAS should be about 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.