Key Note Speakers

10th EASN Virtual International Conference Keynote Speakers


The 10th EASN Virtual International Conference programme will include important Keynote Lectures, given by distinguished personalities of the European Aviation and Space Community, including industry, research and policymaking. The names of this year's Keynote Speakers are the following, in alphabetical order:  

Dr. Marcello Amato
CIRA | EREA's Ηead of the Aeronautical Research Group

Keynote title: PRORA the Italian Programme for Aerospace Research

With a background in Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Head of the CFD Laboratory and Fluid Physics Unit at CIRA for many years; currently he is in the International Affairs Unit of CIRA scpa.

Currently M. Amato has an active role in the following groups:

  • Italian Representative in ACARE Member State Group and General Assembly, ACARE WG-5
  • ACARE-Italia (Co-Chair of the Council; chairing Group for European Affairs of ACARE-Italia)
  • EREA-ARG (chairing 2006-2010, 2012-2013,2014-2015,2018-2019, 2020-2021), EREA GA
  • ESRE GA, ESRE Technology Advisory Board

He has participated in many EC R&TD funded projects in FP5, FP6 and FP7. Recently, he has been involved in EC funded projects related to support European research policy implementation mainly in aviation domain and recently in Space domain as well:
  • AirTN-FP6, Air-TN-FP7, AirTN-Nextgen (coordinating)
  • CANNAPE, OPTI, OPTICS, OPTICS2, CAPPADOCIA, Gabriel, Future Sky Safety
  • SAT-Roadmap, CARGO-Map, E4U

Some recent relevant documents
  • Amato, M., “The Italian National Programme for Aeronautics and ACARE-ITALIA, ACARE Aerodays 2005, Brussels 30-31 March 2005
  • Amato, M., “ The Italian National Programme for Aeronautics – ACARE-Italia, Aeronautics Days 2006, Vienna, 19-21 June 2006
  • Altri & Amato. M “Out of the Box Thinking – Ideas about the Future of Air Transport System - Part-1”, CIRA-06-3809, funded by EC
  • Altri et M.Amato, “Italian Vision for R&TD in Aeronautics, 2006
  • Amato, M, et Altri, “Italia Strategic Research Agenda for Aeronautics, 2006
  • Altri & Amato. M “Out of the Box Thinking – Ideas about the Future of Air Transport System - Part-2”, printed in November 2007
  • Altri and M.Amato, CIRA contribution to “R&TD Priorities for National Industry“, AIRI book 2008
  • Altri & Amato, M: ” The National Research Program (PNR) - PNR and R&TD priorities for Aeronautics – Contribution to PNR by National Technological Platform ACARE Italia, September 2009
  • Altri & Amato, M: ”ACARE Italia – National Technological Platform for Aeronautics – Proposal for a National R&TD Programme for Aeronautics”, January 2010
  • Altri & Amato, M : “Reflections for an aeronautical JTI in FP8”, February 2011
  • Altri et M.Amato, contribution to ACARE SRIA – Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for European Aviation, August 2012
  • M.Amato et Altri, Observation Platform to assess the fulfilment of Vision 2020 goals fromTechnological and Institutional standpoints - OPTI Synthesis Report, 2013, CIRA-TR-14-0060
  • Amato, M. et Altri, COMMON VISION on the development of a Small Aircraft Transportation system, SATROADMAP project, funded by EC, 2012, CIRA-TR-14-0061
  • De Graaf, A., Amato, M. et Altri, “SAT Roadmap on the Development of a Small Aircraft Transportation System”, 2012, CIRA-TR-14-0062
  • Altri and Amato, M, “Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda Italia”, Marzo 2014
  • M. Amato, et altri, “Proposal for the update of PRORA – Italian Programme for Aerospace Research”. 2019



Mr. Bart Biebuyck
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) | Executive Director

Keynote title: Preparing a zero carbon aviation in Europe


Bart Biebuyck is since 16th May 2016 the Executive Director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership aiming at facilitating the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe. Under his leadership, a strong emphasis on cooperation with cities and regions led to the creation of the European Hydrogen Valleys partnership with around 40 European regions. Dissemination of project results, building technology awareness and enhanced basic research became his key focusing points

Before the FCH JU, Bart Biebuyck was at the Fuel Cell department of Toyota Motor Europe where he held the position of Technical Senior Manager. His expertise in the automotive industry includes extensive knowledge related to the deployment of new technologies in the European market. It is as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) program in Berlin that Bart worked at reinforcing European trials for the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle. He also had the opportunity to develop and expand his expertise in Japan, where for two years he worked on the development of Toyota and PSA’s small vehicle.

In addition to his industrial experience, Bart has been politically active in his local town since 2006. In 2013 he became the vice president of the City Council, responsible, among others, for the local economy and education.

Bart’s term as the Executive Director of the FCH - JU was extended for four years until 15 May 2023.



Dr. Rémy Denos
European Commission | Policy Officer at Directorate-General for Grow, Space Policy and Research

Keynote title: Space Research and Innovation under Horizon Europe: state of preparation




Mr. Andrea Gentili 
European Commission | Deputy Head of Unit - D3 Low Emission Future Industries

Keynote title: EU aviation R&I in HE: present and future perspectives



Mr. Axel Krein
Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking | Executive Director

Keynote title: Clean Sky: towards climate-neutral aviation

On 1 February 2019, Axel Krein was appointed Executive Director of Clean Sky, the European Public-Private Partnership bringing together the European Commission and the aeronautics industry, SMEs, research centers and academia. Clean Sky 2 is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, and develops innovative technologies in order to reduce emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. To achieve the formidable challenge of carbon neutrality by 2050, an aggressive research & demonstration programme as part of Horizon Europe is currently under definition, together with an accelerated development and adoption of sustainable low-carbon fuels. Only combining the resources and funding in Europe will produce a substantial leverage effect and help reach the challenging objective of deep de-carbonisation.

Axel Krein joined Airbus in Hamburg in 1992 and held various positions including heading the Cyber Security Program Directorate (September 2014-January 2019); Senior Vice President Research & Technology (2007-2014); Senior Vice President Strategic Development (2004-2007); and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (2000-2004). Axel holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen and worked at the university in the field of hypersonic space transportation.


Prof.Ing. Leonardo Lecce
Novotech - Aerospace Advanced Technology Srl | CEO & President

Keynote title: Innovation Aspects in Design, Manufacturing and Testing of a Small Seaplane as Personal Transportation Vehicle

Presently is President and CEO of an innovative SME company, named: NOVOTECH – Aerospace Advanced Technology Srl ( , that he funded in 1992.
Graduated in 1971 with honors in Aeronautical Engineering at University of Naples “Federico II”. Have is academic carrier at the same University, starting in 1973 as Assistant Professor and ending on Sept. 1st, 2016, after his retirement as Full Professor of Aerospace Structures. From 2000 to 2006 has been Head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering. Supervisor of more then 250 graduation thesis and 20 Doctoral (PhD) Thesis, has been Coordinator of many Master, some with the involvement of Boeing and with the University of Missouri-Rolla on System Engineering.
Many times member of the UE Expert Commission for the Evaluation of the research proposal. Has been member of CIRA Scientific Committee for many years, as also member of the Council of ACARE-Italy from 2001 to 2017. From 2006 to 2016, Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Structural Health Monitoring. Founder and President of the Alumni Association of the Aerospace Eng. graduated at University of Naples; President for many years of the Naples branch of the AIDAA (Italian Association of Aeronautic and Astronautic) and from 2013 to 2017 as been National President of AIDAA.
His main research interest have been: Prediction and Control of Noise and Vibration in Transportation Systems; Smart Structures and Systems; Damage Detection and Health Monitoring of Structures; Wing and Control Surface Morphing and recently New Technologies for Out of Autoclave and Automated Composite Manufacturing. The results of his research activities are in more than 250 papers published on national and international journals and Proceedings.
Has been Scientific Responsible of several national and EU funded research contract and European Scientific Coordinator of MADAVIC in 5th FP and MESEMA in the 6th FP. Within the 7th FP (2007-2013) is coordinator of the Airgreen Consortium (9 different partners), Associate Member of Alenia managed JTI Clean Sky-ITD Green Regional Aircraft (GRA).
Presently with his Company NOVOTECH is coordinator of 6 Research Project (founded by EU and national programs) focused on new technology for manufacturing composite structures.


Mr. Pierre Lionnet
Eurospace | Director of Research

Keynote title: Key trends in Space RD&I

Pierre is an economist, with >25 years of experience in the space sector. He is a well-known expert of space markets and technology trends. His professional experience includes working with the Venture Capital Fund IRITech and with ESA before joining Eurospace in 1994. At Eurospace he has progressed through a variety of junior and senior positions, he is now Research Director and is the executive manager of the association.

He has worked on all space subjects, addressing the intricate mixes of technology, economics, policy and strategy. He is Eurospace area leader for all subjects related to Space Markets/Budgets, Space Technology Strategy and Industrial policy matters.

Between November 2017 and February 2020, Pierre was Lead Executive of the STEPP pilot project, funded by the European Parliament, delivering, with the contribution of hundreds of experts in the sector, the core inputs to the Space Technologies Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in the context of the Commission-led consultation Platform.

Pierre regularly gives lectures to a variety of audiences, including Aerospace industry and defence professionals, members of European Parliament and Master 1/Master 2 students.

Pierre has a Maitrise (Master 1) in Economics (with a major in banking and finance) from the University of Nancy (France) and a DESS (Master 2) in Industrial Management of Innovation from the University of Strasbourg and INSA. He completed the International Space University Summer Session Programme in 1993 (Huntsville Al.).



Dr. Marco Protti
Leonardo Aircraft Division | VP Advanced Research

Keynote title: The future of aviation: the technology challenges ahead

Marco Protti joined Leonardo Aircraft Division (formerly Aeritalia) in 1987.
He is currently VP of Advanced Research and he has the responsibility to oversee the Division Innovation process including research projects portfolio definition as well as the industrial exploitation of the developed technologies and management of the national and International research collaboration network.
In the past 30 years he has matured a large experience in managing National and International research projects acting as Technical Project coordinator and Program Manager.
Since 2014 is member of the Governing Board of the Clean Sky JU where he acts as deputy chairman.
He is the chairman of ACARE Italy, member of the General Assembly of ACARE, of the ASD R&T Commission, of the European Materials Modelling Council - Industrial Advisory Board (EMMC-IAB), of the Technical Committee of the Italian Aerospace Technology Cluster.
He has been also member of the SESAR JU Administrative Board.


Dr. Marcel Rommerts

European Commission | Head of Unit - Transport Research, Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

Keynote title: Horizon 2020 Collaborative Aviation Research - an overview of results and impact

Marcel Rommerts is Head of Unit for Transport Research in the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission. His unit manages over 300 research and innovation projects under the Horizon 2020 Programme (2014-2020). In previous positions in the European Commission, he developed and coordinated EU policy on transport research and innovation, and EU policy in the field of urban transport and mobility. Marcel holds degrees in Transport Engineering and Business Studies and Engineering. He received a Ph.D. in Transportation Studies from University College London.  

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