23 November 2022

Erasmus-Descartes Conference 2022

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Dear NAG members,

Thursday 24 November the Erasmus-Descartes Conference 2022 on sustainable aviation will take place in Paris.

The Erasmus-Descartes Conference started twenty years ago as an initiative of the Embassy of the French Republic to the Netherlands and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to France. Since 2002 public and private partners, scientists and young talents gather once a year to exchange expertise and ideas on a specific theme, with the objective to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between France and the Netherlands, addressing global challenges together.

This year’s twentieth edition of the Erasmus-Descartes Conference will start on Thursday 24 November at 3.30 pm, in the presence of the French Minister Delegate for Transport, Clément BEAUNE, and the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management, Mark HARBERS.

You are invited to participate in the livestream by joining one of the following zoom links to the conference below:

  • For the English translation, please click on English
  • For the French translation, please click on French

Please, find below the conference program.

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Conference program
15.30 Introduction by Ms. Melinda Crane, TV-anchor, political commentator and moderator
Plenary opening

H.E. Mr. Jan Versteeg, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to France

H.E. Mr. François Alabrune, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Netherlands

Video message Air France-KLM (Mr. Benjamin Smith, Ms. Anne Rigail, Ms. Marjan Rintel)

Keynote Mr. Wouter van Wersch, EVP, President Europe Region & Sales at Airbus

15.55 Young Talents 2022 Award

Presentations on opportunities and challenges for the aircraft industry regarding sustainable power sources, by PhD- and Master-students in aeronautics.

16.15 Inspiring speech on stimulating innovation

Mr. Jarno van den Heuvel, CFO at Fly With Lucy (“Europe’s first all-electric airliner”)

16.25 Panel 1

French-Dutch cooperation in zero-emission aviation

Sustainable aviation at the crossroads of societal, economic, scientific and technological challenges: how can bilateral cooperation accelerate the transition to zero-emission aviation?

With the participation of:

Mr. Nicolas Bellouin, Chair Aviation & Climate, Sorbonne University

Mr. Vincent Etchebehere, Vice President Sustainability of Air France

Mr. Arjen Landman, Senior Vice President GKN Fokker

Mr. Michel Peters, CEO Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR)

Mr. Rob Postma, CEO Airbus DS Netherlands

17.00 Presentation: Current environmental inefficiencies – modelling French-Dutch flights

Mr. Junzi Sun, PhD, Researcher and Ass. Professor at TU Delft Aerospace Engineering

17.10 Break
17.30 Panel 2

Making hydrogen systems work: Technology, policy and jurisdiction

What are the supply chain requirements to create a network of hydrogen systems at airports? What laws and regulations must be in place in the near future?

With the participation of:

Mr. Yannael Billard, Head of the Environment and Energy Department at ADP Groupe

Mr. Eric Delobel, CTO and director hydrogen cluster at Vinci Airports

Ms. Wilma van Dijk, Managing director Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Mr. Laurent Joly, Director Institute for Sustainable Aviation (ISA) and Deputy Head of Research ISAE Supaéro

Mr. Fréderic Medioni, Director of the Technical Service at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC)

18.15 Closing remarks and next steps

H.E. Mr. Mark Harbers, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management

H.E. Mr. Clement Beaune, French Minister delegate for Transport

18.30 Closure


Aftermovie Erasmus-Descartes 2022 Sustainable Aviation