The IDL Network

By the cooperation of key-associations out of the aerospace and IT industry, aeronautical research institutes and support by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy IDL creates important impulses for future innovations.

Moreover IDL gets support by innovative companies and partners, helping IDL to grow and establish.

Take a closer look at the network and join the team!

The jury - independent experts

Following IDLs goals, the jury is staffed with experts who represent broad expertise and experience. The experts cover various knowledge and background in the field of aviation, technology and business.

Jury presidency

Prof. Rolf Henke , Member of the Executive Board, Responsible for Aeronautics Research

Jury members

Dr. Frank Anton, Head of eAircraft, Seimens AG
Roland Bähr,
Manager Research & Technology Business Development, Airbus Operations
Roland Gerhards, CEO, ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research
Uta-Maria Pfeiffer, Leiterin Nachhaltigkeit, Bundesverband der Deutschen Luftverkehrswirtschaft e.V.
Volker Thum, Managing Director, Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V.
Niklas Veltkamp, Member of the Management Board, Bitkom
Dr. Katharina Schäfer, Solution Management Director, SAP
Dr. Stefan Weber, SVP Technology & Engineering Advanced Programs, MTU Aero Engines AG

The evaluation and selection of the finalists occurs in a multi-stage procedure. First, the submitted documents will be evaluated by the jury with a standardized evaluation matrix according to the criteria newness, ascertainment, credibility, usefulness, market relevance, practicability and introductory effort. This results in a ranking of the best submissions. The ranking will be discussed and evaluated in a jury meeting. Afterwards the finalists will be chosen. In a final step the winners will be determined by vote. Members of the jury have to abstain from votes for their own companies or subsidiaries.


German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI)

The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) is the primary industry representative for the aerospace sector in Germany. As the voice of German aerospace, BDLI engages in dialogue with political institutions, authorities, trade associations and governments at home and abroad. Representing more than 230 companies..


German Aviation Association (BDL)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The German Aviation Association (BDL) is the joint voice of German aviation, uniting it's members – Germany’s airlines and airports, German air traffic control and aviation service providers...




Bitkom is Germany's digital association. Founded in 1999 as a merger of individual industry associations in Berlin, we represent more than 2,450 companies in the digital economy, among them 1,000 SMEs, 400 start-ups and almost all global players...



German Aerospace Center (DLR)

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, digitalisation and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition..


ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research


ZAL’s focus is on the integration and industrialization of aviation technologies. To achieve this, ZAL networks industry and science, establishing an application-oriented think-tank culture, and making the very latest research and development infrastructure available to its partners...


Office and initiator

P3 Group

By establishing IDL, we want to create a platform, where new cooperations rise next to the already existing paths. Bringing together aviation with neighbouring branches and technologies will create potential for future innovations.

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