Tuesday 2nd of March


10:00-11:30 Workshops


12:45 - 14:45 The Value of Sustainable Flight:

  • Word of welcome - Jaime Aalders, VSV 'Leonardo da Vinci'
  • Opening of the symposium - Arjan Meijer, Chair of the Day
  • Speaker 1: Karel Bockstael
  • Speaker 2: Michael Gill
  • Discussion panel 1
    • Guillaume Burghouwt
    • Yteke de Jong
    • Udo Pesch
    • Karel Bockstael

14:45 - 15:05 Break

15:05 - 17:30 Advancing Aviation:

  • Introduction by Ron van Manen
  • Speaker 3: Glenn Llewellyn
  • Speaker 4: Paul Riemens
  • Discussion panel 2
    • Arjan Meijer
    • Liam Megill
    • Michel Peters
    • Patrique Zaman
  • Professor Stoewer Award for best Space Master Thesis
  • Conclusion of the symposium - Arjan Meijer, Chair of the Day
  • Closing of the symposium - Chiel van Baardwijk, Symposium Organisation Committee

Wednesday 3rd of March

 17:30 - 19:00 

Online innovation platform

Online network drink

Tuesday 2nd of March


In the morning several workshops will be given by some great companies. Every workshop can be joined online.

To70 Aviation consultants - 10:00-11:30

“Growth versus Environment versus Society: Engineering data for societal choices.”

Have you ever had ideas on how to reduce aviation nuisance? Did you ever stumble on a way to fly more with less impact? Good, society needs ideas like yours.

In this workshop, you’ll explore current data of Schiphol airport on operations, noise and emissions in order to come up with solutions that allow the airport to grow and reduce impact on the surrounding communities, nature, and society. In small teams, you’ll work with our specialist aviation consultants to study the problem, brainstorm ideas, do the analysis and present your results.

This workshop will give you a good insight in the current question of balancing the need for aviation with the other needs of society. At the same time, you will get a quick peek into the work of an aerospace engineer as an aviation consultant with To70.


In the afternoon the program will continue with the speaker part of the symposium. Several professionals wil present their expertise. More information about each speaker can be found below when they are announced.

Arjan Meijer – Chair of the Day

Chair of the day for this year’s symposium is Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.  Arjan Meijer graduated from the TU Delft with a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. After this he has fulfilled  multiple management functions within companies like KLM Royal Dutch Airlines before starting his career at Embraer in April 2016.  

At Embraer, Meijer first was responsible for a team of the sales, marketing, and customer support professionals in diverse regions such as EuropeAfrica, and Central Asia. In 2017, his role broadened by becoming Chief Commercial Officer. This meant he had to oversee all regional marketing and sales teams around the globe. In 2020 Meijer got promoted to President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.  

With over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry on different disciplines such as sales, marketing but also engineering, Arjan Meijer clearly understands the value of sustainable flight.  

Karel Bockstael – Speaker

Karel Bockstael is a long-term employee of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and is currently Vice President Sustainability at KLM. He studiet Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Delft University of Technology between 1981 and 1988. After his masters he started at KLM as a management trainee. Other jobs at KLM include Director Aircraft Engineering and VP Business Development. Since 2019 he is working on sustainability at KLM. 

Michael Gill – Speaker

Michael Gill has an extensive background in law, having obtained law degrees at King’s College London, Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Edinburgh. He worked as an aviation lawyer for airlines and their insurers before joining the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2007. In 2013 he became Director Aviation Environment at IATA, leading IATA’s activities with governments and focusing on international negotiations on climate change policy. Next to this he became Executive Director at the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) in 2014. ATAG is the only global association representing all sectors of the air transport industry. Michael’s mission here is to promote aviation’s sustainable growth for the benefit of global society.

Ron van Manen - Speaker

Ron van Manen is the Head of Strategic Development at Clean Sky Joint undertaking. Van Manen started his career in aviation in 1989 at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He worked 5 years at KLM before joining British Airways. After this Ron Van Manen worked for companies like GKN Fokker, QinetiQ, Farnborough Aerospace Consortium. He started his career in Clean Sky Joint Undertaking in 2011. He fulfilled multiple positions such as Technology Evaluation Officer and Programme Manager.

Glenn Llewellyn - Speaker

Glenn Llewellyn is Vice President, Zero Emission Aircraft at Airbus. He is responsible for Airbus plans and activities to achieve our ambition to be the first major manufacturer to bring a zero-emission commercial aircraft to market.

Prior to this appointment, Glenn was responsible for the research & technology portfolio focused on reducing Airbus product climate impact. This portfolio included demonstrators such as Vahana and City Airbus e-VTOLs as well as the E-FAN X hybrid-electric demonstrator.

Before that, Glenn was the engineering and then program lead for several systems on the A350XWB, working as part of the overall aircraft design team on the aircraft concept, leading engineering trades, and ultimately leading the contracting and industrialisation of the different systems and equipment.

Paul Riemens - Speaker

Like our chair of the day, Paul Riemens has roots at Delft University of Technology. However it didn't start there. He started as air traffic controller at LVNL from 1984 to 1988. Then he obtained a Bachelor of Science at Technical College Delft and continued on to study at the TU Delft with a Master of Science in Computer Science. He went back to LVNL and after 12 years became CEO of LVNL. In the 8 years of being CEO there he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) for 5 years. Since 2016 he is CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of RAI Amsterdam





Liam Megill

Liam Megill

Founder of AeroDelft Student team, TU Delft Master student


Udo Pesch

Udo Pesch

Associate professor at TU Delft Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management


Michel Peters

Michel Peters

General Director at Royal NLR


Arjan Meijer

Arjan Meijer

Chair of the day, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation


Guillaume Burghouwt

Guillaume Burghouwt

Strategist Royal Schiphol Group


Patrique Zaman

Patrique Zaman

Founder and CEO of AVY



Yteke de Jong

Yteke de Jong

Reporter at De Telegraaf


Karel Bockstael

Karel Bockstael

Vice President of Sustainability at KLM


Wednesday 3rd of March

Innovation platform

On the innovation platform multiple companies and cool projects will present their ideas and prototypes. Every stand will have experts on the project answering all your questions.


A revolutionary aircraft design for a more efficient long-distance airplane. Justus Benad, who came up with the idea during his master thesis at Airbus, will be joining us to have a chat with you.


AeroDelft is a TU Delft student team with one mission: prove that emission-free aviation is possible by developing the world’s first liquid hydrogen-powered aircraft. Some of their students, most from our very own faculty, will join us.


Founded in 2016, Daedalean is building autonomous piloting software systems for civil aircraft of today and advanced aerial mobility of tomorrow. The company has 40+ people, with offices in Zürich, Switzerland and Minsk, Belarus.

MAV lab

Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab) at the faculty of Aerospace engineering at Delft University of Technology are working daily on solving the challenges of Micro Air Vehicles to maximize their utility and safety. 

Network drink

All the information and ideas of all the speakers and panelists has had a night to sink in and questions have had some time to form. Now is the chance to talk to all the speakers and panelists from yesterday and all other guests of the symposium.


Want to join? Register now!