EADS and Skolkovo Innovation Centre are lifting their collaboration to new level
Paris, 21 June 2011
Jean Botti, Chief Technical Officer of EADS, and Viktor Vekselberg, Executive President of the Skolkovo Foundation, have signed an Agreement Contract outlining further collaboration. The signature took place on Tuesday at Paris Airshow 2011. The Agreement is building on the partnership between EADS and Skolkovo which has been set up in March 2011. The agreement is defining the road map for the implementation of an EADS research centre in Skolkovo, which shall be operational in the second half of this year.
The new EADS presence in Skolkovo will take the form of an R&D Centre. The Centre act as an incubator which will take technological and industrial challenges from EADS’s divisions, Airbus, Eurocopter, Cassidian and Astrium and, together with Russian partners, develop solutions through to industrialised results. Possible areas for collaboration are communication systems, UAVs, advanced engines and energy handling. EADS will also attract students and scientific bodies of the Skolkovo Institute of Technology to participate in the research activity conducted by EADS.
EADS CTO Jean Botti said: “Our collaboration with Skolkovo is evolving. Today, innovation is a transnational enterprise and we believe that we can boost our technological capabilities by adding Russia’s creative potential.”
Viktor Vekselberg, Executive President of the Skolkovo Foundation stated: “We are sincerely happy that one of the world’s leading corporations is becoming Skolkovo’s partner. This agreement implies that in case of success by 2014, one of the projects from the research center/EADS incubator in Skolkovo most likely an advanced engine concept, will reach the stage of commercialisation readiness. We continue to work with EADS in other areas of cooperation. During the summer, we hope to plan and formalize the participation of EADS in the activities of the Skolkovo Open Technical University for the next two to three years, organizing joint training programs, lectures, seminars, courses and internships for Skolkovo Open University students in the research centers of EADS.“
The EADS research centre at Skolkovo will be a branch of the Russian Technology Office (RTO) which has been established in 2003 as a part of EADS Innovation Works to facilitate cooperation with the Russian research and development community. Since its opening, the RTO has already managed more than 100 cooperative research and technology programmes between EADS and Russian institutions with a focus on advanced engineering tools. EADS’s experience in research and technology collaboration with Russian partners has been extremely positive. Russia is providing competitive, high quality cutting-edge technology.
EADS Innovation Works is the corporate research network of EADS. It operates the corporate Research and Technology (R&T) laboratories that promote the Group’s technical innovation potential with a focus on long-term research. EADS Innovation Works have two main sites in Munich and Paris and employ over 700 people including doctorates and university interns. Proximity centres are maintained in Getafe, Spain and Newport, U.K, Toulouse, Nantes and Hamburg to support the knowledge transfer to business units in these locations. EADS Innovation Works also operates R&T centres in Moscow, Singapore and Bengaluru, India.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.
About the Skolkovo Foundation
The Skolkovo Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Russia charged by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with creating a new science and technology city in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo. This city comprises a university, research institutions, centers of collective usage, a business incubator, a technology transfer and commercialisation office, corporate offices and R&D centers, as well as residential space and social infrastructure. Skolkovo city is governed by a special law, which gives its residents special economic conditions for running their businesses.