Institute for Aerospace Technology



The aerospace industry is growing at a phenomenal rate. By 2030 it is estimated that there will be around 27,000 new aircraft in the skies, worth around $3.7tn.

It is an industry that is essential to today’s global community, bringing cultures together and enabling strong annual economic growth worth $425bn in GDP worldwide.

The UK already has the world’s second largest aerospace sector and global demand is accelerating.  The Government has therefore pledged to invest £1bn, matched by industry, to ensure that the country seizes the opportunity for continued development, and benefits from the industry  economically and socially, with limited impact on the environment. This is complemented by European investment of €4bn through the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking and Horizon2020 research  and innovation programmes.

At The University of Nottingham’s Institute for Aerospace Technology, we are playing a key part in these major programmes: our 400-strong team of leading researchers is delivering world class,  multidisciplinary research and is driving the development of cutting-edge technology that will  radically improve all aspects of air transport.

Working with global aviation leaders including Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation, Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, Bombardier and GKN, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, we are conducting  technology and knowledge transfer to help secure the European position as true pioneers in this  field.

Established in 2009 with a strategic investment of £10m from the European Regional Development Fund, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and The University of Nottingham, we have a substantial research portfolio that addresses global challenges through more than 70  projects, valued in excess of £75m.

We always welcome the opportunity to establish links with new companies, or explore new areas with existing partners, working together towards an even stronger future for European aerospace.

IAT Vision

To maintain, develop and communicate the University of Nottingham’s scientific and technological expertise in aerospace technologies: ensuring that Nottingham retains its position as one of the world-leading Universities engaged in aerospace research.

IAT Mission

To integrate, develop and promote the University of Nottingham’s aerospace research portfolio: delivering world leading aerospace research with translational impact with and for our partners. 


Institute for Aerospace Technology

Aerospace Technology Centre
Innovation Park
Triumph Road
Nottingham, NG7 2TU

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