Our Mission

Bauhaus Luftfahrt is the aviation think tank from Germany. We don’t just ask questions about tomorrow’s air transport. We provide scientifically based answers. Today. Our agile team, in mindset and methodology, of young researchers and postdocs allows quick access in different fields of competence (engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and economics). This flexibility and interdisciplinarity creates an overall system understanding and a combination capability that is unparalleled in the national and international aviation industry. We focus on major societal and ecological challenges of our time and identify long-term options for a sustainable and climate neutral air transport.

Like a radar, Bauhaus Luftfahrt identifies relevant and innovative topics at an early stage. With a high level of creativity, our researchers provide radical and disruptive ideas with a foresight and trendsetting function for the entire aviation ecosystem (signature concepts). Initial integrated potential analyses can be carried out as well as quick assessments in different evaluation dimensions (technical, economic, and ecological). Fast with high output, always represented in breadth and depth, with the highest quality standards for its own work.

Bauhaus Luftfahrt considers itself a bridge builder between science, industry, politics, and the public. Institutionally funded, we act independently and unbiased, but also carry the insights and findings from our outstanding research and industry network into public perception and discussion – far beyond the boundaries of the aviation industry. Our scientific results are openly accessible and always embedded in an overall context; we communicate the essence of complex problems and ensure that research statements are generally understandable and comparable. In close exchange with federal authorities, we thus support strategic decision-making in industry and politics.

Executive Director & Heads

Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung

Executive Director Research and Technology


Dr. Andreas Sizmann

Head of Future Technologies and Ecology of Aviation


Dr. Jochen Kaiser

Head of Visionary Aircraft Concepts


Dr. Kay Plötner

Head of Economics and Transportation


Ivana Matković, Dipl.-Kffr.

Head of Finance and Administration


Patrycja Plochowitz, Ass. iur.

Head of Legal Affairs and Human Resources


Advisory Board Members

Nicole Dreyer-Langlet

Vice Chairwoman of the Advisory Board
Airbus Operations
Vice President Research & Technology

Dr.-Ing. Markus Fischer

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Di­vi­sion­al Board Mem­ber for Aero­nau­tics

Dr. Klaus Schneider

Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg
Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Rudolf F. Schwarz

IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft
Managing Director 

Lars Wagner

Chairman of the Advisory Board
MTU Aero Engines
Chief Executive Officer


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