Facts and figures
In the fiscal year 2020, despite the COVID-19 effects in aviation, the earnings of Bauhaus Luftfahrt decreased only by -4.1 % to 5.0 million EUR. The donations from the Free State of Bavaria have remained constant. The membership fees have increased by +150.0 kEUR due to the new membership of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Revenues from public funded third-party projects decreased by -284.6 kEUR (-24.7 %) to 1.4 million EUR in 2020. This income is attributable to work on 14 research projects funded by the European Union, the German Federal Government, or the Free State of Bavaria. The decrease is primarily due to the completion of two larger projects in 2019 and 2020 funded by the European Union.
The project revenues with our industrial partners decreased by -73.4 kEUR (-7.6 %) to 1.2 million EUR, which contained significant COVID-19-related cuts, but which were largely compensated for by new projects.
For the year 2021, Bauhaus Luftfahrt expects significant changes in earnings. Due to the difficult and uncertain financial situation of the industrial partners caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial research project volumes will be reduced. However, an increase in donations from the Free State of Bavaria is expected, which will compensate for these effects to a large extent.
The number of employees decreased slightly in 2020 compared to the previous year.
At the end of the year, Bauhaus Luftfahrt had 47 employees, 34 of whom were scientists. 16 of the scientific employees have completed their doctorates. The share of female scientists at Bauhaus Luftfahrt in 2020 was 29.4 %, and the share of women at Bauhaus Luftfahrt overall was 40.0 %.
The number of students has remained relatively constant in 2020 compared to the previous year. Despite the pandemic impact, 38 students and one scholarship holder from 17 nations were employed at Bauhaus Luftfahrt as research assistants, interns, or to realise their student research projects.
In total, 91 people from 20 nations were employed at Bauhaus Luftfahrt in 2020.
Despite the current pandemic development, Bauhaus Luftfahrt is taking significant efforts to further attract highly qualified graduates and researchers from different disciplines in order to be able to provide a high level of scientific research activity.