The European Association of Aerospace Students (EUROAVIA) is a European based students’ initiative and its main fields of activity are aerospace, engineering and the adjacent fields. EUROAVIA was founded in 1959 and is governed by Dutch law. At this moment, the association comprises 42 Local Groups (Affiliated Societies) in 18 countries from all over Europe, counting over 2200 members in total.
The main goal of all the activities that are organized from EUROAVIA is the strengthening of the connection between the students and the aerospace industry and also to stimulate its members to become aware and familiarize themselves with the traditions and the culture of the countries that compose the association.
EUROAVIA AS Patras
Since 2002 there has been an EUROAVIA AS (Affiliated Society) in Patras. However, it stopped working in 2012 and reopened in 2016 by a new generation of students with dedication and love for what EUROAVIA represents. Our team consists of capable volunteer students who have a common interest in aerospace and aeronautics and are trying to develop activities and organize events that will advance their industry and their professional training in the future. Our group distinguishes on its technical work force, a group of ambitious members that are constantly working on scientific and engineering projects.
In 1956, a group of students in Aachen, Germany, was inspired by the idea of founding an association that could gather all the European Aerospace students together. In 1958, they came together with students from Delft, Paris and Pisa and decided to make a call for other students for a general meeting. In this meeting, there were 30 students from 10 universities in 4 different countries. The official statutes were presented and accepted on the 16th of March in 1959. EUROAVIA began its work officially on the 1st of May in 1959.
1960 marked the first business year of the association, under the guidance of the first International Board represented by the Local Group of Aachen. The first president, Jean Roeder saw his dream brought to life with the birth of EUROAVIA. The first year brought together students from several countries in Europe and managed to bridge a gap with the industry.
In 2013, EUROAVIA geographically expanded its borders outside Europe when an Adjunct Member from Kourou (French Guiana) joined the association. Furthermore, in September 2016, the association welcomed a new Prospective Adjunct Member from Egypt, Zewail City.
EUROAVIA today is composed of three fundamental pylons: the International Board, the Affiliated Societies and the Working Groups. The International Board (IB) is the board of directors of EUROAVIA, elected every year during a congress. They represent the association at the international level and are responsible for the general functioning of the association. The IB is formed by at least 3 members: President, Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Members. The powers, duties and responsibilities of the International Board are defined in the EUROAVIA Statutes and Bylaws. Working Groups are formed by volunteering members from local groups and are responsible for accomplishing and maintaining international projects in benefit of all EUROAVIA members.
This internal communication tool comes out monthly and provides all members of the association with the current issues of the association internationally as well as the news of the Local Delegations and Working Groups. Its distribution is done digitally and it also gives the opportunity to each member of the association to express its opinion on any issue concerning the association.
EUROAVIA Alumni Network (EAN)
This network consists of former active members of EUROAVIA, who remain in contact with the organization. It works in a variety of ways, offering a reliable network in the professional world.
The purpose of this working group is to optimize communication between EUROAVIAn Affiliated Societies and the International Board of Directors (IB).
The purpose of this working group is to optimize communication between all EUROAVIA members. It mainly deals with social media and the website.
The purpose of this working group is to create and maintain contact with companies and individuals outside the organization, which can help in its development.
The purpose of this working group is to design the logos, the products of the organization, and to renew the corporate identity.
The purpose of this working group is to promote the rest of the working groups (WG), to guide and prepare the members of the organization and to find available jobs for them.
This working group is responsible for all the technological and communication tools used by the organization.
The purpose of this working group is to study and try to implement new ideas that could strengthen and improve the structure of the organization, to bring new visions and innovative solutions.
The purpose of this working group is to ensure high quality international events, supporting the local Affiliated Societies participating in the event and hosting such events.
The task of this working group is to ensure that official statutes and regulations are up to date and adequately meet the modern needs of the organization.
The purpose of this working group is to provide training for soft skills to all members of the organization, ensuring their personal development.