EUROAVIA was founded in 1959. Until now we can be proud of more than 50 years. Our association has grown up from three founding societies to 38. Our now more than 2000 members are spread over whole Europe in 19 countries.
In 1956, a group of students in Aachen, Germany, observed an unstable situation of the Aerospace industry due to a lack of collaboration between this industry and bigger economic branches. After long discussions between students from Germany, France and the Netherlands, finally a solution could be achieved, this has been named “A good cooperation of aerospace and astronautic industries of different countries”.
In addition, a vision of this group has been created: An association of all European Aerospace students could help to achieve this goal of a European cooperation.
From that point active correspondence with professors from Belgium, France and the Netherlands began. A sentence at the beginning of this long correspondence was:
“Single European nations cannot provide resources for further development of the European Aerospace. For that reason it is essential to meet the problems and challenges of the future with a collective cooperation of the European states on a civil, military and university basis.”
Although professors have been asked to inform students about the foundation of a European student’s association, only students from Paris and Delft replied. A first cross-border milestone was achieved!
In the beginning of the year 1958, Aachen could recruit fourteen active and highly motivated members. The first meeting there with students from France and the Netherlands was a big step, furthermore visits in Italy, France and the Netherlands established a lot of contacts.
During one meeting, a “comité provisoire” was founded. The aim of this group was the organisation of a congress where the statutes for the association with the name “EUROAVIA” should be shaped.
Between 22th and 28th of September 1958, representatives of Aachen, Delft, Paris and Pisa discussed about the targets and the organisation of EUROAVIA.
The main result of this meeting was the call for an international constituent congress in Aachen from 09th to 17th 1959. These days between those two events were hard work for the founders of our association with challenges and hope.
It was not so easy to convince people that their support would help to build the future of the Aerospace branch.
Representatives of Aachen, Berlin, Braunschweig, Delft, ENSA and ENICA, Paris, Mailand, Pisa, Stuttgart and Turin were present at the constituent congress. All in all there were thirty students from ten universities in four different countries. The official statutes were presented and accepted on 16th March in 1959. Officially EUROAVIA began its work on the 1st of Mai in 1959.
In the first year, the international board (IB) was represented by the local group of Aachen. Jean Roeder was the first president of EUROAVIA. His dream became true when EUROAVIA was born.
Socialise people and establish contacts between students and the industry were the first achievements of this board and to spread the vision of EUROAVIA to other European countries.
Today, our association still bases on this vision. In the meanwhile more than 38 Local Groups are affiliated to this network, located in more than 19 countries.
Last updated: December 21, 2016