ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research

ZAL is the technological research and development network of the civil aviation industry in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. It functions as an interface between academic & research institutions, the aviation sector, and the City of Hamburg, aimed at securing and continually expanding the world’s third-largest civil aviation site, following the motto: Future. Created in Hamburg.

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News and Events

XCreation – Can aviation learn from gamification?

A ZAL event of a different kind: The events of the "X meets" series are already known. On December 3rd, we introduced XCreation, a small modification of the event format. With success: About 30 interested people successfully dealt with the application potential of gamification in aviation.


Safer is better – ZAL has the best working conditions for aviation research

Protection and safety are mandatory – and since October 4, it has been official: ZAL has been honored with the award for exemplary health protection and occupational safety. The Hamburg Office for Occupational Safety formally handed over the certificate on December 2 to the CEO of ZAL GmbH, Roland Gerhards, as well as the Director of Property Management, André Kohlhoff.


Collaboration and AI – The new AI Aviation Lab will soon open its doors

In the past decade, artificial intelligence (AI) has gone through an amazing development. The promise that experts made, to make AI systems come close to human intelligence, however, has not been kept. This led to the so-called AI winter at the end of the 1980s. The fact that AI is experiencing a rapid renaissance is thanks, above all, to three supporting factors...



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