International Collaboration

The RAeS extends its reach by working in partnership with a number of institutions, organisations and companies who have similar goals and objectives.


International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS)

The Royal Aeronautical Society is a member of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) is a non-government, non-profit making, scientific organization which was established in 1957 to encourage the free interchange of information on aeronautical subjects. The recognized National Associations/Societies of the world dedicated to the advancement of the science and engineering of aviation and space are eligible for membership of ICAS and full participation in its activities. ICAS today numbers 32 societies from as many countries. In addition, it is supported by aerospace companies, scientific and technical institutions acting as associates. The objective of ICAS is to organize on this international basis a worldwide forum for the discussion and international interchange of aeronautical problems and subjects, and promote international co-operation in the study of such problems in aeronautical science and technology where there is a common interest. ICAS holds an International Congress in the fields of Aeronautical Sciences on a biennial basis. The venue is chosen by the General Assembly and changes from congress to congress. ICAS functions under three primary bodies; General Assembly (meets biennially), Executive Committee (meets at least twice each year) and Program Committee (meets annually). More information can be found at

Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS)

The Royal Aeronautical Society is a member of the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS), formed during the 1992 Farnborough Airshow, with the official signing of the CEAS Constitution at the1993 Paris Airshow. This important organisation is the result of the need to recognise the increasingly international nature of aerospace business and the strength of European industrial alliances by beginning to develop close working relationships. In 2003, the member Societies realised that a deeper collaboration was necessary which would provide CEAS with a legal status and more flexible resources. The new status transforms the former Confederation into a Council and gives CEAS legal support under Belgian law. As well as CEAS operating as an association of national Societies, two branches have been established, for aeronautics and space, both chaired by recognised professionals. These branches will be composed of individual members and will be co-ordinated by a director who will manage the activities.

The Aerospace Partnership

The Aerospace Partnership aims to harmonise the various strengths of the constituent institutions in devising and implementing their activity programmes in support of the aerospace community. This will encompass such activities as engineering related event organisation (e.g. conferences, lectures, courses) and recognition (e.g. institution medals and awards). The harmonisation process will aim to avoid conflict or duplication of events, to promote joint ventures wherever this is advantageous and to maximise the visibility of such activities to the widest possible audience. The specific aims and objectives of the Partnership are: (a) To bring together the particular skills and strengths of the three institutions; (b) To provide and publicise a co-ordinated programme of events and joint ventures; (c) Where realistic and appropriate to provide a common voice on aerospace topics and co-ordinated responses to requests for professional comment in the aerospace field. A list of supported events organised by the other institutions of the Aerospace Partnership can be found in the RAeS Events Section.