After a lengthy period of negotiation, 8 European institutions representing 6 different countries involved in airborne environmental research have signed the necessary Statutes to constitute EUFAR as an AISBL – an international non-profit association under Belgian law. These documents will now be deposited with the Belgian courts so that EUFAR AISBL will be formally constituted early in 2018.
Achievement of this status has been a key goal of the present EUFAR consortium since 2014. The founding members of the new organisation recognize the continuing benefit of working together on matters of common interest using their own resources. The objectives of the AISBL will include:
- promoting efficiency in the operation of airborne research infrastructures through the exploitation of common instruments, data processing software formats and archiving;
- development and promotion of schemes to broaden access to European airborne research facilities for all European scientists;
- fostering coordination between European research funding agencies, the development of joint priorities for airborne science and the harmonised development of future airborne observing systems, including Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- promoting training opportunities in airborne measurements and their application to researchers across Europe;
- providing a focus for collaboration between the airborne research communities in Europe and elsewhere;
Whilst the negotiation process has been lengthy, it has resulted in an organisation which will be open to further growth, welcoming a broad range of institutions working in environmental research which will be able to participate as members or partners. The founding members of the AISBL are, in alphabetical order of their home country: