The IFAR Early Career Network is composed of researchers, students, and other employees in aviation research from IFAR member agencies. We aim to support the growth of young researchers with high potential for national and international leadership. 

Joining is FREE and easy, and is open to anyone affiliated with an IFAR member institution.

How to Join | Upcoming Events

  1. Contact us by completing this simple form, and we will add you to our network announcements list and regularly inform you of upcoming opportunities to get involved. Virtual activities are always open to the general public.
  2. Register with to get access to all of the resources that the full IFAR community has to offer (this includes opportunities for young researchers, as well as networks composed of experienced researchers and global executives at aeronautics research institutions, news, job postings, and more).
  3. Once you have registered with IFARlink, join the online Early Career Network group by clicking on Groups --> All Groups --> IFAR Early Career Network (ECN).

Why should you join?

  • Network with other early career researchers from around the globe.
  • Get Mentored for leadership by aeronautics research executives.
  • Disseminate your research through virtual gatherings.
  • Attend special face-to-face gatherings at international conferences.
  • Learn about technical and non-technical topics in skill-mix groups.
  • Author reports to IFAR leadership about your vision for the future of aviation.

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Face-to-Face Gatherings

Due to the  current pandemic and travel measures,

there will not be any in person gatherings for the time being.

Virtual Gatherings 


JAN 13th , 17:00 UTC

"Cultivating Spirit of Innovation" 

IFAR Virtual Exchange speaker series by Parimal Kopardekar (PK), Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). 


Register here:

View the Program here:


Prior ECN Events

See recordings of all virtual sessions here.


IFAR Virtual Exchange (IVX) presented by Greg  Bowles June 2020
IFAR Virtual Exchange (IVX) presented by Jay Dryer January 2020


IFAR Virtual Exchange (IVX) presented by Dr. Szodruch- November 2019

Virtual Session: Simulation of Landing Gear Dynamics under Different Landing Conditions using MSC-Adams by Sathish S, 26 March, 2019


Face to Face: TsAGIYoung Researcher Conference, Russia

Virtual Session: Advanced Sonic Boom Analysis Using the Full-Field Simulation by Dr. Rei Yamashita, 18 October, 2018

Virtual Session: A Comparison of Strong and Weak Coupling Schemes for Computational Aeroelasticity in OpenFOAM by Sabet Seraj, 22 July, 2018

Virtual Session: VKI PHD Symposium by various speakers, 7 March, 2018

Virtual Session: 
Validation of Intermittency Model for Transition Prediction in a RANS Flow Solver by Donato de Rosa, 22 February, 2018


Virtual Session: NRC Early Career Network (NRC-ECN): Successes and Challenges by Amin Fereidooni , 19 December 2017

Virtual Session: GPU-accelerated CFD Simulations for Turbomachinery Design Optimization,  13 December 2017

Virtual Session: From Invention to Patent by Jason Davis, NRC Canada, 23 August 2017

Face to Face: TsAGI (Russia) "NEW GENERATION" Program at MAKS 2017, Participant Page: [New Generation MAKS 2017]  (if not logged into IFARlink, scroll below the dashboard to access page's content)

Virtual Session: VKI Graduate Student Master Thesis Symposium, 29 June 2017

Face to Face: ONERA Paris Air Show 2017, 17-23 June 2017

Virtual Session: JAXA Research and Design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for a Disaster Risk Reduction, JAXA, 14 June 2017

Virtual Session: Computational Analysis and Proposed Redesign of the 3-Stage Axial Compressor in the 11-by-11-Foot Transonic Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, by Sameer Kulkarni, NASA, 24 May 2017

Virtual Session: Prototype Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics by Alexandru Persinaru, INCAS, 19 April 2017

Virtual Session: Real-Time Safety Monitoring and Prediction in the National Airspace by Matthew Daigle, NASA, 22 March 2017

Virtual Session: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics PhD Research Symposium by various speakers, VKI, 3 March 2017

Virtual Session: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Activities within ONERA, ONERA, 27 February 2017


Face to Face: Tour of Johnson Space Center, USA

Face to Face: Mentoring Session at AIAA Conference, USA

Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, South Korea

Virtual Session: AIRCAST - A Model Suite for the Next Generation of Aviation Scenarios, DLR, 26 August 2016

Virtual Session: Composites, Ceramics, and Coatings: Game-Changing Materials for the Next Generation of Turbine Engines, NASA, 18 May 2016

Virtual Session: 21st Century Aviation Challenges: 47th Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, JAXA/NASA, 15 April 2016

Virtual Session: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics PhD Research Symposium, VKI, 3 March 2016


Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, Moffett Field, USA, October 2015

Virtual Session: Alternative Fuels Virtual Gathering, NRC/TsAGI, 16 September 2015

Virtual Session: Air Traffic Management, JAXA/NASA, 20 May 2015

Virtual Session: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics PhD Research Symposium, VKI, 13 March 2015

Virtual Session: 3rd International Conference on Buckling and Postbuckling Behavior of Laminated Shell Structures with DESICOS Workshop, DLR, 25 March 2015


Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, Zhuhai, China

Virtual Session: IFAR Kickoff, DLR/NASA, 21 August 2014


 Face to Face: Young Researcher Conference at the IFAR Summit, Russia