Mentoring Field Trips


During mentoring field trips, higher education female students will have the opportunity to meet real life cases of women working in AI and learn from their experience.

Mentoring field trips will be organised in each partner country. Please visit the individual language versions of the website for further information on national events.





The Mentoring Field Trip of UNIBO to Alenia Aermacchi premises in Grottaglie was held on 21st November 2014. Alenia Aermacchi is a subsidiary of Finmeccanica created in 2012 as the merger of Alenia Aeronautica and its subsidiaries Aermacchi and Alenia SIA. Alenia has important roles in today’s leading commercial programs covering the entire range from 50 seats ATR to the 600-seat Airbus A380.

On 19 December 2014, CESIE has organized a mentoring field trip for 20 University female students to the ENAV S.p.A.  company which provides the Air Traffic Control service to the airport of Palermo. The study visits have involved female students from the aeronautic engineering faculty and other general engineering faculties. It was an opportunity for the students to have an insight in the industry, talk to the researchers in the field and learn about their possible future carrier.

On 24 November 2014 the mentoring field trip in Austria took place in cooperation with E.N.T.E.R. and ACstyria. Female students of the University of Applied Science (Aviation) and the TU Graz (Engineering) participated in the ladies event. Visits of different companies in the region were on the programme and the group was welcomed by Pankl Aerospace, Böhler Bleche GmbH, Hightech Plastics Fohnsdorf and the Planetarium Judenburg.


A graduate of the Technical University of Dresden (degree program Transport Engineering, Specialization in “aviation”) invited exclusively a female student of the same course to the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce to Dahlewitz, near Berlin. On the agenda of locally included a presentation of the company, a tour of maintenance and production, and a final talk/discussion between students and female executives.


Mentoring field trip I:

Inova+ participated in the event AIRDAYS 2014 that took place from 6 to 8 of October 2014 at the Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares in Lisbon, Portugal. AIR DAYS 2014 was organized by FCT (NCP host), the Portuguese aerospace cluster (PEMAS), CEC, the Portuguese Ministry of Defence and the Portuguese Association of Space and Defence Industry. Overall, the event had more than 240 participants from 17 countries.

The AIR DAYS included four industry visits or mentoring field trips that took place in two groups. INOVA+ had an active participation through the implementation of a strong communication and promotional campaign aiming to engage mainly female students from Higher Education (HE), but also other stakeholders such as HE professors and other professionals from the Aeronautic Industry to participate in the mentoring field trips.

The main objective of the “mentoring field trip” was to know the companies and how they work and demystify the role of women in this industry. Although the sector is quite male dominated, women are finding their space and their participation has been steadily increasing.

The visits or “mentoring field trips” took place in two groups. One group visited: UAVISION and OPTIMAL Aerostructures and the other group visited: OGMA and LAUAK Portuguesa.

Mentoring field trip II:

On the 9th of April 2015, 38 students from the secondary School Sebastião da Gama, Setúbal – Portugal, participated in event “Aeronautic Day” hosted by “Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setúbal do Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal (ESTSetúbal/IPS)” and organised by INOVA+ in collaboration with national partners QUASAR-Human Capital, LAUAK Portuguesa and Parque BlueBiz of AICEP.

The event included a Mentoring Field Trip, where participants visited the company LAUAK Portuguesa, which produces components for aircrafts. They received a guided tour through the factory, where they could learn about the different occupations and activities, many of them executed by women. Participants interacted with the LAUAK employers at their respective stations working on particular components or activities related with manufacturing, painting, quality control, etc. The visit was hosted by one female Engineer, so students could ask her (and other female workers) about her day-to-day work and her job in general.

The Netherlands

This event brought female students in the University’s Aerospace Engineering faculty into contact with women who work in the aerospace industry in order for them to learn about the existing challenges and opportunities for female professionals in this field. The event included an interactive dinner that was held in the Delft city centre from 18:00 to 22:00 on 25th Feb. 2015. The dinner was interspersed with presentations about the IN2SAI project and professional career development at NLR (the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory). There were questions and answers after each presentation.