Seven UK universities make next round of Fly Your Ideas challenge

Seven UK universities are among 100 teams across five continents to go to the next stage of Airbus technology aviation competition Fly Your Ideas

Seven UK universities are moving on to the next round of the 2013 Fly Your Ideas Airbus challenge, after being selected from 600 student teams that entered across five continents.

At stake is a €30,000 prize for the most innovative idea for a more sustainable aviation industry. The winning team will also host "innovation week" which will be run by Airbus experts. A runner-up team will win €15,000.

The seven UK teams come from Cranfield University, Imperial College London, The University of Birmingham, The University of Manchester and three teams from the University of Bristol. In total 29 students made up the seven teams. 24 of which are international students.

In total 100 teams were chosen to move on to the next round of the competition, which is backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

The remaining teams have until 12 April 2013 to test and develop their ideas. An Airbus mentor and expert has been assigned to each team for support.

Charles Champion, Airbus executive vice-president engineering, said: “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm of the teams and our Airbus experts who are committed to sharing their know-how with these students from around the world who are the innovators of the future.”

The final five teams will present their concepts to a panel of Airbus and industry experts, at the Airbus headquarters in Hamburg Germany on 12 June.

A final awards ceremony will take place on 13 June at Unesco's headquarters in Paris.

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