VII RIDITA Organising Committee

Congress Chairman
Prof. Jorge Miguel dos Reis Silva, Aerospace Sciences Department, FEUBI Covilhã

Engª. Maria Emilia Baltazar,  FEUBI Covilhã
Drª. Patrícia Inácio, FEUBI Covilhã

Dr. Rui Costa, FCS-UBI, Covilhã


The IBEROAMERICAN AIR TRANSPORT RESEARCH NETWORK was born with the idea of creating an open, inclusive and non-profit network, which does not pretend to compete with any other, but to integrate all scholars, researchers, and trainers who work in Ibero-American academic institutions what interested in air transport research.

The bylaws of the said network are unanimously approved, specifying the scope, objectives and operating regime for which the entity is to be governed.

On November 13, 14 and 15, 2007, the Founding Congress took place at the University of Buenos Aires. A total of 101 members have been registered so far and will be included in the list of founding members of the Network, register after that date and will be ordinary members by the statutes.

In order to join forces in this integrative idea, a large number of people were invited to sign the Founding Act of the Network. These people constitute a broad representation of researchers belonging to the most diverse branches of the investigation in air transport, that work in different academic institutions of different Ibero-American countries.

The bi-annual RIDITA Congress aims to promote and disseminate air transport research in the Ibero-American region, in its scientific, academic, technological, applied, and informative aspects, as well as foster relations among members through scientific sessions, electronic media, and similar events. It pays particular attention to the cultural promotion of air transport research and the teaching of this subject, serving as a center of information and dissemination among stakeholders.


Installed in the old wool Manufacturing Company, the Faculty of Engineering is extended along the Ribeira da Goldra, at the mountain’s foot, where technology and nature meet and inspire one another.

Bridges and airplanes were pioneering areas still in the embryo of the UBI’s threads and now know a reliable and magnificent ball of thread, woven throughout years of learning and research.

The faculty welcomes six research units, financed by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, who are in permanent contact with the corporate sector and equipped with laboratories and workrooms. Two of these research units with very positive external evaluations are poles of associated laboratories, institutions of excellence in research in Portugal.

The Faculty of Engineering is constituted by the Department of Textile Science and Technology, Aerospace Sciences, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Electromechanical Engineering, and Informatics.

Within the framework of the Bologna process, which came to introduce significant changes in university education, in 2006 the UBI adapted its degrees in Engineering successfully by fostering a growing closeness of teaching and research to the real industry needs.

The Faculty of Engineering promotes scientific and technological dissemination regularly through the organization of seminars and conferences on themes related to the areas of the degrees coordinated by the departments, in which teachers, students, and national and foreign specialists participate.

In the listings released on November 29, 2018, which refer to 2019, UBI is included in “THE Computer Science Subject Ranking” at the 251-300 level and at the 301-400 level at “THE Engineering & Technology Subject Ranking”.

In addition to scientific dissemination, the Faculty of Engineering supports and stimulates cultural and ludic activities developed by teachers, researchers, collaborators, and students’ groups.

The Faculty Engineering courses are certified by The Order of Engineers in the appropriate schools.