The European Virtual Institute for Gas Turbine Instrumentation 


About us

The European Virtual Institute for Gas Turbine Instrumentation (EVI-GTI) 

arose through the European Union’s Competitive and Sustainable Growth (GROWTH) programme in 2002.

A definition of a ‘Virtual Institute’ can be found on the EU Cordis GROWTH web pages and is: “A network that links geographically dispersed complementary research and industrial capabilities with the potential to become a legal and self-supporting entity. The difference between Virtual Institutes and networks of other types is that a Virtual Institute needs to demonstrate the capability to become self-supporting”.

The idea behind EVI-GTI is to offer and maintain a platform for turbomachinery OEMs, vendors of sensors and instrumentation and academia. We organize and provide workshops and conferences and form multilateral or bilateral consortia.

EVI-GTI Conferences are organized bi-annual as as European Conference.

Every two years a Joint Conference together with the Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG) is being held in the U.S. or in the EU.

Recent EU projects that have been generated, submitted and successfully completed within EVI-GTI are HEATTOP and STARGATE.

Together with PIWG we have developed and continuously updated the Lap Gap Matrix which sorts technologies for sensors, probes and instrumentation in several categories and shows which technologies are currently satisfactory (green), which are not available but can be worked around (yellow) and which are still not available today and thus prevent further development of gas turbine engines to higher efficiency (red).

The current EVI-GTI Board of Directors has been elected in our online General Assembly on 10 Dec 2021 and it is represented by:  

EVI-GTI Board of Directors




Ralf Obertacke lowsize  

Ralf Obertacke

Siemens Energy, Germany


President since 2017

Former Vice President and Industrial Advisor

Pete Loftus  

Peter Loftus

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Former President of EVI-GTI 2011-2017

 Nicholas Burgwin

 Nicholas Burgwin

Fibos, Toronto, Canada

 General Secretary    
 Michael Henke  

Michael Henke

University of Hannover, Germany

  Regular Board Member    
 Björn Karlsson  

Björn Karlsson

Siemens Energy, Sweden

  Regular Board Member    
Hanspeter Zinn  

Hanspeter Zinn

GE Gas Power, Switzerland

  Regular Board Member    
Roberts P James  

James P. Roberts

Rolls-Royce Plc.

United Kingdom

  Regular Board Member    
Andreas Zeisberger  

Andreas Zeisberger

MTU Aero Engines


  Regular Board Member    
HarveyNiska ITC  

Harvey Niska

Instrumentation Technology Consulting (ITC), Gilbert, Arizona USA


15 years as Co Chairman -

Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG)




Portrait Placeholder  

Thomas Serbowicz

Williams International, USA

  PIWG (Co-chair)    













The 16th European Turbomachinery Conference ETC16, 24-28 March 2025 in Hannover, Germany.

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 A Joint Event of Euroturbo and EVI-GTI! - Register here!

ETC16 Call for Papers

The ETC16 has opened the Call for Papers. Abstract submission Deadine is 03 June 2024.

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The PIWG 2023 International Technical Conference at OAI in Cleveland on September 12-13

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Our associated group PIWG will hold their 2023 International Technical Conference at OAI in Cleveland on September 12-13. Register here!  
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The Ohio Aerospace Institute serves as the facilitator to PIWG.

Events Category

  • April 2023
  • March 2023
    • Technical Program of the 10th International EVI-GTI Conference

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  • July 2022
    • More than 150 Participants attended the Opening Symposum for the New Turbomachinery Test Facilities at LUH

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  • June 2022
  • April 2022
    • EVI-GTI and Euroturbo announce Joint Conference ETC15 in Budapest, 24-28 April 2023

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    • Register for the Euroturbo / EVI-GTI Joint Conference ETC15 in Budapest, 24-28 April 2023!

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    • Call for Papers for the ETC16 in Hannover

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  • March 2022
    • SAVE THE DATE: Opening Symposium for the New Turbomachinery Test Facilities at Leibniz University of Hannover on June 10th 2022

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  • May 2021
    • Summary of the Workshop on Instrumentation Demands for Hydrogen and Bio-Fuels

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    • Workshop on Instrumentation Demands for Hydrogen and Bio-Fuels

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  • April 2021
  • March 2020
  • January 2020
    • Clean Sky 2 Workshop on Low NOx and Advanced Combustion Technologies

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  • November 2019
  • September 2019
    • The 9th EVI-GTI International Gas Turbine Instrumentation Conference, 2019 in Graz / Austria

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