SESAR Innovation Days 2021

The SESAR Innovation Days (SIDs) are the main vehicle for SESAR Joint Undertaking to share progress and disseminate exploratory research results. Unlike other scientific events in air traffic management (ATM) research, the SIDs focus explicitly on exploratory research. Organised annually since 2011, the SIDS have become a landmark event in the European aviation research calendar. The SIDs is further strengthened with the support of Engage, the SESAR knowledge transfer network.

The 2021 edition of the SIDs will take place online 07-09 December 2021. Despite taking place in a virtual format, the SIDs promises to be a valuable event, showcasing the latest research and innovation and reflecting Europe’s commitment to the long-term sustainability of the aviation industry, as well as its recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.

The SIDs are based on an open Call soliciting contributions from the ATM research community. Exhibitions and poster, keynotes and virtual networking events will provide further opportunities to learn about interesting projects and meet like-minded researchers.

Conference registration (open)

Call for contributions

Researchers from universities, research institutions, airlines, air navigation service providers and industry are invited to submit papers (up to 8 pages) presenting exploratory research within the areas of interest listed below. Papers will be evaluated based on the innovative nature of the ideas, as well as the approach and methods applied.

Areas of interest include:
● Safety, security and resilience
● Automation, autonomy and robotics
● Human factors and decision support tools
● Uncertainty, applied modelling and optimisation techniques
● Complexity, data science and information management
● Machine learning and artificial intelligence
● Aviation economics and business models
● Legal and regulatory aspects and the ATM innovation process
● ATM operations, architecture and performance
● Airspace design and network and flow management
● High performing airport operations
● Advanced air traffic services
● Innovative approaches in environment and meteorology
● Integrated solutions for communications, navigation and surveillance (iCNS)
● Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and UAS traffic management

All papers (including SESAR contributions) will be triple peer reviewed. The proceedings will be available for download in electronic format on the SESAR Innovation Days website prior to the event. All SIDs papers are listed in Elsevier’s Scopus database.

A special edition in a renowned ATM research journal will be published with selected articles from SIDs 2021.

Paper submission deadline: extended to 11 October 2021 (CLOSED)
Notification of acceptance: 15 November 2021
Papers have to be submitted via EasyChair

Call for posters and exhibits

Partners from academia and industry are invited to submit proposals for posters and technical exhibits or demonstrations (max one poster/exhibit/demonstration per presenter, three per organisation). As well as showing innovative solutions to traditional problems of air traffic management, posters and exhibits may also address wider air transport and air traffic issues.

In the case of SESAR projects, submissions are welcome from all strands of research (i.e. exploratory, industrial and large-scale demonstrations).

Proposals of one page shall be submitted with a detailed description of the subject matter.

Poster/exhibits submission deadline: extended to 30 September 2021 (CLOSED)
Notification of acceptance: 14 October 2021
Posters have to be submitted via EasyChair

Engage thematic workshops

● The Engage thematic workshops (details here) kicked-off in autumn 2018 and are linked with the thematic challenges. The final series of workshops:

21 June 2021, virtual event – Engage workshop – Economic incentives for future ATM implementationprogramme
03 September 2021, virtual event – Engage workshop – AI, ML and Automationprogramme
09 September 2021, virtual event – Engage workshop – Efficient provision and use of MET information in ATMprogramme
15 September 2021, virtual event – Engage workshop – Vulnerabilities and global security of the CNS/ATM systemprogramme

Other workshops and webinars

07 October 2021, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Stakeholder Forum – Building aviation cyber-resilience
14 October 2021, virtual event – Transport Research Institute 7th Annual Electric Vehicle Event (day 3) – Air Transport
14 October 2021, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Stakeholder Forum – How innovation and sustainability could impact global cargo operations
18 October 2021, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Stakeholder Forum – European air navigation charges model
21 October 2021, virtual event – CAMERA final dissemination event
10 November 2021, Toulouse, France and virtual – TindAIR 1st workshop
16 November 2021, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Air Transport Innovation Initiative Webinar
17 November 2021, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Stakeholder Forum – Harmonised military flight plan for Europe
18 November 2021, hybrid event – SESAR Spotlight Event – Showcasing U-space services for medical air mobility (SAFIR-MED project) postponed due to Covid-19
22 November 2021, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Aviation Sustainability Summit
25 November 2021, virtual event – BUBBLES second workshop – Presenting validation results towards an updated concept of separation management
30 November 2021, Asker, Norway – SESAR PJ05-W2 – Multiple Remote Towers with dynamic allocation of aerodromes and Automatic Speech Recognition open day
30 November 2021, Rome, Italy and virtual – ARTIMATION – General Assembly
30 November 2021, virtual event – European Network of U-space Stakeholders re-launch event
06 December 2021, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Stakeholder Forum – Business aviation’s flight plan to net zero
14 December 2021, virtual event – SINOPTICA – Meteo stakeholder meeting
15-16 September 2022, Sofia, Bulgaria – Research Workshop: Single European Sky and Resilience in European ATM

SESAR Digital Academy

(all times CET/CEST unless stated)

● Exploring the boundaries of ATM sessions (replay webinar):
15 June 2020 11.00-12.00: Project results on enabling trajectory-based operations
23 June 2020 10.00-11.00: ATM architecture and CNS

● Nurturing Young Talent sessions (replay webinar):
29 June 2020 10.00-11.00: Recognising excellence through the SESAR Young Scientist Award
30 June 2020 11.00-12.00: A look back on the Digital Sky Challenge Hackathon

● Digitalising Europe’s Aviation Infrastructure sessions (replay webinar):
30 June 2020 15.00-16.00: The European ATM Master Plan in a nutshell

● Towards higher levels of automation (replay webinar):
22 July 2020 09.30-11.00: Artificial Intelligence (part 1)
24 July 2020 09.30-11.00: Artificial Intelligence (part 2)

● Virtualisation (replay webinar):
15 September 2020 10.00-11.30: Remote Towers
29 September 2020 10.00-11.30: Virtual Centres

● Digitalising Europe’s Aviation Infrastructure sessions (replay webinar):
06 October 2020 10.30-12.00: A holistic approach towards CNS
22 October 2020 14.00-15.30: Exploring the future vision and technological innovations in CNS

● U-space (replay webinar):
12 November 2020 10.30-12.00: SESAR U-space consolidated research results

● Smart and sustainable solutions for greener ATM (replay webinar):
19 November 2020 14.30-16.00: Greener airport operations
04 December 2020 14.30-16.00: Greener arrivals and departures
14 December 2020 14.30-16.00: Greener en-route

● Cyber Security (replay webinar):
25 February 2021 14.00-15.30: ATM cyber-security – The industry perspective

● Innovation in airspace utilisation:
29 April 2021 14.30-16.00: Innovation in airspace utilisation (replay session)
11 May 2021 14.30-16.00: Automated Speech Recognition for Air Traffic Control (replay session)

● Smarter, safer and more efficient arrivals:
28 September 2021 14.30-16.00: Smarter, safer and more efficient arrivals (part 1) (replay session)
21 October 2021 14.30-16.00: Smarter, safer and more efficient arrivals (part 2) (replay session)

Conferences

20-24 September 2021, New Orleans, USA and virtual – 14th USA/Europe ATM R&D Seminar
20 September – 15 October 2021, virtual event – NATS Research Collaboration Conference 21
21-23 September 2021, Oulu, Finland – 1st SIMS EUROSIM Conference on Modelling and Simulation (SIMS EUROSIM 2021)
26-27 October 2021, Geneva, Switzerland – 31st ACI EUROPE Annual Congress and General Assembly
26-28 October 2021, Madrid, Spain – World ATM Congress 2021
02 November 2021, virtual event – Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference
18-19 November 2021, Brussels, Belgium – 9th OpenSky Symposium
23-26 November 2021, Warsaw, Poland – Aerospace Europe Conference 2021 (AEC-21)
29-30 November 2021, virtual event – Aviation Management and Economics Conference (AMEC): Aviation and the environment
01-02 December 2021, virtual event – 9th European Aviation Conference (EAC)
07-08 December 2021, Hamburg, Germany and virtual – 11th Aviation Forum
07-09 December 2021, virtual event – SESAR Innovation Days 2021 (SIDs)
08-09 December 2021, Brussels, Belgium and virtual – EUROCONTROL/CANSO Global Resilience Summit
13-17 December 2021, New Orleans, USA and virtual – AGU Fall Meeting – includes ‘Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) and impact on aviation management’ session
08-09 April 2022, Bergamo, Italy – 3rd Symposium on Aviation Research (SoAR)
21-23 June 2022, Madrid, Spain – World ATM Congress 2022
24-28 July 2022, Montréal, Canada​ – 16th World Conference on Transport Research
04-09 September 2022, Stockholm, Sweden – 33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS 2022)
18-21 October 2022, Barcelona, Spain – 12th EASN International Conference
14-17 November 2022, Lisbon, Portugal – Transport Research Arena (TRA2022)

Summer schools

To coordinate with other Engage activities, such as catalyst-funded projects and PhDs, the four-day summer schools will be organised in years 2-4 of the KTN, i.e. 2019-2021 inclusive.

The first summer school took place 09-13 September 2019, in Belgrade, Serbia. This included tutorials on key ATM concepts and challenges as well as on research methodologies, including case studies and presentations of prominent SESAR exploratory research projects. Further information about the first summer school.

The second summer school was rescheduled due to COVID-19 and held virtually 21-25 September 2020. Further information about the second summer school.

The third summer school was held virtually 30 August – 02 September 2021. Further information about the third summer school.

Competitions and awards

SESAR Young Scientist Award 2021

The SESAR Young Scientist Award 2021 aims to recognise young scientists, who have demonstrated excellence in ATM and aviation-related research fields. The award also provides researchers starting out in their career with an opportunity for further professional development. A further objective of the award is to showcase the potential of young talent to formulate fresh ideas and solutions to the challenges facing ATM and aviation.

The 2021 edition of the award has widened its scope from previous years and is now open to two categories:
● PhD scientists; with the chance to receive a prize of EUR 5000
● Undergraduate and Masters students; with the chance to win a prize of EUR 1500

Contributions are welcome from citizens or residents in an EU Member State or an Associated Country to the Horizon 2020 Research and Development Framework Programme (Horizon 2020).

Up to three short-listed candidates for each category will be invited to join the SESAR Innovation Days 2021, where the winner of each category will be publicly announced during a dedicated ceremony.

The deadline for applications is 05 September 2021 (CLOSED)

Contest rules and how to apply

TRA VISIONS 2022 Senior Researcher Competition

The concept of the TRA VISIONS 2022 Senior Researcher Competition is to have an excellence award for senior researchers who have contributed with significant innovative ideas and concepts, based on results from EU-funded projects in the field of transport.

Airborne categories:
● ATM & UTM
● Drones
● Aerodynamics
● Automation
● Acoustic and aero elasticity
● Aircraft avionics and systems
● Cabin design and passenger comfort
● Future challenges and emerging aviation risks
● Aerostructures
● Disruptive aircraft configurations
● Electric aircraft, alternative fuels and batteries
● Digitalisation

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2021 (CLOSED)

Contest rules and how to apply

European Startup Prize for Mobility 4th Edition – ‘Future Skies’ prize

The SESAR Joint Undertaking has joined forces with the European Startup Prize for Mobility (EUSP), an EU-founded acceleration programme for sustainable mobility startups, to launch a dedicated prize on air mobility. The ‘Future Skies’ prize aims is to recognise startups that are generating creative solutions for smarter and more sustainable flying.

This is the second time that the SESAR JU has partnered with the prize but the first time that a prize category has been dedicated to air mobility. Startups will have until 30 November to apply for the special prize, proposing solutions related to all aspects of air mobility, from the air vehicles (including drones) and alternative fuels, to composite materials and smart air traffic management. Also welcome are startups from other traffic management sectors with applications that could be implemented potentially in the air sector (e.g. micro mobility). The ‘Future Skies’ prize winner will be announced at a ceremony in March 2022.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2021

Prize rules and how to apply

TRA VISIONS 2022 Young Researcher Competition

The TRA VISIONS 2022 YOUNG RESEARCHER COMPETITION is aimed at University and Technical Institutes young researchers pursuing bachelor degrees and higher in all scientific domains involving transport, mobility, energy, engineering and related areas. The competition presents an opportunity for young researchers to showcase their work on an international stage at the Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2022 Conference in Lisbon.

Airborne categories:
● ATM & UTM
● Drones
● Aerodynamics
● Automation
● Acoustic and aero elasticity
● Aircraft avionics and systems
● Cabin design and passenger comfort
● Future challenges and emerging aviation risks
● Aerostructures
● Disruptive aircraft configurations
● Electric aircraft, alternative fuels and batteries
● Digitalisation

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2021

Contest rules and how to apply

Courses

Please browse the Engage wiki for a list of undergraduate programmes relating to air transport engineering and aviation management, and postgraduate programmes that perform ATM-related research (regardless of the main research field).

Jobs and internships

Jobs and internships have been moved to the Engage wiki.