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 took place online 07-09 December 2021, 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 provide further opportunities to learn about interesting projects and meet like-minded researchers.

The next SESAR Innovation Days are due to take place in Budapest, Hungary, in 2022.

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

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)

● SESAR performance framework:
24 March 2022 14.30-16.00: Unpacking SESAR’s performance measurement framework (replay session)

● Resilience:
28 April 2022 14.30-16.00: Innovative solutions for ATM Resilience (replay session)

Conferences

14-16 June 2022, Washington, USA – 2022 FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference
19-23 June 2022, Tampa, USA – ICRAT 2022 – 10th International Conference for Research in Air Transportation
21-23 June 2022, Madrid, Spain – World ATM Congress 2022
27-30 June 2022, virtual event – Quiet Drones 2022 – 2nd International Symposium on Noise from UAVs UASs and eVTOLs
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)
05-13 September 2022, Nicolosi, Italy – Convective and Volcanic Clouds (CVC) detecting, monitoring and modeling
18-20 October 2022, Toulouse, France – Towards Sustainable Aviation Summit (TSAS 2022)
18-21 October 2022, Barcelona, Spain – 12th EASN International Conference
14-17 November 2022, Lisbon, Portugal – Transport Research Arena (TRA2022)
30 November – 01 December 2022, Heilbronn, Germany – 10th European Aviation Conference (EAC)
05-09 December 2022, Budapest, Hungary – SESAR Innovation Days 2022

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

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 has been extended to 31 May 2022

Contest 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 registrations has been extended to 31 May 2022

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.