SESAR Innovation Days 2022

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 12th edition of the SIDs was held on 05-08 December 2022 and hosted by HungaroControl at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.

With the event coinciding with the closure of several SESAR 2020 research projects, the 2022 event proved to be a valuable event, showcasing the latest research and innovation results 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 next SESAR Innovation Days will take place in Seville, Spain, from 27 to 30 November 2023.

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 were held in 2021:

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

19 January 2023, virtual event – Future Aviation Connectivity (session 1)
26 January 2023, virtual event – BEACON final dissemination event
26 January 2023, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Stakeholder Forum on the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at European airports and how these fit with air traffic growth
27 January 2023, virtual event – Modus final dissemination event
01 February 2023, virtual event – Future Aviation Connectivity (session 2)
14 February 2023, Vienna, Austria – SESAR VLD3-W2 SORT visitor day for “Wake Decay Enhancing Concepts”
15 February 2023, virtual event – EUROCONTROL Stakeholder Forum on a common unit rate for air navigation charges
16 February 2023, virtual event – SESAR PJ.13-W2 ERICA results achieved during the execution of ACAS Xu exercises
17 February 2023, Sofia, Bulgaria – SESAR PJ.02-W2 AART integration and enhancement of surface management services open day
27 February 2023, virtual event – SESAR PJ.13-W2 ERICA detect and avoid assessment open day
28 February 2023, virtual event – SESAR PJ.34-W3 AURA Cluster 1: ATM and U-space operating safely through SWIM middleware open day
02 March 2023, Vienna, Austria – SESAR PJ.34-W3 AURA Cluster 2: Assessing the feasibility of information exchange via ATM U-space interface open day
07 March 2023, Geneva, Switzerland – SESAR PJ.05-W2 DTT Close-out meeting
21 March 2023, Brussels, Belgium – SESAR PJ38-W3 ADSCENSIO and PJ18-W2 4D Skyways joint dissemination event
28-29 March 2023, Brétigny, France – SESAR PJ.02-W2 AART project final event
29-30 March 2023, Bari, Italy – CORUS-XUAM final workshop
22-23 May 2023, Brétigny, France – EUROCONTROL Air Transport Innovation Network “Promote” event

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)


02-03 February 2023, Brussels, Belgium – EUROCONTROL Network Manager User Forum 2023
08-10 March 2023, Geneva, Switzerland – Airspace World 2023
22-23 March 2023, Brussels, Belgium and virtual – Clean Aviation Annual Forum (CAAF 2023)
23-24 March 2023, Cologne, Germany – 1st European_Academia @EASA conference 2023
30-31 March 2023, Toulouse, France – 4th Symposium on Aviation Research (SoAR)
16-19 April 2023, Bertinoro, Italy – 3rd Aerospace PhD Days 2023
20-21 April 2023, Brussels, Belgium – FlyAI Forum 2023
05-09 June 2023, Savannah, USA – 15th USA/Europe ATM R&D Seminar
07-08 June 2023, Brussels, Belgium – 10th Safety forum 2023 – Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations
03-05 July 2023, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 11th EUROSIM Congress
12-14 July 2023, Guimarães, Portugal and virtual – 21st International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (PAAMS’23)
05-08 September 2023, Salerno, Italy – 13th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation and Space for opening New Horizons
06-08 September 2023, Milan, Italy – European Transport Conference 2023
27-30 November 2023, Seville, Spain – SESAR Innovation Days 2023

Summer schools

To coordinate with other Engage activities, such as catalyst-funded projects and PhDs, the four-day summer schools were 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.


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.