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

Once again, this year’s SIDs will host the annual Young Scientist Award, recognising young scientists, who have demonstrated excellence in ATM and aviation-related research fields.

Call for contributions

Researchers from universities, research institutions, airlines, air navigation service providers, airport operators and industry are invited to submit papers presenting exploratory research (up to 8 pages). Papers will be evaluated based on the innovative nature of the ideas, as well as the approach and methods applied. All papers (including SESAR contributions) will be triple peer-reviewed. The proceedings will be available for download in electronic format on both the event website and SESAR 3 JU website prior to the event. All SIDs papers are listed in Elsevier’s Scopus database.

The submission deadline for papers is 30 September 2022

Partners from both 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.

The submission deadline for posters is 15 September 2022

Further information and how to submit your contributions

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

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)


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
19-21 September 2022, Rome, Italy – European Modeling & Simulation Symposium (EMSS 2022)
12 October 2022, Brussels, Belgium – SESAR 3 JU 1st Annual Conference
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)
05-08 December 2022, Budapest, Hungary – SESAR Innovation Days 2022
23-24 March 2023, Cologne, Germany – 1st European_Academia @EASA conference 2023

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 2022

The SESAR Young Scientist Award 2022 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 2022 edition of the award is 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 2022, where the winner of each category will be publicly announced during a dedicated ceremony.

The deadline for applications is 04 September 2022

Contest rules and how to apply


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.