SESAR Innovation Days 2020 – Call for Contributions now open!

Call for Contributions (papers, posters and exhibits):

This year’s SESAR Innovation Days (SIDs) will be hosted by HungaroControl and take place at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary, on 07-10 December 2020. The SIDs are based on an open call soliciting contributions from ATM research. Exhibitions and poster, keynotes and networking events will provide further opportunities to learn about interesting projects and meet like-minded researchers.

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 2020.

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

Poster/exhibit submission deadline: 14 September 2020

Paper submission deadline: 30 September 2020

Download the Engage presentation from last year’s SIDs ‘Overview; delivery in 2019; getting involved 2020’ (2MB)

Engage thematic workshops

● The Engage thematic workshops (details here) kicked-off in autumn 2018 and are linked with the thematic challenges. Further details and booking information for the second series of workshops are now in progress. Locations and topics are:

05 November 2019, Brussels, Belgium – Engage workshop – Efficient provision and use of meteorological information in ATM
12 November 2019, Madrid, Spain – Engage workshop – Novel and more effective allocation markets in ATM
02 December 2019, Athens, Greece (co-located with SIDs) – Engage workshop – Data-driven trajectory prediction
10 November 2020, Vienna, Austria – Engage workshop – Vulnerabilities and global security of the CNS/ATM systemrescheduled due to COVID-19

● We’re working on bringing you a comprehensive list of other workshops and events. Meanwhile, please note:

13-14 May 2020, Berlin, Germany – ICARe final workshop – Greening of aviation, an International Challenge for Aviation in 2050
08-10 June 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – OPTICS2 3rd workshop – Towards SAFE and SECURE Urban Air Mobility

SESAR Digital Academy

● U-space webinar sessions (registration):

28 April 10.00-11.00: From concept to reality
28 April 14.00-15.00: Taking up the U-space challenge
30 April 10.00-11.00: Demonstrating U-space


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 will be hosted by the EUROCONTROL Institute of Air Navigation Services (IANS), Luxembourg, and will take place in late summer 2020. Further information about the second summer school.

Competitions and awards

2020 Anna Valicek Award competition

Submissions are invited for the 2020 Anna Valicek graduate student paper award competition sponsored by AGIFORS (the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies):

The Anna Valicek award recognises original and innovative research in the application of operations research to airline and/or airline related business problems. The award honours the late Anna Valicek who served for many years as a member of the AGIFORS council. Up to two finalists will be selected and will receive air transportation, accommodations, and registration fees to attend the Annual Symposium to be held in Toulouse, France, to present their work. The winner will be awarded a silver medal and a USD 2500 prize. The other finalist will be awarded a bronze medal and a USD 1000 prize.

The award competition is open to applicants who:
● have written the paper while pursuing a graduate degree, specifically either a master of science, master of business administration, or doctoral degree with a research thesis in the area of operations research, engineering systems, air transportation or management science,
● are the major contributor of the paper,
● have been a registered student on or after 01 June 2019, and
● have not already submitted the same paper at a previous Anna Valicek competition.

2020 Anna Valicek Award submission deadline: 01 June 2020

SESAR Young Scientist Award 2020

Applications open for SESAR Young Scientist Award 2020:

The SESAR Young Scientist Award 2020 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 award contest is open to any scientist (Batchelor, Master or PhD) working in the abovementioned fields and who are citizens or residents in an EU Member State or an Associated Country to the Horizon 2020 research programme (H2020).

Up to three short-listed applicants will be invited to attend the SESAR Innovation Days 2020 (SIDs), which will take place 07-10 December in Budapest, Hungary. During a dedicated ceremony, they will be invited to present their research to 300 of Europe’s top academics in ATM and aviation, after which the winner will announced and presented with a prize of EUR 5000.

NOTE: The SESAR Joint Undertaking will refund the short-listed applicants attending the SIDs for their travel and accommodation costs.

YSA 2020 application deadline: 06 September 2020


Coming soon …

● European postgraduate university programmes (descriptions of courses offered, typical numbers of postgraduate students, numbers of faculty and other authorised research supervisors, etc.).
● Key contacts.

Jobs and internships

Now moved to a dedicated jobs and internships page.