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Save the date for the first Hackathon in Madrid, 24-25 March 2025

Mark your calendars for an event you won’t want to miss! Engage 2 announces its inaugural hackathon, set to take place on the 24th and 25th of March 2025 in Madrid.

This event will bring together new talents to the aviation industry for two days of intense collaboration and creativity. Participants will have the opportunity to tackle the industry’s digitalization challenge, featuring a 24-hour coding session to tackle proposed ATM-related challenges.

Whether you’re a seasoned developer, a budding entrepreneur, or simply passionate about technology, the Engage 2 Hackathon promises to be an unforgettable experience. Stay tuned for more details and registration information coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you in Madrid!

Engage 2 Summer School rescheduled to January 2025

We regret to inform you that the first edition of the Engage 2 Summer School, initially scheduled for September 9th-13th, 2024, has been postponed. The Summer School will now be a Winter School, held from January 27th to 31st, 2025, at the University of Belgrade.

The reasons for this change are primarily organisational, related to the project-funded PhDs that will commence in the autumn of 2024.

Registrations for the event remain open; further details will be provided in the future.

This event is an excellent opportunity for students and professionals in the Air Traffic Management sector to deepen their knowledge and engage with industry experts.

We look forward to welcoming you in January!

Save the date | AI Flagship Workshop in Rome

Engage 2 announces the AI Flagship Workshop, set to take place in Rome on Monday, 11 November 2024. This event will be held just hours before the commencement of SIDs 2024, making it an important gathering for all SESAR-funded projects under the flagship initiative.

Before this event, a coordination online workshop will be held on the 20th September 2024.

The AI Flagship Workshop aims to foster enhanced collaboration among SESAR projects, bringing together key stakeholders, researchers, and industry experts to discuss advancements, share insights, and strategise on future initiatives. This workshop is an opportunity for participants to engage in discussions, explore innovative solutions and strengthen the network within the SESAR community.

The event will feature a series of presentations and networking sessions designed to maximise interaction and knowledge exchange. Participants will have the chance to showcase their work, learn from each other’s experiences and identify potential areas for cooperation.

We look forward to welcoming all SESAR projects and stakeholders to this event in Rome, where we will collectively drive forward the goals of the AI Flagship and continue to advance the future of air traffic management.

Stay tuned for further updates and detailed agendas as we approach the event date!

Join Engage 2 at SESAR Innovation Days 2024!

We are excited to announce our participation in the SESAR Innovation Days 2024!

Come to visit at our stand, where you will have the opportunity to meet all our project partners and, most importantly, test the first prototype of our innovative matchmaking app. This app is designed to allow students, universities and companies to create profiles and search for joint opportunities, fostering new collaborations and accelerating innovation.

Don’t miss this chance to explore and connect with leading minds in the industry!

First plenary meeting of Engage 2 in Vienna

The Engage 2 project successfully held its first plenary meeting in Vienna on 4-5 June. Hosted by Frequentis, the meeting was fully attended by all consortium partners. This event provided an important opportunity to review the achievements of the first year of the project.

The meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the project’s first year, highlighting the numerous initiatives that have been successfully completed. These include the launch of the first Call for Catalyst project funding and the PhD funding call. The partners also reviewed the results of various surveys conducted in recent months among industry stakeholders and academic representatives, expecially the insights gathered thanks to the open science survey in the ATM sector.

A key focus of the meeting was laying the groundwork for upcoming activities. The most imminent of these is the first Summer School, which will be held in Belgrade from September 9-13. Additionally, Engage 2’s involvement in the upcoming SESAR Innovation Days, which will take place in Rome from November 12-15, was discussed.

These discussions and planning sessions are crucial for ensuring the continued success and impact of the Engage 2 project as it moves into its next phases.

Engage announces successful closing of first call for Catalyst Funds, we have the seven winners!

Engage 2 is happy to announce the successful conclusion of its inaugural Catalyst Funds call. The quality and diversity of the applications reflect the dynamic innovation landscape and the willingness of both researchers and industry partners to work closely together.

The seven winners have been notified. Selected projects will benefit from financial backing and will have the opportunity to work in industry environments. This support is expected to accelerate the development of concepts, bringing them closer to market readiness.

The Catalyst Funds aim to bridge the gap between industry and research, fostering closer links in the early stages of concept development. By supporting promising ideas in their early stages, the programme helps them reach a higher level of maturity and readiness for further development and commercialisation.

Engage 2 extends its gratitude to all participants and looks forward to the continued success of the Catalyst Funds programme in nurturing innovation and industry-research collaboration. Stay tuned for updates on the next Catalyst Funds call!

Future aviation workforce needs revamp for technological transformation. The outcomes of Engage 2 panel discussion at Airspace World

Rome, March 28th 2024 –  On Thursday, March 21st, the panel Future Aviation Workforce and new skills for a transformative future, moderated by Veronika Takacs from Deep Blue and organised by Engage 2, took place during the event “Future skies: tomorrow’s voices” at Airspace World, in Geneva.

The panel was composed by prominent speakers, including Sharon Cooke, CEO of Airways International and Peter Kearney, CEO of AirNav Ireland. They discussed the necessary skill sets for meeting the demands of the future aviation sector. Diana Kelly, the Chief Human Resources Officer at NAV CANADA, Thomas Romig, the Vice President at Airports Council International (ACI) World and Ann Persson Grivas, CEO of Luftfartsverket (LFV) led discussions on potential career paths and identified the skills necessary to bridge the gap between the current and future workforce.

The session highlighted the importance of developing skills with agility to keep up with the ever-changing aviation industry. Participants highlighted the increasing importance of soft skills, especially in customer service, and the need to align skill sets with technological advancements.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a paradigm shift in workforce expectations, requiring a recalibration of recruitment and selection strategies. Initiatives are underway to redefine required competencies more frequently. The emphasis is on attracting passionate individuals who embody the evolving ethos of the aviation industry.

To attract young talents, the panel emphasised the need to use innovative platforms like TikTok for employer branding and engage with high school students to cultivate interest in aviation careers. Additionally, accommodating the evolving expectations of the workforce, such as offering customisable work environments and facilitating opportunities like sabbaticals, emerged as crucial strategies to appeal to the younger demographic.
The panel recommended fostering collaboration between industries and educational institutions to ensure a pipeline of skilled professionals. They suggested enhancing mentorship programs, supporting industry-backed master theses, and strengthening links between academia and industry. This should even extend to high school level partnerships.

Engage 2 takes centre stage at Airspace World 2024 with Future Skies: Tomorrow’s Voices

Rome, March 26th 2024 –  At Airspace World 2024 in Geneva, Engage 2 hosted the special event Future Skies: Tomorrow’s Voices. The event made a notable impact, and received significant attention from students and young professionals across Europe, as well as representatives from industry and academia.

Our exclusive Walking Tour was a highlight of the event. It was made possible with the support of SESAR 3JU. The tour provided participants with insights into our consortium’s partners and offered a sneak peek into upcoming events that Engage 2 will be organizing in the months ahead.

The event underscored Engage 2’s commitment to fostering dialogue and collaboration within the aviation community. Engage 2 is positioning itself as a key player in shaping the future of airspace innovation.

Engage 2 shares its survey on “Open Data and Science for ATM”

Rome, March 20th 2024 – In a bid to enhance collaboration between industry and academia within Air Traffic Management research, Engage 2 has launched a survey focusing on “Open Data and Science for ATM. The initiative highlights the important role of open science in driving European performance gains and growth in the field.

The survey is available here.

The survey, designed to gather insights from various stakeholders including industry professionals, aviation academics, students and policymakers, delves into three key areas: open data requirements, reproducibility and the formation of an open science alliance for ATM. Participating in the survey, which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, provides an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to the advancement of the field.

Engage 2 emphasizes the benefits of embracing an open science approach, which facilitates independent verification and validation of reported impacts and performance levels achieved in ATM. This approach advocates for open access to scientific methods, data, analytical code, and methods, as well as open review of research analyses.

Future aviation workforce discussed at Airspace World

Rome, February 19th 2024 –  The upcoming Airspace World conference in Geneva will host a panel discussion on the future of the aviation workforce and the new skills needed for a transformative future. The panel, titled “Future Aviation Workforce and new skills for a transformative future,” will take place on Thursday, March 21st 2024, from 11:00 to 11:50 at the Frequentis Theatre.

Moderated by Veronika Takacs, Human Factors Lead Consultant from Deep Blue, the panel will feature prominent industry leaders who will share their insights on the evolving landscape of the ATM workforce:

  • Sharon Cooke, CEO of Airways International
  • Peter Kearney, CEO of AirNav Ireland
  • Diana Kelly, Chief Human Resources Officer at NAV CANADA
  • Ann Persson Grivas, CEO of Luftfartsverket (LFV)
  • Thomas Romig, Vice President, Safety, Security and Operation at Airports Council International at ACI World and Chair of the Global Aviation and Aerospace Skills Taskforce “Developing the Workforce of the Future”

The discussion will address the challenges and opportunities presented by the advancements in technology and automation in the aviation industry. The panelists will explore the critical skills needed for future aviation professionals, including the understanding of evolving technologies and their application in ATM systems, data analysis and interpretation, skills to navigate complex situations and develop innovative solutions and the ability to adapt to continuous change and embrace ongoing learning opportunities.

Future Skies: Tomorrow’s Voices is an initiative organized by CANSO, Engage 2 and Firstfruits services aimed at inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals. The full programme of the day, available here, includes two forum sessions where graduates and students who have participated in the three-day event will be able to share their insights and concerns, fostering an open dialogue about their experiences and takeaways. There is also a second panel on the “Strategies for talent attraction and workforce diversity”, as well as a Career Fair, offering invaluable insights and networking opportunities in the aviation and air traffic management industries.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the future of the ATM workforce and shape your career path in aviation!