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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.

Engage 2 seeks academic input on aviation curricula modernization

Rome, January 17th 2024 – Engage 2 is reaching out to the academic community in the aviation field to gather insights on how curricula can be adapted to align with upcoming trends in ATM.

The survey, accessible here, seeks to understand the perspectives of academic institutions and faculty on how ATM curricula can be modernized to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the future. The collected data will be utilized to inform academic decisions and ensure that aviation education remains relevant in a rapidly evolving industry.

A closer collaboration between academia and industry is essential for ensuring that the next generation of ATM professionals is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to meet the demands of the future. This survey is a crucial step in gathering valuable input from the academic community to guide our ongoing efforts to modernize aviation curricula.

The survey comprises a series of questions designed to assess the current state of ATM curricula, identify areas for improvement, and explore potential strategies for modernization. Responses will be kept confidential and aggregated to preserve anonymity.
Engage 2 encourages all members of the academic community to participate in this survey to contribute to the advancement of aviation education and the future of ATM. By actively involving academia in the modernization process, we can ensure that the next generation of ATM professionals is well-equipped to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead

Engage 2 at SESAR Innovation Days 2023

Rome, December 5th 2023 – In a remarkable meeting of Europe’s top Air Traffic Management (ATM) and aviation researchers, the SESAR Innovation Days 2023 in Seville saw the significant contributions from the Engage 2 project. The event, held from 27 to 30 November, was a hub of innovative ideas and groundbreaking research in the field.

Engage 2 marked its presence both in the poster exhibit and through a focused presentation by the Project Coordinator, Micol Biscotto, on the event’s final day. Micol Biscotto’s presentation shed light on Engage 2’s efforts in nurturing knowledge about future trends and fostering collaboration between academia and industry. At the SIDs Engage 2 also launched a survey to gather feedback on “The Impact of ATM Innovation on Academic Programmes” and presented the first four Engage 2 Thematic challenges selected by the Awards Board. The challenges are key areas of interest for upcoming Engage 2 initiatives, such as the call for PhDs and the call for Catalyst funding Projects.

SIDs 2023 Highlights

The SESAR Innovation Days, hosted by the University of Seville and supported by leading entities like SESAR 3 JU, ENAIRE, Indra, Ryanair, and AENA, featured an impressive array of 66 posters and 42 papers. These covered a broad spectrum of topics including safety and resilience prediction, climate-optimised trajectories, drone traffic management, and airport operations. The conference saw thought-provoking addresses by key figures like Andreas Boschen from SESAR 3 JU, Maria Luz de Mateo from ENAIRE, and Andrea Gentili from the European Commission. They emphasized the need for innovative thinking to address challenges like airspace capacity and climate change, and the importance of aligning research with policy needs. The event also celebrated upcoming talents through the SESAR Young Scientist Award, showcasing exceptional research by students and PhD candidates in aviation and ATM.

See you in Rome for the next edition of the SESAR Innovation Days!

Road to SIDs 2023

Rome, November 9th 2023 –  In the rapidly evolving world of aeronautics, the upcoming SESAR Innovation Days stand as a crucial event, especially for the activities associated with Engage 2. The SIDs are not just a gathering of minds but also a platform for significant announcements and opportunities in the field. The SESAR Innovation Days 2023 will take place in Seville (Spain) from 27 till 30 November, hosted by the University of Seville at the Faculty of Engineering.

At the forefront of these announcements is the unveiling of the thematic challenges gathered during the call closed at the end of October. These challenges reflect the current pressing issues in the ATM field and the innovative solutions proposed by professionals and researchers worldwide. The announcement of these challenges is eagerly anticipated, as it will set the direction for future research and development efforts in the sector.

Furthermore, the event will be a significant opportunity for the Project Coordinator of Engage 2, Micol Biscotto (Deep Blue) to showcase the upcoming opportunities that the project will launch in the coming months. One of the most notable opportunities is the call for support to PhD students, set to be launched in early December. This initiative underscores Engage 2’s commitment to nurturing new talents and supporting the next generation of aeronautical experts.

The importance of the SIDs in networking is under the sun. With the participation of major stakeholders in the sector, the event promises to significantly expand the community of Engage 2. This expansion is not just in numbers but also in the quality of interactions, collaborations, and knowledge exchange. SIDs 2023 is ready to be a hub of innovative ideas, collaborations, and partnerships that will contribute to building the future of aviation.
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Engage 2 lights up SESAR Annual Conference 2023 with innovative vision for future ATM

Rome, 13 October 2023 – The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking Annual Conference, a key event in aviation’s digital transformation, marked a central point for industry leaders committed to modernising air traffic management (ATM) and aligning it with EU climate goals. The gathering in Brussels, at the Sheraton Hotel in Brussels Airport, has been the occasion to meet relevant stakeholders and people working on other EU projects who could become active players in Engage 2 activities.

Engage 2 thrived in the conducive environment of the exhibit, fostering invaluable networking opportunities with other innovative projects. Such meetings are essential for catalysing collaboration and ushering in a new era of ATM improvements contributing towards a more efficient European airspace.

Crucially, the conference served as a platform for generating significant interest in Engage 2’s ongoing Thematic Challenge call, which remains open until October 31st, 2023. Stakeholders are called upon to propose challenges in the field of ATM that are not covered by SESAR projects yet.

Additionally, the consortium behind Engage 2 took the opportunity to circulate the questionnaire aimed at gathering insight into the major technological challenges faced in the realm of ATM. The information collected will provide valuable feedback and guide the consortium’s future strategies.

Engage 2’s vision is to bridge the ever-growing gap between industry and academia. As we speed into the digital age, where challenges are as frequent as the innovations to face them, there’s a distinct need for the next wave of aviation professionals to be well-equipped. Engage 2 stands out with its aim to to inspire, educate, and recalibrate the skills of these individuals, ensuring they are not just participants but leaders in the digital era of aviation.

As the SESAR Annual Conference attendees saw, Engage 2 is setting the standard for the future of ATM with its emphasis on innovative research.

Engage 2 is project of the month for the SJU!

Rome – 2nd October 2023 – SESAR has named Engage 2 Project of the Month for October 2023 recognising Engage 2 role in shaping the future of ATM research and innovation.

In its periodic e-News, SESAR has presented Engage 2 as the project that will foster knowledge transfer between academia and industry within the ATM sector thanks to all the activities that will be implemented in the coming four years. Read the e-news.

The Engage 2 Wiki has been highlighted as the initiative that will ensure a streamlined flow of information and resources across the field, designed to serve as a comprehensive repository of ATM research, featuring data from various completed SESAR projects.

Moreover, the support to SESAR initiatives like the SESAR Innovation Days and the Digital Academy was emphasised by referring to the achievement of Engage 2 predecessor, Engage KTN.

The 13th EASN International Conference in Salerno, a significant hub for innovation and collaboration in aviation

Rome, 13 September 2023The 13th EASN International Conference, held from September 5th to 8th 2023 in Salerno (Italy) concluded with success. This year’s event brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, gathering more than 400 participants from all over Europe’s most important aeronautics framework. The conference’s blend of academia, industry, and government representatives fostered comprehensive discussions, offering actionable insights for future advancements.

EASN, partner of Engage 2, planned the Agenda taking into consideration the importance of highlighting collaborative research’s importance in aviation. Collaborative research and the promotion of synergies between different aviation sectors are topics at the core of Engage 2, which aims to emphasise the need for a unified approach to address the complex challenges of the aviation sector.

Overall, the 13th EASN International Conference in Salerno marked a significant step in promoting collaborative efforts and innovative research in the field of aeronautics.

Engage 2 launches its new social media profiles

Rome, 3rd July 2023 – Engage 2 is set to expand its digital presence with the launch of two major social media platforms, X and LinkedIn. Stay ahead in the world of ATM by following our Engage 2 profiles, your go-to sources for the latest updates, insights, and developments in the field.

X,  the platform previously known as Twitter, will continue the legacy of the former Engage KNT. This transition represents a commitment to maintaining a strong connection with the already established community, providing ongoing updates and insights into the project developments.

In a strategic move to increase its reach, Engage 2 is also launching a brand-new LinkedIn profile. Over the next four years, this profile will serve as a dynamic hub for sharing the project milestones, disseminating news about relevant events and raising awareness about critical issues in the ATM sector. LinkedIn presence aims to foster a deeper understanding and engagement among professionals and stakeholders in the industry.

These social media channels are expected to become central in keeping the community informed and engaged, as Engage 2 continues to drive innovation and progress in the field of ATM.

Join our growing community today and be a part of the conversation shaping the future of aviation!

Engage 2: the new project to strengthen SESAR Digital Academy and Aviation Workforce Development

Rome – 16th June 2023 – The European project Engage 2 has just kicked off in Rome on June 13th and 14th. Building upon the achievements of its predecessor, the Engage Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), it aims to support the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking (S3JU) and contribute to the development and implementation of the SESAR Digital Academy (SDA).

The kick-off meeting in Rome set the stage for the consortium members to commence their collaborative efforts and solidify their commitment to advancing the aviation industry. Engage 2 aims to inspire, educate, and transform the next generation of aviation professionals, ensuring they possess the necessary skills to thrive in the digital era. By forging strong alliances between research and operational implementation, Engage 2 will undoubtedly contribute to the evolution of the SESAR Digital Academy and shape the future of air traffic management.

The SESAR Digital Academy, established by the SESAR 2020 Joint Undertaking, seeks to equip the next generation of aviation professionals in preparation for the digital economy. Engage 2 will play a vital role in this mission, leveraging the success of Engage KTN’s previous 4.5 years of work, while also welcoming new strategic partners to further enhance its capabilities.

Engage 2 will foster cross-fertilization of knowledge by drawing from other disciplines and encouraging innovative, future-oriented, and unconventional research within the domain of ATM. A central focus will be the further development of the ATM concepts roadmap, which will serve as a core element of the Engage wiki—a valuable resource for the aviation community. This collaborative effort will strengthen the ties between cutting-edge research and the operational challenges faced by SESAR.

Join the project on LinkedIn and Twitter and sign up to our community.