Full theatre programme DAY ONE - 08 March
Full theatre programme DAY ONE - 08 March

Full theatre programme DAY ONE - 08 March

10:15 – 10:45​: iNM – EUROCONTROL’s NM Digital transformation 

Coordinated by: Tony Licu & Christine Most, EUROCONTROL​


The EUROCONTROL Network Manager (NM) has embarked on a Digital Transformation journey to replace its core legacy systems which have successfully ensured flow and network management for over 25 years. The long-term success of the ten-year iNM programme relies on more than system replacement, it requires a successful cultural transformation strategy across all partners. ​

This iNM – EUROCONTROL’s NM Digital transformation session is a great opportunity for you to interact with the major players of the iNM Programme as they will explain how they collectively partner to drive the Digital Transformation from a technical and cultural point of view. Stay tuned!​


  • Christine Most, iNM Change Manager, EUROCONTROL​


  • Tony Licu, Head of Digital Transformation Office, EUROCONTROL​

  • Sil De Gang, iNM Programme Manager, EUROCONTROL​

  • Jorge Mínguez Cortés, iNM Programme Deputy Director, INDRA​

  • Tafoor Raja, iNM Programme client executive partner, ATOS​

10:45 – 11:15: ARGOS: taking ATM to the next level with automation



By 2030, when air traffic has potentially increased by more than 20% compared with today’s traffic, MUAC’s ambition is to safely handle that traffic with the same number of controllers as today. In order to achieve this, automation is key. Controllers should focus on the real, challenging work, do what they are best at, and leave the routine work to the machine.​

In this context, MUAC’s automation strategy contains the following two objectives:​

  • Automated decision-making and execution support in complex tactical scenarios;​

  • Fully automated separation assurance in basic tactical scenarios.​

​The ATC Real Ground-breaking Operational System (ARGOS) is the key system in progressing towards achieving these objectives. ARGOS will issue the necessary operational clearances to safely handle basic traffic situations, and to aid the controller in handling complex traffic situations. ARGOS is also used in training to act as feeding sector in the ATC simulator, and as actor/assistant in controller self-training.​


  • Peter Hendrickx, EUROCONTROL MUAC​

11:30 – 12:30: Panel debate: Decarbonising aviation: Making net zero possible

Coordinated by: Frederic Claus, DG MOVE​

Description: Following an introductory speech, during which Salvatore Sciacchitano will provide ICAO perspectives on sustainability, Henrik Hololei will address the EU initiatives with reference to the Fit for 55 package and his views about a sustainable aviation. His intervention will be followed by a panel introduced by Raul Medina and focused on how we can harvest the 10% excess emission from inefficient navigation, with Research-Deployment-Operations perspectives.​

Moderated by: Andrew Charlton

11:30  Introduction speech by Salvatore Sciacchitano, President of the ICAO Council​

11:35  Interview of Henrik Hololei, Director General Mobility and Transport, European Commission ​

12:00  Panel introduction by Raúl Medina, EUROCONTROL’s Director General​

12:05  Panel on contributions to sustainability through: ​

  • research with Andreas Boschen, Executive Director of SESAR3 Joint Undertaking, ​

  • deployment with Mariagrazia La Piscopia, Executive Director of SESAR Deployment Manager and;​

  • operations with Iacopo Prissinotti, Director Network Management at EUROCONTROL ​

12:30 – 13:30: Opening of the stand followed by a reception in the presence of: 

  • Henrik Hololei, Director General of DG MOVE at the European Commission  ​

  • Andreas Boschen, Executive Director of SESAR3 Joint Undertaking ​

  • Mariagrazia La Piscopia, Executive Director of SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM)​

  • Raúl Medina, EUROCONTROL’s Director General ​

  • Olivier Silla, Head of Department Sustainable Networks and Investments at the European Climate Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)​

  • Anna von Groote, Director General of EUROCAE​

  • Christophe Vivier, Head of the Single European Sky Unit, European Defence Agency (EDA)​


  • EASA

13:45 – 14:15: Paving the way for ATM evolution: EASA specifications 

Coordinated by: Luca Capoferri & Janet Northcote, EASA​


EASA has proposed with Opinion No 01-2023 to streamline the certification of ATM/ANS equipment, paving the way for a much-needed evolution of ATM technology in Europe. The driving principle is the essential need to have a single and mutually recognised attestation of compliance of ATM/ANS equipment. This will enable a functional and efficient EU market for this equipment. The new framework also recognises the essential role and responsibility of the manufacturing industry in bringing solutions to the market that are fit for purpose and meet the required level of operational performance. The detailed specifications enabling the attestation will be produced in the coming months (Subtask 3 of the RMT.0161). These are the key to unlocking all the aimed benefits of the new framework. EASA is engaging with industry at large to develop their content and will publicly consult them in Q2 this year​


  • Manuel Rivas Vila, Section Manager, ATM Oversight, EASA ​

  • ATM/ ANS Provider - TBD​

  • Manufacturer - TBD​


14:30 – 15:30: Panel debate:  Future air-ground connectivity to support aviation: how to avoid a predicted crunch and make aviation fit for the digital future?

Coordinated by: Frederic Claus, DG MOVE​

Description: This panel will propose a policy discussion on one of the most important upcoming decisions related to CNS deployment, focused on Communication. It will include an exchange of views on the strategic aspects (economic, safety, security, global interoperability, market design, incentives, civil-military cooperation,..) to be considered when rolling out the future connectivity infrastructure to support aviation applications (ATC, AIS, airline operations and aircraft autonomy). ​

Moderator: Christine Berg, Head of Single European Sky Unit, DG MOVE, European Commission​


Set the scene on capacity issue by Iacopo Prissinotti, Director Network Management, EUROCONTROL  ​

Panel discussion on interoperable long-term solution ​

  • Andreas Boschen, Executive Director, SESAR3 JU ​

  • Rachel Daeschler, Certification Director, EASA ​

  • Christophe Vivier, Head of the SES Unit, EDA​

  • Anna von Groote, Director General, EUROCAE​

Panel discussion on Operations / Service provision – how do we get there ?​

  • Mariagrazia La Piscopia, Executive Director, SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM)​

  • Airlines representative​

  •  Charlotte Neyret, CEO ESSP​

15:45 – 16:15: The advent of AI in Aviation and ATM: Exploring the military and civil dimensions

Coordinated by: Maria Peteinoudi (EDA)​


With the advent of the unveiling fourth industrial revolution, AI is poised to play a major role in the aviation industry. The integration of AI into air traffic management, military air operations, crewed and uncrewed aircraft has the potential to revolutionize the way we fly and operate today. AI can improve air traffic flow, reduce risk and increase safety by analysing vast amounts of data, providing real-time traffic updates, and predicting potential issues. In military air operations, among others, AI can aid in decision-making, enhance situational awareness, and support in real-time decision-making, leading to more efficient and effective missions. AI can also play a critical role in drone operations by improving safety and reliability, while also supporting regulatory compliance. By leveraging the power of AI, we can achieve a safer, more efficient, and more regulated aviation industry.​


  • Joao Caetano, Project Officer UAS Programmes, European Defence Agency​


  • Hannes Alparslan, Project Officer Aviation Cyber, EDA​

  • Stephen Hanson, Aerospace Planning and Security, Aerospace Capabilities Defence Investment Division, NATO ​

  • Paul Bosman, Head of ATM Infrastructure Division, EUROCONTROL​

  • Athanassios Tziolas, Head of Department Air Traffic, EASA​

16:30 – 17:30: Panel debate: Implementing the European drone strategy 2.0: Adapting airspace capabilities ​

Coordinated by: Nicolas Eertmans & Frédéric Claus, DG MOVE​


With the applicability of the U-space framework, and the publication of the related Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material, the conditions are set to enable to start of a harmonised rollout of U-space across Europe. The European Commission will first introduce the Drone strategy 2.0 and then the discussion will focus on airspace integration. The panel will discuss the actions needed to ensure that the U-space establishes itself as an open and efficient system in a competitive environment, enabling the full realisation of the objectives set in the Drone Strategy 2.0.​


  • Filip Cornelis, Director Aviation, DG MOVE, European Commission ​

Panel speakers

  • Joachim Luecking, Head of Aviation Safety Unit, DG MOVE, European Commission ​

  • Benoît Curdy, Head of Strategy & Innovation, Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), Switzerland ​

  • Jan-Eric Putze, CEO, Droniq​

  • Patrick Amar, Head of Drones Programme, EUROCONTROL ​

  • Christophe Vivier, Head of the Single European Sky, European Defence Agency (EDA)​

17:45 – 18:15: Space in ATM 

Coordinated by: Antonija Katusic, EUSPA ​



  • Carmen Aguilera, Head of section Operational Market Development and critical applications, EUSPA​


  • Steven Moore, Head ATM Network Operations Division, EUROCONTROL ​

  • Olivia Nuñez, ATM Expert, SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking​

  • Nathalie Le Cam, New Air Mobility and Space, EASA​

  • Vincente Frutos, Project Officer SESAR implementation, European Defence Agency​

  • Charlotte Neyret-Gigot, CEO, European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP)​