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2018 Safety Forum

EUROCONTROL, Brussels, 29 - 30 May 2018

The Focus

The 6th Annual Safety Forum will take place on 29-30 May 2018 in Brussels. This year’s event will be dedicated to Safety Behaviours. Safety behaviour is expected from all actors at all levels, from top management to operational staff. We will be looking into ways to improve and promulgate best practices across the wide spectrum of aviation domains. Without a doubt we can learn from each other.

The Forum is again being co-sponsored by the Flight Safety Foundation, European Regions Airline Association and EUROCONTROL. It will take place at the EUROCONTROL Headquarters where at least 250 front line professionals and those who train and manage them will be able to hear presentations and view posters on Safety Behaviours.

The Forum will consider industry best practice and functionality that can promote, improve, encourage and create Safety Behaviours. Although aviation can be proud of their safety records, still there are cases when pilots, controllers and management deviate sometimes from the existing procedures or need to act to ensure safety in the absence of procedure in non-nominal situations. During the forum we would like to have a frank discussion on the root causes of deviations from the established safety routines and how to influence safety behaviour and promote the development of safer and effective procedures.

Be a Part of it

We can accommodate up to 250 delegates at our Brussels venue and the proceedings of the Forum and all materials will be hosted on this portal on SKYbrary. Attendance at the Safety Forum is free of charge and will provide bespoke safety knowledge and intelligence. You are invited to Register your place now

Call for Submissions

The Organising Committee invites submissions to present as a Speaker or via a Poster. The list below shows possible topics for the presentations. Note: Presentation topics are not limited to the list below. Other topics are welcome.

Work-as-imagined vs work-as done

  • Understanding trade-offs and compromises
  • Drift and adaptation in work-as-done over time
  • Demand and capacity: Imagination and reality

Procedures, regulations, and other prescribed work

  • Regulation and reality
  • Procedures and practice
  • The limits of procedures
  • Developing flexible procedures

Safety management

  • Adapting reporting and investigation to improve understanding of work-as-done
  • Can we train safety behaviours?

New technology

  • Reconciling work-as-imagined and work-as-done in design and implementation
  • Involving users in design

Staffing and competence

  • Plan versus reality
  • Managerial and peer influence on safety behaviours


Speakers should expect to present for 20 minutes. Speakers' MS PowerPoint presentations will not need supporting Papers but, to enable the best possible Programme to be assembled, all submissions must:

  • Fully explain what the intended presentation will cover in between 400 and 500 words (speaker) or between 200 and 300 words (poster). Such an abstract should make the key messages of the intended presentation absolutely clear in an initial paragraph.
  • Include a bio of between 200 and 300 words.
  • If a prospective speaker, indicate whether they would wish their presentation to be considered for display as a poster if they are unsuccessful in the speaker selection process.
  • Note that submissions will be rejected if the Organising Committee considers that they are to be used as commercial advertising or as a business promotion effort.

The Closing Date for submissions is Wednesday 31st January 2018. All Abstracts and Bios must be submitted as MS Word Documents attached to an email sent from the address you wish to be used for communication to safety.forum@eurocontrol.int Receipt will be acknowledged.

The outcome of the selection process will be communicated on behalf of the Organising Committee by 23rd February 2018. It will then be essential for all accepted presentations to be received by 17th April 2018.

Event Organisation Committee

TBC