Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations

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Eurocontrol Headquarters, Brussels

The 2023 Safety Forum

The 10th Annual Safety Forum will take place 7 - 8 June 2023 in Brussels. The event is focused on Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations.

The Forum is organised by the Flight Safety Foundation European Advisory Committee together with EUROCONTROL and the European Regions Airline Association

Registration is now open.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience for Safe Operations

As demonstrated by the COVID-19 crisis, aviation industry resilience and vitality are in many areas constrained by the availability of suitably trained, qualified and experienced staff. The issue affects everyone – people on the sharp end in flight operations, maintenance, ground handling, air traffic control and airport personnel, as well as managers and other personnel on the blunt end. There has also been a loss of experience through normal retirement and through redundancies where alternative employment has proved more attractive than returning to aviation. At the same time, new realities in the industry and society, including paradigms for sustainable development, technological advances, new business models and new generations are bringing new demands for particular skills and knowledge.

Call for Presentations

The Organising Committee invites submissions to present as a speaker. The list below shows possible topics for the presentations:

Humans for Current Safe Operations

  • Lessons taken from the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., skill fade)
  • Dealing with staffing limitations and mitigation strategies
  • Understanding human performance and organisational factors
  • Mental health and peer support programmes

Humans for Future Safe Operations

  • Understanding new technologies and industry demands 
  • Updating skills and knowledge requirements in a changing industry
  • Dealing with minimum standard training and regulatory changes
  • How to attract, select and retain the right talent

The Path to Diversity for Safe Operations

  • Understanding diversity as a driver of resilience and innovation
  • Sharing practical approaches to support diversity for safe operations
  • Managing inter-generational knowledge transfe

Note: Presentation topics are not limited to the list above. If you have ideas or an innovative approach that might address any of the problems in developing and retaining knowledge, skills and experience within our industry, we would like to hear from you.

Speakers are expected to present for not more than 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 200 to 500 words. Such an abstract should make the key messages of the intended presentation absolutely clear in an initial paragraph.
  • Include the speaker’s photo and a bio of up to 200 words.
  • 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 Friday 10 March 2023. 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 5 April 2023. It will then be essential for all accepted presentations to be received by 18 May 2023.

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