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Become part of the European_Academia@EASA conference 2023!

Calling all PhD students from European universities & research entities

Call for abstracts

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency EASA - along its mission to maintain the highest level of safety standards for EU civil aviation - faces new societal, environmental, and technological transformations that require to adapt its competencies, methodologies and processes to accompany those transformations. The EASA Scientific Committee, composed of leading members of European academia and institutions in aeronautical research, support the Agency in its evolution to face new challenges and accompany the transformations.

The first European_Academia@EASA conference will be held on 23-24 March 2023, , aiming to federate the partnerships between the Agency and prestigious European Universities and academia, while advancing and disseminating knowledge in new and emerging fields relevant for aviation.

In order to share and discuss the most advanced scientific developments, the EASA Scientific Committee invites with this calls for abstract the PhD students to share concepts, and results on scientific developments that may contribute to the future development of the EASA expertise in scientific and technical domains linked to research, innovation, and disruptive technologies.

The selected students will be invited to the first European_Academia@EASA conference to present their work to the EASA Scientific Committee and a high-level panel of aviation experts from both Industry and Aviation Authorities. The conference is the first step to launch regular technical exchanges of PhD students with key Universities and academia as well as with EASA aviation experts and many other experts from the aviation world.

For the first European_Academia@EASA conference, PhD students are invited to submit an abstract presenting their project and the obtained results with relevance of interest in the following areas:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) in aviation
    • Development of applications integrated into civil aviation products along EASA AI roadmap, including validation and verification solutions
  • Impact of climate change and extreme weather phenomena on the air transport system
    • Methodologies and tools for assessing the impact of changes to weather phenomena on civil air transport system components and operations
  • Environmental sustainability of air transport (emissions, noise, air quality, other nuisance, ...)
    • Methodologies and tools to assess the impact of aviation products and operations and the proposed mitigations
  • New approaches and methods for safety risk management in aviation
    • New methods, tools to support safety analysis, risk identification and management, safety culture

More information on the event will be communicated in due time.

Who can take part?

Call for abstractsPhD students from European universities and research entities who are at an advanced level of their PhD topic, with preliminary results to present, can take part. Abstracts should contain no more than 500 words and should be submitted as a Word document. Additional information from PhD students is requested. All details can be found under 'Submit your abstract'.

How does the selection process work?

Apply buttonPhD students have until September 30, 2022 to submit their application. During the selection process, the abstracts will be reviewed by the EASA Scientific Committee taking into due account the innovative dimension of the scientific work presented in the abstract.

The main selection criteria are relevance and significance to the proposed research areas for the conference (see above), the innovative nature of the work as well as the scientific quality of the approach and methods used.

Following the evaluation the students whose abstracts are selected will be invited to the European_Academia@EASA conference 2023, where they will have the opportunity to present and promote their ideas to the EASA Scientific Committee, the EASA aviation experts, aviation stakeholder representatives as well as scientists from other organisations.

Results of evaluation and invitations to present at the conference will be shared by end of December 2022.

Participation to European_Academia@EASA conference 2023

The conference will take place as an in-person event in Cologne. For more information on the event, please visit our event page.

The details for the registration will be available in the next months. The Agency will not reimburse travel expenses for the participants.

Apply now!

Applications must be submitted using the on-line application form available below. Deadline for all applications is September 30, 2022

Submit your abstract

Any questions?

EASA compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for applicants that might come up. Please consult them for more information. Alternatively, if you need additional support, please do not hesitate to contact us at phd_scheme [at] easa.europa.eu.