New dates announced for Amsterdam Drone Week and EASA high level conference 29-31 March 2022

Amsterdam Drone Week (ADW) Hybrid and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) conference on drones originally scheduled to take place in mid-January 2022 will now be held on 29-31 March 2022. The new date offers partners, speakers and attendees from around the globe more certainty to travel to the event and meet in person again, says ADW.

The event will stay hybrid, meaning live (in-person) and online accessible. During the three-day event there will be an extensive programme on the main theme: Adding value to society with Urban Air Mobility. Two stages from which livestreams will be broadcasted daily and live and online matchmaking through the ADW Virtual platform. In the exhibition hall attendees can visit the Showcase area, ADW Xpert Theatre and hospitality lounges.

ADW Hybrid and the simultaneous EASA High Level Conference on Drones were originally scheduled for January in RAI Amsterdam. Due to the stricter rules in various countries, it is challenging for many partners, speakers and attendees to travel at this moment. “However well we would be able to reach out to the world virtually with our existing Hybrid set-up, we also know that there is a great need from the industry to be able to meet in person again after such a long time,” says Paul Riemens, CEO RAI Amsterdam. “The uncertainty of the current Covid situation poses a serious challenge to holding this event in January in the way we had intended. We have therefore decided to delay the event until late March, in the hope that by then the pandemic will allow the presence event which so many in the drones community are longing for,” says Patrick Ky, Executive Director EASA.

The first day of the EASA high level conference on drone is dedicated to the theme: UAM becoming a reality. After the welcome and official opening by Patrick Ky, Executive Director at EASA, Adina Vãlean, the Transport Commissioner European Commission and Henrik Hololei, Director General for Mobility and Transport, three panel discussions on the central theme are planned in the afternoon. The second day of the conference will be devoted to technical workshops, giving attendees opportunities to discuss their questions in an open Q&A setting. Subjects under discussion will be the application of the guidelines related to design verification of UAS, technical requirements on vertiports, U-Space implementation and UAM Infrastructure.

Nynke Lipsius, Director ADW: “The last months we have been working backstage on a safe and hospitable event. We have to be realistic at this point in time and understand the current feeling of uncertainty and hesitation. Moving to March gives us more certainty to meet all partners’, speakers’ and attendees’ concerns.”

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