The Drone Age: Issues, Actors and Perspectives

22 Feb 2019 08:30
22 Feb 2019 16:15

You are cordially invited to participate in the conference which will be held on Friday 22 February 2019 at the Institute for European Studies, VUB in Brussels.

At the outset of the “Drone Age” with the comprehensive commercialisation of drones for leisure activities, and multiple applications for professional as well as business purposes, the European Union (EU) is setting up a new policy framework for drones. The EU’s core objective is to facilitate the safe integration of civil drones into the European airspace from 2019 on.

In this context, this timely conference will bring together researchers and stakeholders with different backgrounds to discuss the multi-dimensional implications and issues related to the upcoming “Drone Age”.


Friday, 22 February 2019

8:30 -9:00        Registration

9:00 - 9:10       Welcome and opening remarks, Chantal Lavallée, Conference Organiser, IES, VUB

                        Alexander Mattelaer, Academic Director, IES, VUB

9:10-9:45         Keynote speech

                        Giancarlo Crivellaro, DG MOVE, Aviation Safety Unit, European Commission


9:45-11:00      Panel 1: Drone imaginary and societal concerns

Moderator: Philip Boucher, European Parliamentary Research Service


  • Kathrin Maurer, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
  • Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, VUB, Brussels
  • Paul De Hert, VUB and Pradeepan Sarma, Brussels
  • Joaquín S. Esteve, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid

11:00-11:30    Coffee Break


11:30-12:45    Panel 2: Actors and practices

Moderator: Raluca Csernatoni, IES, VUB, Brussels


  • Samuel Longuet, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
  • Antonella Forganni, ESSCA School of Management, Angers
  • Chantal Lavallée, IES, VUB, Brussels
  • Bruno Oliveira Martins, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

12:45-13:45    Lunch break


13:45-15:00    Panel 3: Industrial and technological perspectives

Moderator: Yannick Quéau, Groupe de recherche et d’information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP), Brussels


  • Andrea Gilli, NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy
  • Maaike Verbruggen, IES, VUB, Brussels
  • Raluca Csernatoni, IES, VUB, Brussels
  • Océane Zubeldia, Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole militaire (IRSEM), Paris


15:00-16:00    Round-table with stakeholders: "Drones in the European Airspace: Users, Challenges and Potentialities"

Moderator: Daniel Fiott, EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) & IES, VUB


  • Alexandra Florin, Drones Project Manager, Executive Directorate, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Ludovic Legros, SESAR Joint Undertaking Programme manager for U-space
  • Christophe Vivier, Head of Unit Single European Sky/SESAR, European Defence Agency
  • Hendrik-Jan Van Der Gucht, Innovation Manager, Skeyes

16:00-16:15    Closing remarks, Chantal Lavallée, Conference Organiser, IES, VUB


Registration is now open

To register, please fill in the following online form.

The conference fee is 80EUR. Payments can be made via credit card (link) or bank transfer to the following account: IBAN Nr. BE50 0013 8819 7918, SWIFT CODE: GEBABEBB, address: Institute for European Studies, VUB, Pleinlaan 2.

Students and academics can register for free.

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