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2019 Safety Forum

EUROCONTROL, Brussels, 4 -5 June 2019

Call For Submissions

The 7th Annual Safety Forum will take place on 4-5 June 2019 in Brussels. This year’s event will be dedicated to Safety & Procedures. In aviation, Procedures are developed to ensure Safety. Our industry has volumes of procedures intended to cover all possibilities. But can we ensure safety by just expecting human actors to follow procedures? We are looking forward to exchanging ideas and experiences on the development of procedures, hear about real-life cases when adherence to or even a deviation from the established procedures saved the day or how pilots/controllers acted when encountering a situation not covered by any procedures. Without any 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 discuss the Safety Forum’s findings on Safety & Procedures.

The Forum will exchange industry’s best practice that can promote and improve the creation and application of safe procedures. During breakout sessions we will brainstorm ideas that can further improve the procedure creation and application process.

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

From drawing board to published regulation

  • Understanding how procedures are created and implemented
  • How needs for procedures are identified
  • How to provide sufficient background information to the sharp end
  • Regulatory role and influence

Procedural shortcomings

  • Situations not covered, control barriers not provided by procedures
  • Hazards, risks not identified by Safety Risk Assessments
  • Missing, Contradictory or unsafe procedures
  • Recovering from inadequate procedures

Technology & Science

  • Technological support in procedure creation
  • Applying scientific methods in creating procedures
  • Getting to grips with resilience – distinguishing normal and non-normal operation
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of procedures

Note: Presentation topics are not limited to the list below. Other topics are welcome.

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. 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.
  • 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 Thursday 31st January 2019. 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 25th February 2019. It will then be essential for all accepted presentations to be received by 26th April 2019.