Leaders from government and industry are meeting in Brussels, March 22 and 23 at the Unmanned Systems Europe Conference, hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), to discuss the integration of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, into the European airspace. The conference, which is taking place at the Sheraton Brussels Hotel, will examine a range of issues on advancing the global UAS community and promoting harmonization of regulation, integration and culture.

Speakers scheduled to address the conference include:

  • Jacqueline Foster, a member of the European Parliament.
  • Trevor Woods, certification director of the European Aviation Safety Agency.
  • Koen De Vos, senior drone expert with DG MOVE – Mobility and Transport, European Commission.
  • Ron van de Leijgraaf, senior policy advisor for Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
  • Mike Gadd, policy specialist with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of the International Civil Aviation Organization RPAS Panel.
  • Earl Lawrence, director of the UAS Integration Office, Federal Aviation Administration.

“AUVSI is committed to fostering a global community of business leaders, researchers and policymakers that work together to advance unmanned systems,” says AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne. “These key stakeholders are convening at Unmanned Systems Europe to promote regulatory harmonization and a landscape of innovation across borders that are necessary for the international unmanned systems community to continue to grow and thrive.”

About AUVSI

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.