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11 October 2017 
12:00 - 16:30, Brussels


Doors open, lunch available



Welcome by Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union, Ronald van Roeden

The Permanent Representation of the Netherlands hosts the event.


Welcome by Eddy van Hijum, Member of the Executive Council of the province Overijssel

The province Overijssel is one of the public founding partners of Space53, the unmanned systems cluster located in the Twente region


Opening by Frances Robinson, moderator


Key note Stefano Stramigioli, ​Professor Advanced Robotics, Twente University

About macro perspective on technological development of unmanned systems, the economic potential thereof, and Europe's position vis-a-vis other countries.


​Key note Michiel Heldeweg, Professor of Law, Governance & Technology, Twente University

About current research on regulatory experimentation in relation to drones.


​Key note by Yves Mortier, Principal Advisor to the Flight Standards Director, EASA

About EASA's perspective on regulatory framework in relation to testing


Break 15 minutes


​Panel discussion about 'the missing link'. Panel members:

  • Volker Ziegler, Nokia

  • Matthijs van Miltenburg, MEP ALDE Group.

  • Joshua Salsby, Cabinet Member aviation policy, EC DG MOVE

  • Nico Nijenhuis, CEO Clear Flight Solutions

  • Vincent Richir, Policy Manager France & Southern Europe, DJI

  • Ron van de Leijgraaf, policy advisor, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Enviroment, the Netherlands


Reflection on the conference results by Onno van Veldhuizen, mayor of Enschede and Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General DG MOVE.



​Closing remarks, drinks, networking and information fair





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A living lab on regulating the testing of drone technology

The main goal of the conference is to raise European and national policymakers’ awareness and knowledge levels regarding the development of unmanned systems. In particular, we aim to discuss the early phase of technology development by discussing the case of the example of Space53.

The technology development requires joint innovation and testing before a widespread implementation and operation of new unmanned systems and use-cases, and a lack of regulation is disturbing and delaying this important phase in Europe.

The conference will help to set a European strategy regarding harmonised regulation on the testing of new drone technologies.

There will be an information fair at the conference, with limited stands available, which can be visited by conference participants during lunch, break, and closing drinks. If you’re interested to exhibit your organisation, please contact Lodewijk Buschkens for more information:


Permanent Representation of the Netherlands

Avenue de Cortenbergh 4 - 10

1040 Brussels

Exhibiting organizations (so far):

  • University of Twente

  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences

  • ROC Vocational Education

  • Clear Flight Solutions

  • Your organization here?


The missing link: Regulating the Development of Unmanned Systems

Shaping the future with technology

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