ADW Hybrid 2021 will take place in January 2022


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A leading international platform for Urban Air Mobility, Amsterdam Drone Week, will this year, for the first time in its existence, occur not in December, but in January 2022. 

In close consultation with its partners, the organisation has decided the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Commercial UAV Expo – to delay the event until early 2022 due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel and the event industry. This date will offer partners, speakers, visitors and delegates more certainty that they will travel to Amsterdam and thus bring the worldwide UAM Community together.

“Although the fully online organised ADW 2020 was a great success given the circumstances, we prefer to see the fast-growing industry around drones and unmanned aircraft back in Amsterdam in person,” said Paul Riemens, CEO RAI Amsterdam. “Bringing people together is part of the DNA of RAI Amsterdam. To facilitate this in the best and safest way, we will make a one-off shift to January.”

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“Innovative Air Mobility is an area of intense activity for EASA. We are steadily putting all the rules in place for these operations and working on certification for these entirely new types of aircraft,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “The High-Level Conference at ADW is an important platform for discussions with a range of stakeholders on these developments.”

ADW Hybrid 2021

ADW Hybrid 2021 will therefore take place from 18 to January 20 2022. And it will be a hybrid event, meaning live and online access. During the three-day event, there will be an extensive programme and matchmaking facilities. New are the online speed networking sessions simulating live matchmaking in a controlled online setting. There will be two stages from which livestreams will be broadcast daily. During ADW Hybrid 2021, the EASA High-Level Conference will take place on 18, and 19 January and the Commercial UAV Expo Europe will be held on 19 and 20 January.

As in previous years, Amsterdam Drone Week works closely with mobile operators, GSMA, air traffic managers CANSO and GUTMA, the European Commission, various European cities, united in UIC2 (UAM Initiative Cities Community), the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, authorities and space agencies such as EASA, CAAS, FAA, NASA and NLR. And for the first time this year, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) is joining the conversation.

EASA High-Level Conference

The central theme of the EASA High-Level Conference will be ‘UAM becoming a reality’. The main topics are the Multi-Level Governance of Urban Skies; Integration of new entrants in Urban Airspace and overall U-space-ATM integration; Mobility Hubs: drone & eVTOL landing sites and vertiport. The outcome of the EASA Social Acceptance study and the status of the implementation of the key findings will be discussed. There will be presentations and discussions on concrete implementation projects. In addition, educational and more technical sessions, workshops, and round tables will be held on, among others: applying the guidelines related to design verification of UAS, technical requirements on vertiports, counter-drone technology, and U-Space implementation.

Commercial UAV Expo Europe

ADW Hybrid is in co-location with Commercial UAV Expo Europe. On January 19 and 20, 2022, all key players from the vertical industries will be showcasing live in the exhibition hall. For delegates, a conference programme will be held on the drone vertical industry segments: Construction, Drone Delivery, Energy & Utilities, Forestry & Agriculture, Infrastructure & Transportation, Public Safety & Emergency Services, Security and Surveying & Mapping. Additionally, the conference programme includes deep-dive discussions and answers key questions that operators of all types face.

Amsterdam Drone Week agenda 2021 and 2022

In 2021 two ADW Online Community events are planned before ADW Hybrid 2021. First, the ADW Industry update on Urban Air Mobility and the role of cities on July 1, 2021, and second the ADW UAM summit Americas on Urban Air Mobility Americas on September 9 2021, in co-location with Commercial UAV Expo Americas. Furthermore, the ADW Hybrid 2022 edition will occur again at the end of 2022, from November 29 to December 1, 2022. For more information, visit:

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