Organised for the industry, by the industry, and operated by the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation in association with the Air Traffic Control Association, the World ATM Congress 2013 takes place at the Madrid Congress Centre – and includes three unmissable opportunities.

1. High-level conference

The conference programme provides a unique platform for discussing the future of air traffic management, bringing together the world’s foremost aviation leaders to share insights, views and expertise on priority issues and challenges facing the industry. The conference theme for 2013 is ‘Augmented reality: moving to a transformed global ATM system’.

It will feature industry leaders including Roberto Kobeh González, ICAO council president; Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of IATA; and Angela Gittens, director general of Airports Council International.

2. Robust exhibition hall

The world’s top aviation and ATM organisations can be found in the exhibit hall at World ATM Congress. Delegates are invited to meet 150 companies from organisations responsible for creating and delivering the future of air traffic. While there, they will have the opportunity to network with contemporaries from around the globe and make valuable connections.

For a full list of exhibitors, visit, which provides a gallery of products and services.

3. Free education

The World ATM Congress features an unprecedented amount of free educational initiatives. Leading aviation professionals will be participating in interactive forums and roundtables, and involved dialogue is encouraged throughout the event.

With a wide variety of representation and multiple areas, the presentation theatres are as follows:

  • Spotlight Stage: the Spotlight Stage offers product presentations from industry partners.
  • Airbus ProSky Theatre: the Airbus ProSky ATM Theatre features roundtable discussions involving participating organisations.
  • Aviation Arena: the Aviation Arena includes both presentation and roundtable discussions.

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Speakers from EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, will discuss the outcome of the ICAO ANC/12, how to align the ensured global plan, key technological developments and global standardisation needs.

European Space Expo

The European Commission has launched the European Space Expo to show how space and its applications provide benefits to Europe’s citizens. The expo will highlight the critical role of the EU in space and space-based technologies.


SESAR Joint Undertaking will present a general forum entitled ‘From Innovation to Solution’, as well as workshops covering the following topics: ‘SWIM: becoming a reality’, "How SESAR JU contributes to SES performance’ and ‘RPAS integration in ATM’.

Argus 3D Workshop

Argus 3D (Air Guidance and Surveillance 3D) is a three-year collaborative project funded by the EU. The participants have developed an innovative, low-cost, interoperable radar-based system.

University of Madrid: ‘Bridging the Gap between policy, industry and academia’

On 14 February, the final day of the World ATM Congress, the University of Madrid will present a workshop entitled ‘Bridging the gap between policy, industry and academia’.

The aim is to help interested stakeholders better understand the current status of the cooperation between academia and industry, and what can be done to close the gap between them.

World ATM Congress 2013, 12-14 February, IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Find out more at