German Canadian Concourse 2017: Ascent of Autonomous Flying

Nov 24, 2017 | Montreal & Berlin

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Montréal (McCarthy Tétrault) – Berlin (Embassy of Canada)
24 November 2017


Ascent of Autonomous Flying

Technological, Regulatory and Economic Developments of
Germany’s and Canada’s Unmanned Aerial Infrastructure

The Ascent of Autonomous Flying is the topic of this year’s edition of the German Canadian Concourse – an innovative technology, growing in economic importance, and a complex topic from a legal and political perspective. The term autonomous flying is a broad term which refers to flying an aerial vehicle with little to no intervention of a pilot or operator. A popular example (with various degrees of autonomy) is a drone, the colloquial term for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

The primary focus of this year’s GCC will be on drones, their applications and the infrastructure into which UAVs are imbedded. While we are aiming to capture the full scope of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), we invite speakers and attendees to place the topic in a broader perspective. The introduction of unmanned vehicles in the air requires e.g. advances in technology, challenges the status quo in airspace management and operations, and raises social and environmental questions.

The GCC 2017 will investigate Germany’s and Canada’s approaches to further the development of an unmanned aerial infrastructure. We will compare regulatory initiatives paving the way to introduce autonomous commercial services in airspace and we will look into economic opportunities for business applications related to drones, along the following pillars:

  • Technology cooperation – Existing industrial and research collaboration and areas for expansion
  • Commercialization and entrepreneurial eco-systems – Business models and economic opportunity for growth in new and related business eco-systems
  • Airspace models – Approaches to introduce an unmanned aerial infrastructure
  • Regulatory aspects and security – Comparison of German and Canadian legislation and lawmaking initiatives
  • Social and environmental impact – Social acceptance and benefit

Date and Venue

The GCC convenes on 24 November 2017 in Berlin (Embassy of Canada) and in Montréal (McCarthy Tétrault) for a Transatlantic Symposium, interconnected via video conferencing.

The Networking Reception in Berlin will be hosted at the Permanent Representation of the Federal State of Bremen. The reception in Montréal will be co-hosted by Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
and the State of Bavaria Québec Office.

Additional information including list of confirmed speakers and panelists [pdf, 617.15k]

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