Amsterdam Drone Week 2023 – DRONELIFE

This year, Amsterdam Drone Week 2023 Hybrid Event and the co-located EASA High Level Conference on Drones will take place March 21 -23.  Register here to be part of Europe’s most important industry event, and a global center for the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) community.

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The fifth edition of Amsterdam Drone Week (ADW) Hybrid and the EASA High Level Conference on Drones will focus on connecting cities and regions with drone technology, Urban Air Mobility, and a special Dutch Drone Day.  With regulators and stakeholders from across Europe, ADW offers a forum for the top innovators in the industry to exchange ideas and discuss the future of regulations, use cases, and implementations.

Innovative Air Mobility connecting cities and regions

Innovative Air Mobility will connect more remote communities with the economic opportunities within cities. It will also enhance transport options and services such as inspection, emergency and security by drones, saving time and investment in infrastructure and people. During ADW Hybrid the global UAM ecosystem gathers to co-create and co-operate to move UAM forward.

EASA High Level Conference on Drones

During the first two days of ADW Hybrid, the EASA High Level Conference on Drones will take place simultaneously. This year the central theme is ‘Back to the future of safe UAS operations’.

Highlights of the program are:

  • the UAS Regulation implementation with an extensive review of lessons learned, challenges and opportunities,
  • the building of an IAM ecosystem and setting up a realistic implementation program implementation,
  • U -space and airspace integration steps.

For EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky,  the fifth edition of Amsterdam Drone Week will be the last in his current role. Ky contributed to the creation of a  successful event and, together with RAI Amsterdam, has developed ADW into the leading meeting place for UAM professionals in the world.

“In the past five years, this sector has developed into an industry that the world can no longer ignore,” says Ky. “I am proud of the fact that we have been able to create this together and that we have managed to steer developments in the right direction. We couldn’t have done that without the contributions from everyone who has been there in the past five years.”

What’s new?

A number of new components are being added to the ADW format this year, including a dedicated Cities and Regions Area where Amsterdam, Paris and Japan will show their advanced UAM plans to the world.

  • Amsterdam is investigating what food delivery can add as a service in crowded areas. Just Eat Takeaway, part of, in collaboration with Dutch Drone Delta, has begun testing meal delivery over the river IJ in Amsterdam.
  • Paris is preparing for the innovative mobility that goes beyond ground infrastructure. Paris will be flying medical, cargo and passenger transport during the 2024 Olympic Games. Pilot testing has already begun for the event, and the goal will be to establish two flight paths to fly in the densely populated city during the international event.
  • Japan will start flying unmanned drones at the end of this year after a successful testing period. No pilots are involved while these drones fly freely over people in urban areas. The Japanese government is now preparing for flying cars at the Osaka Expo in 2025

Use case & Solutions pavilion

 The Solutions Pavilion is built around the pillars Inspection & Maintenance, Public Safety & Emergency Services, Security & Counterdrones, Surveying & Mapping and Last Mile Logistics

In addition, topics such as Mobility Management & SUMP, Legal and Societal Stakes for Innovative Air Services, U-space implementation and risk assessment, Integrated Skies and Funding and investment will be discussed during information sessions.

The last day of ADW Hybrid (March 23) is entirely dedicated to the Dutch UAM community during the Dutch Drone Day organized by the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.


The Amsterdam Drone Week (ADW) is a joint initiative of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and RAI Amsterdam. This platform aims to bring the global UAM eco-system together to co-operate on urban air solutions. Theme this year is ‘Innovative Air Mobility connecting Cities and Regions’. We are proud that Airbus, Boeing, KPN, the City of Amsterdam and Groupe ADP are our Founding Partners, and that we work closely together with CANSO, UIC2/CIVITAS, World Economic Forum, GSMA, GUTMA and ERTICO. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, European Commission and ICAO actively support ADW. The annual EASA High-level Conference on Drones is part of the Amsterdam Drone Week.


For the first time in ADW’s five-year existence, a reduced rate applies to Authorities and Governmental bodies: Request your reduced tickets at:  DRONELIFE readers, register here to attend the ADW Hybrid Event and EASA High Level Conference on Drones.

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Miriam McNabb

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry.  Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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