Welcome back to ESA ESTEC in The Netherlands!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the next European Navigation Conference will take place from 21-24 May 2024 at ESA ESTEC in The Netherlands. Building on a very successful event in 2023, ENC2024 will be brought to you as a collaboration led by RIN, with support from the Netherlands Institute of Navigation and across the European Group of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN).

The central role the ESTEC facility plays in European navigation missions and innovation makes such a fitting venue for the ENC. We would like to thank the European Space Agency (ESA) for their continued support in extending the opportunity to meet again at ESTEC in Noordwijk for ENC2024.

The main theme of the conference is Resilient Navigation. While the 20th Century was focussed on the provision of ubiquitous and accurate Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), the 21st Century’s focus has shifted to ensuring that PNT services may be trusted and are reliable and resilient. As we move to more and more systems that are either fully automated, or are automated to the point of human complacency, there is now wide recognition of the need for PNT systems that will operate in unprecedented threat-challenged environments (both civil and military); continuously provide usability and integrity status; fail very rarely; and when they do fail, do so safely, securely and elegantly.

Overall navigation system resilience requires the vulnerabilities of not only the core systems but also those of associated systems and data to also be addressed, including mapping information, related databases, routing/path definition, guidance and control.

The ENC 2024 Resilient Navigation theme addresses:

  • The current state-of-the art in terms of resilience across all modes of navigation (on land, at sea, in the air and in space)
  • Planned and current mitigations to known vulnerabilities and other factors to increase resilience, including systems approaches and operational

Papers for the conference are invited which address this core theme, from all perspectives, including technical, operational, legislative/regulatory matters and human factors.

This will be a broad and inter-disciplinary conference for every professional with an interest in the fields of positioning, navigation and timing: scientists, technicians, policy makers, and above all, users.

John Pottle
Director, RIN

Professor Terry Moore OBE
Chair, EUGIN

Bart Banning
President, NIN