Photo: Richard Unten / Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Richard Unten / Wikimedia Commons

​Over the last years, the use of drones in the civilian airspace has increased dramatically, opening up some opportunities and leading to a wide range of new security challenges, as illustrated by the numerous incidents observed in Norway in recent weeks. 

In response to this proliferation, significant international, regional, and national efforts have been undertaken to develop regulations to integrate drones safely into civilian airspace.

What security problems arise from drone proliferation in the airspace, and how will this problem-set change as automation and artificial intelligence become more widespread?

What are the frames, scope and boundaries of the discourse regarding the promises and risks of civil-drone integration? How can Norwegian and EU authorities adapt regulatory frameworks to integrate drones into the civilian airspace while maintaining high safety, security and privacy standards?

This international seminar gathers international experts from around the world as well as key stakeholders in the Norwegian landscape. The situation in Norway will be the theme of the breakfast session on Friday 25 November, which will be addressed by representatives from key government agencies and ministries.


Thursday, 24 November 2022

13:00 – 13:10 Opening remarks

13:10 – 14:15 – 3D Security: Safety and Security in the Civilian Airspace

Chair: Bruno Oliveira Martins, PRIO, and RegulAIR project leader

Address: Jan Otto Johansen, Oslo Police

                Comments: Kristin B. Sandvik and Arthur Holland Michel


14:15 – 15:45 – The EU context: Regulation and Politics

Chair and Discussant: Lise Endregard Hemat, PRIO

                Samar Nawaz, PRIO

                Chantal Lavallée, Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Canada, and PRIO

                Bruno Oliveira Martins, PRIO 


15:45 - End of Day 1


Friday, 25 November 2022

8:30 – 10:00 - Breakfast seminarDrones over Norway: Opportunities, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

Introduction: Torunn Tryggestad, Deputy Director, PRIO

Chair: Bruno Oliveira Martins, PRIO, and RegulAIR project leader

Jacob Bjelland, state secretary, Ministry of Transport

Mats Gjertsen, Avinor

Anders Martinsen, UAS Norway

Eivind Raknes, Civil Aviation Authority Norway

Christian Brunsvig, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)


10:00 – 10:10 – Break

10:10 – 11:00 – Drone imaginations

Chair and discussant: Katharina Wuropulos, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

                Anna Jackman, University of Reading, UK

                Kathrin Maurer, Center for Technology and Culture, University of Southern Denmark


11:00 – 12:15 – Urban Spaces

Chair and Discussant: Anna Jackman, University of Reading

                Christian Perrone, Institute for Technology and Society, Rio de Janeiro

                Philip Durnford, Smart City, Stavanger Municipality        

                Kristin B. Sandvik, University of Oslo and PRIO


12:15 – 13:30 Lunch break


13:30 – 14:45 Technological Futures

Chair and discussant: Chantal Lavallée, Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Canada, and PRIO

                Arthur Holland Michel, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

                Bruno Boucher, Nordic Unmanned


14:45 – 15:00 Wrap up and conclusion