Drone-related events of 2021 – where do we meet this year?

Updated: Feb 11

The pandemic is still looming over us, but the world of drones is flying forward. See the list of the most important events in the drone sector in 2021.

There will be a better time to assess the impact of the pandemic, lockdown and the new mode of

daily life on the drone industry. But the numerous events that will take place this year will surely be

an opportunity to exchange experiences and forecasts.

So where is it worth being, what is worth following, who is worth listening to? Check the worldwide drone events list for 2021 and be sure to book your place!


Event: RPAS in Australian Skies 2021

Type: conference, exhibition

Location: Canberra, Australia

Date: March 10-11, 2021

Description: The Australian Association for Unmanned Systems’ “RPAS in Australian Skies 2021”

conference is an important strategic event aimed at the continuing discussion on the safe integration

of RPAS into Australian Airspace.  It is supported by key government and industry participants and

has established itself as a landmark event in the Australian RPAS calendar. RPAS in Australian Skies

2021 will be a hybrid event incorporating face to face (live) and online (virtual) choices for


The conference will include both formal presentations and audience interactive panel sessions. There will be an opportunity for international virtual presentations streamed to the conference as well as virtual attendance. In addition, there will be exhibition space for exhibitors and sponsors.

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Event: ICAO DRONE ENABLE Symposium 2021 (DRONE ENABLE 2021)

Type: conference

Location: Virtual/Online

Date: April 13-15 and April 20-21, 2021

Description: ICAO DRONE ENABLE 2021 Virtual Symposium will continue to see key stakeholders

from industry, academia, government and international organizations in the unmanned aviation

sector come together to exchange best practices, lessons learned, research material and challenges

related to the introduction of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and UAS traffic management (UTM).

Days 2, 3 and 4 of the symposium (14, 15 and 20 April) will feature those speakers who

comprehensively responded to the problem statements in this year's Request for Information (RFI) regarding the advancement of the ICAO UTM framework.

The symposium will showcase the breadth of existing technologies, ongoing research and

development, as well as describe commercial and non-commercial activities in this rapidly evolving

sector of the aviation industry.

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Event: Drone X Trade Show & Conference

Type: conference, exhibition

Location: London, UK

Date: May 26-27, 2021

Description: The Dronex Trade Show & Conference is the largest event in the United Kingdom

dedicated to UAV products, parts, accessories and services. At the Dronex Trade Show & Conference you can reimagine the possibilities of unmanned vertical flight, and take a first-hand look into the latest technological advancements. Hear from professionals in the industry, sharing their knowledge, stories and advice, covering a whole multitude of UAV topics.

Providing an incredible opportunity to discover the latest industry trends and technological

advancements, through an assortment of over 200 manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting in 2021.

Choose from over 100 seminars, where key individuals and experts in their fields will share their

knowledge, stories, and advice, covering a whole multitude of UAV Topics.

The show will also feature a DroneX Cinema Experience as well as the fast-paced and exciting Live

Demo Area.

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Event: The 2021 Int´l Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (IUCAS 2021)

Type: conference, workshops

Location: Athens, Greece

Date: June 15-18, 2021

Description: ICUAS ’21 presents a unique opportunity to meet, interact and shape the future of

unmanned aviation, worldwide. The major themes of the event are: AI and autonomy for UAS/RPAS, UAS/RPAS design for safety, reliability and resilience, unmanned – manned swarms, aerial manipulation, and technology standards, all contributing to building high-confidence systems.

National and international organizations, agencies, industry and authorities work towards defining

roadmaps of UAS/RPAS expectations, technical requirements and standards that are prerequisite to

their full utilization.

The event aims to bring together different groups of qualified representatives worldwide,

organization representatives, funding agencies, industry and academia, to discuss the current state

of unmanned aviation advances, and the roadmap to their full utilization in civilian and public

domains. Special emphasis will be given to research opportunities, and to ‘what comes next’ in terms of the essential technologies that need to be utilized to advance the state-of-the-art.

ICUAS’21 is a four-day event, starting with Workshop/Tutorial sessions (day 1), followed by a three- day Conference (days 2-4).

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Event: Japan Drone 2021

Type: exhibition, conference

Location: Chiba, Japan

Date: June 14-16, 2021

Description: The event is organised by the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association (JUIDA)

along with the Congrès Inc. Japan Drone 2021ー Expo for Commercial UAS market Composes from two streams: exhibition part and conference part. Event is dedicated to drones producers, services using drones and Revitalization & smart cities projects. The organizers predict to host cca. 300 exhibitors and cca. 15.000 visitors.

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Event: UNVEX’21

Type: conference, exhibition

Location: Compostela, Spain

Date: July 7-9, 2021

Description: UNVEX is the largest drone event taking place in Spain. From its origins, Unvex is

designed to respond to the demands of a fast-growing market, such as that of autonomous systems,

and does so in a format that includes conferences, exhibitions and demonstrations. Leading companies in the sector and their professionals demand meeting spaces where they can look for

novelties and share concerns.

In this sixth edition, UNVEX will focus on a promising market: public services. Increasingly,

governments and local authorities are looking for efficient solutions to provide better services to

citizens, from environmental protection, rescue, emergencies or access to remote areas.

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Event: InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition

Type: exhibition, conference

Location: Dallas, USA

Date: August 10-12, 2021

Description: InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is the leading

conference and educational platform convening the global commercial UAV community. InterDrone

will present UAV professionals with the tools, connections, and education they need to accelerate

growth and innovation for both themselves and their businesses.

InterDrone 2021 is a three-day live event experience featuring keynotes, panel discussions, fireside

chats, business solutions, product showcases, live demos, a robust expo with top tier vendors and

thousands of commercial drone industry professionals.

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Event: Poznan Drone Expo

Type: exhibition

Location: Poznan, Poland

Date: August 31-September 3, 2021

Description: Thanks to the Poznan Drone Expo Forum, you will be able to get to know the most

important and most current issues of the drone industry, search for information about the industry

and its capabilities directly from the recognized specialists.

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Event: Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Type: exhibition, conference

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Date: September 7-9, 2021

Description: Commercial UAV Expo focuses exclusively on a finite number of industries, making it the most effective and efficient vehicle for owners and operators in those industries to access the most relevant education, contacts and industrial-grade technology and services. However, the conference program also includes deep-dive discussions and answer key questions that operators of all types are facing, including.

At Commercial UAV Expo Americas, hosts carefully develop conference topics in cooperation with an Advisory Board of esteemed professionals to focus on these kinds of real-world results. Organizers thoroughly vet prospective presenters to ensure they are the best in their topic area. The goal: to provide outstanding, actionable information on the critical issues industrial users face integrating or operating UAS to showcase what innovations are making a bottom-line difference today while also providing a glimpse at what’s coming next for UAS.

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Event: 15. International Conference on Drone Technology and Surveillance Drones

Type: conference

Location: Dubai, UAE

Date: September 29-30, 2021

Description: The event aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research

scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Drone

Technology and Surveillance Drones. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for

researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends,

and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Drone Technology and Surveillance Drones

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Event: UAV Show

Type: exhibition

Location: Bordeaux, France

Date: October 19-21, 2021

Description: UAV Show is the first European show of the professional drone. It is centered around the data collection, storage, processing, distribution, the form of the deliverable, the drone in the city and the operations of great elongation, the increased automation of artificial intelligence, robotics, etc, and the risk control.

In October 2021 the UAV Show will celebrate its 10 years and will take place in Bordeaux to

strengthen its show status leader in Europe.

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Event: DroneTech World Meeting Torun 2021 - BUSINESS, SCIENCE, MAN

Type: conference, exhibition

Location: Torun, Poland

Date: October 29-30, 2021

Description: DroneTech World Meeting Torun is the only event of this type continuously organized in Poland, named as the most important drone event in the country by the Polish Civil Aviation Office. The event provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience between scientists, entrepreneurs, representatives of central and local government, users, and enthusiasts of unmanned technologies.

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Event: Commercial UAV Expo Europe 2021

Type: exhibition, conference

Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Date: December 7-9, 2021

Description: The event is where the commercial drone community will gather to learn, connect, and

drive the industry forward. In addition to content about new opportunities and challenges the

industry is facing due to COVID-19.

Commercial UAV Expo Europe showcases the world’s leading commercial UAS technology from

airframes to sensors, software to services and more. Amsterdam Drone Week (ADW) showcases

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) solutions.

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