Droniada Future Forum

Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation together with the Mikromakro Institute Foundation is creating the first foresights of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market in Poland. In response to the challenges facing the unmanned technology industry, both institutions – by organizing online seminars, reports and a scientific and business conference – create a space for discussion and exchange of experiences in the use of drones in various sectors of the economy. The first event will take place on February 29, 2024.

What is foresight? It is a forecast defining visions of the future. Foresight aims to identify future needs, opportunities and threats related to the development of the industry in the following aspects: technology, legal regulations, business and social acceptance.

Foresights, organized by the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation together with the Mikromakro Institute Foundation, will allow us to determine what stage of development the Polish drone market is, including what challenges it faces. It is also an opportunity to learn about the needs of representatives of various industries in which the use of new technologies and drones is an impulse for further development of key sectors of the Polish and global economy.

Future scenarios are created for the following sectors:

  • Logistics and transport.
  • Monitoring and inspection.
  • Precision agriculture and environmental protection.
  • Emergency and law enforcement services.

Open online seminars organized by the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation will be used to develop foresights which will include discussions between experts and representatives of various industries.

– The unmanned aerial vehicle market is at a turning point. On the one hand, it is characterized by great potential, including the possibility of application in various sectors of the economy. On the other hand, from January 1, 2024, flights in a special category can only be carried out by a drone equipped with an active and current remote identification system, and it becomes possible to perform operations in accordance with standard STS scenarios. Moreover, there are certifying institutions in Poland that have passed audits but cannot receive notification – says Sylwester Wyka, deputy director for research at the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation.

The next online seminar organized on February 29, 2024, will be devoted to the use of drones in logistics and transport. Subsequent meetings are planned on March 12 (monitoring, inspection, protection), March 21 (ecology and precision agriculture) and April 12 (emergency and law enforcement services).

Droniada Future Forum

The culmination of the virtual meetings will be the conference “Droniada Future Forum by Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation” organized on May 24, 2024. The scenarios will also become part of the debate on autonomous transport – robotic mobility, which is the motto of Droniada 2024, which will take place on June 4-9, 2024.

– Our goal is to integrate the scientific, local government and business communities in order to develop scenarios for the development of the drone sector in Poland. This is the first attempt of this type to develop solutions involving stakeholders from various sectors who use drones in their activities. It is also a look at the topic from different perspectives – economic, social and technological. We are creating an UAV ecosystem with the participation of drone service providers and recipients of these services, including representatives of various business branches and city authorities – explains Sylwester Wyka, deputy director for research at the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation.

Report on the drone industry

One of the elements that allows to take a broader look at the entire drone market is the industry report “The Storm. Drone Market in Poland. Edition 2024” of the Mikromakro Institute Foundation and the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation which is the titular partner of the publication and the study.

The report was created after the January debate in the European Parliament on the future of the UAV sector, in order to present the Polish market that has been operating for years to a wide international audience. It presents the UAV industry at a critical moment when EU regulations enter into force, which may slow down the development of innovation and cause the outflow of intellectual capital to Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The report can be downloaded free of charge from the Institute’s website.


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