The Need to Know

Information sharing is a key principle of Aviation Security (AVSEC). However, the challenge is to balance the need to restrict the information to the appropriate stakeholders with the need to maximize its availability to those who can benefit from such information. During the two-day Symposium, participants will explore the issue of the theme: AVSEC information sharing - “The Need to Know''.

Industry Day (26 November 2018)

Prior to AVSEC2018, "Industry Engagement Day" will bring together a select group of key policy and decisions makers to participate in roundtable discussions and interactive dialogues. This international platform will serve as a catalyst for collaboration and two-way communication amongst industry, research and academic institutions, and Member States regarding aviation security (AVSEC) technology and innovation policy discussions. 

The Global Aviation Security Symposium (27 - 28 November 2018)

AVSEC2018 will take place over two days and all sessions will be conducted with simultaneous interpretation in the six ICAO official languages. A mobile application will be available for download and will include detailed information on speakers, sessions, and logistics. This application will also be used for real-time audience polls, session evaluations, and networking between attendees. 

AVSEC2018 will provide a unique opportunity for participants to request private meetings with delegates from other States, civil aviation and airport authorities, stakeholders and industry leaders through the ICAO Meeting Service Platform.

An interactive exhibition will be set up outside the meeting hall with representatives from States, manufacturers, airports, airlines, and other related industries

ICAO Global Aviation Security Symposium 2018 (AVSEC2018)


Learn More About AVSEC

AVSEC2018 will bring together AVSEC professionals from around the globe to advance the cultivation of a new mind-set towards aviation security, one that embraces AVSEC as a culture beyond a set of standards.


Meet with our subject matter experts, representatives from our Member States, Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs, embassy Consular staff, International Organizations and many more.

An interactive experience showcasing the latest technologies, products and processes. Participants will get a first-hand experience of the future
of aviation security.

Innovative Exhibition

SkyTalks offers a unique opportunity to reach ICAO’s niche audience of high level civil aviation stakeholders. The taped presentations will be edited and released to the public on and ICAO’s associated social media platforms, reaching hundreds of thousands of aviation professionals online.



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Aviation Security at ICAO Headquarters

Sponsorship & Exhibition 

Frequently Asked Questions

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The address and venue map are listed below. Once you are registered for the event, you will also receive a confirmation email with a location map and link to the participant handbook.

How can I get to the venue?

The cost of accommodation and travel is not included in the event registration, sponsorship and/or exhibitor fees.  Click here for a list of hotels in downtown Montréal.

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Dr. Fang Liu 

Secretary General, 


Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu 

President of the Council, 


Mr. Vladimir Chertok

Deputy Director, 
Federal Authority for Transport Oversight, Ministry of Transport, 
The Russian Federation

Mr. Oscar Rubio

Director, Aviation Security, Airport Security Police, Argentina

Ms. Poppy Khoza

Director General, 
Civil Aviation Authority, 
South Africa

Ms. Angela Gittens

Director General, 
Airports Council 
International World

Five Key Themes

Promote the implementation of an effective security culture in order to enhance the global aviation system, which is critical to achieve sustainable outcomes. The existence of a well-trained, motivated and professional work force is a critical prerequisite for effective aviation security. A strong security culture must be developed from the top management across and within every organization.

Aviation Security Culture

Enhance understanding of aviation security risks for the development and implementation of policies and risk mitigating measures that are effective, proportionate and sustainable. Undertaking risk assessments will help to identify and prioritize gaps and vulnerabilities, which can then be urgently addressed in the most practical way possible, and with optimal use of resources.

Vulnerability versus Threat: Risk-based Mitigation

Encourage States and stakeholders to devise, establish and share new and innovative ways to implement security policies and sustainable aviation security measures through people, process and technology innovation.

Security Processes and Technological Innovation

Implement effective and sustainable quality control and oversight systems at the international, national and airport levels.

Effective Quality Control and Oversight Systems

Strengthen cooperation and sharing of information and best practices between and among States and stakeholders while enhancing capacity-building partnerships in view of the No Country Left Behind initiative. This will ensure assistance activities effectively counter threats to civil aviation and address security issues, so that all States have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe, secure and reliable air transport.

Capacity Building and Enhanced Cooperation

Ms. Sonia Hifdi

HeadDirectorate General 
for Civil Aviation France

Supporting the ICAO No Country Left Behind (NCLB) Campaign

Networking Platform

Tabletop Exercises

Capacity Building Workshops

This event will be a great platform for connecting State officials, government bodies, civil aviation authorities and industry leaders. ICAO is providing the unique opportunity to reserve State to State, State to Business and Business to Business meetings.

Join ICAO’s efforts in assisting States in implementing Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) by attending our auditing and assistance workshops, learning from our experts and meeting with government officials and industry stakeholders.

Interactive workshops based on practical applications will be strategically integrated throughout the programme to complement the AVSEC2018 experience.

The Table-top Exercises (TTXs) will evaluate the tools and processes available to respond to emerging threats. The end goal of the TTXs are to identify gaps in apprehending and responding to aviation security incidents while implementing appropriate mitigating security measures to counter them through multiple scenarios based on real-world experience.

Mr. Henrik Hololei

Director-General, Mobility and Transport, European Commission, European Union

  Mr. Matthew Vaughan

Director, Aviation Security, IATA

 Dr. Harry Martz

Director, Center for Non-destructive Characterization Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mr. Ademola Oladele

 Head, Aviation Security, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority

Mr. Oren Sapir

President, ICTS Europe Holdings

Ambassador Philippe Bertoux

Chair, ICAO Committee on Unlawful Interference and Representative of France on the Council of ICAO





 Mr. Alan Tan

Vice President, Aerodrome Safety & Aviation Security, Changi Airport Group, Singapore

Chair, ACI World Security Standing Committee

Vice Admiral 
 David P. Pekoske

Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, United States

HE Saif Mohammed Al-Suwaidi

Director General, General Civil Aviation Authority, United Arab Emirates

Mr. Philippe Rainville,

President and 

Chief Executive Officer, 

Aéroports de Montréal, Canada

Mr. Hugo Porter

Chair, ICAO Aviation Security Panel, Civil Aviation Authority, New Zealand

Mr. Bernard Lim

Director, International 
Relations and Security, 
Ministry of Transport, Singapore

Mr. Mark Rodmell

Representative of United Kingdom on the Council of ICAO


ICAO Headquarters in Montréal, Canada
27 to 28 November 2018

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Session S: Security Processes and Technological Innovation 

Participate in workshops, demonstrations, and discussions about the latest technologies and innovative security processes, including a Smart Security showcase. Through these sessions, benefit from the experiences of others in all areas related to screening.

Session E:  Effective Quality and Oversight Systems

Determine how effective quality control and oversight systems can be established in a State. Look at the interrelationships among airport, national, and international quality control and oversight programmes with a view to identifying areas for cooperation and improvement.


Wednesday, 13 September

Session S: Security Processes and Technological Innovation 

Gain insights into sustainable security measures and innovative practices including human factors, behaviour detection, landside security measures, and explosive detection dogs.

A viable national or local risk assessment must be based on an
accurate and up-to-date threat assessment. However, information sharing is often hampered by dissemination restrictions invoked by intelligence agencies. During these discussions, participants will explore the necessary level of detail to be shared between States and with industry, the conduit for sharing this information, and
acceptable data protection measures.

Innovative Exhibition!

Presented 9:00 - 17:00  throughout the symposium.



Innovative Exhibition!

Presented 9:00 - 17:00  throughout the symposium.


Session 1: Risk Awareness

Session 2: Security Culture

Robust application of enhanced security measures depend on
engagement of the front line employees. Concerns about the ‘insider threat’ highlight the potentially negative implications of providing detailed information to an employee who has been corrupted. Participants will discuss the positive and negative
consequences of disseminating threat information to all employees involved in aviation.

Session 3: Technology and Innovation

The aviation security regime is highly reliant on technology solutions to ensure accurate, expedient threat detection but specific data are often highly classified. This impedes the ability of manufacturers to ensure new technology that can provide the necessary detection capabilities. During the dialogue, experts will discuss current constraints affecting rapid development and possible solutions.

Session 4: Quality Control and Oversight

Because of the interconnected nature of commercial aviation, shortfalls in one airport could be exploited by a malefactor, resulting in an attack on another State. Participants will debate the establishment of a stronger aviation security oversight regime so that effective countermeasures can be implemented more comprehensively to protect each State’s citizens.

The GASeP implementation targets reflect increasingly more
robust levels of security over the next 12 years. These goals can only be realized through partnerships between contributing and recipient Member States. During these discussions, participants will explore how such arrangements can be brokered and the information exchange that must ensue.

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Session 5: Capacity Building

Session 6: Implementing the GASeP

Following an accelerated development and review process, the Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) provides foundations for a global aviation security framework. ICAO Regional Offices held aviation security conferences and tailored Roadmaps were developed to guide achievement of GASeP’s aims and objectives. During this session, Member State and Industry representatives will discuss observations and experiences during their implementation activities.

Key Themes

Each session’s topic aligns with one of the GASeP priority outcomes and provides an opportunity for extensive audience participation and exchange of implementation case studies and experiences.



As the global forum for cooperation among its Member States and the world aviation community, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) sets and evolves Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) supporting safe and reliable air services all over the world. Presently, there are over 12,000 such Standards and provisions contained in ICAO's 19 Annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).

ICAO Standards help to harmonize global air transport activity supporting social and economic development and the broader connectivity needs of global travellers and businesses. This helps to foster peace among world nations and peoples while improving general prosperity levels everywhere that aircraft can fly.


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