Symposium - Emerging Technologies in Aviation and Tourism

date and time icon 30 May 2024 9:30 AM  to  5:00 PM Location of Event Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

Hosted by Edinburgh Napier's Tourism Research Centre, the Emerging Technologies in Aviation and Tourism Symposium is a free. one-day event, that will bring together researchers and tutors of all career stages, industry practitioners, and other individuals with an interest in aviation and tourism.

Guest Speakers

This event is convened by Pavlos ArvanitisAssociate Professor of Tourism and Aviation Management at Edinburgh Napier's Business School, with the following guest speakers:

  • Vicki Miller, Director of Marketing & Digital, Visit Scotland
  • Amanda Wrathall, Sales & Marketing Director, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

Structure & Format 

This event will have guest talks from our academics experts at Edinburgh Napier University, as well as from industry. There will be parallel sessions in the morning and afternoon. We ask on registration, you indicate which of these sub-themes sessions you are interested in attending.

The sub-themes are:

  1. Airlines: Emerging Technologies in operations, booking, customer relations, revenue, route planning, fleet management (not limited to the ones stated)
  2. Airports: Emerging Technologies in operations, customer relations, revenue, route planning, security processing (not limited to the ones stated)
  3. Tourism: Emerging Technologies in customer relations, revenue, destination development, and promotion (not limited to the ones stated)
  4. Destination and Attractions Management: Emerging Technologies or practices or related to Destination and Attractions Management

This in-person only symposium is supported by Edinburgh Napier University’s Researcher Development Fund and there will be no cost or fee to attend. It will be held at our Craiglockhart Campus in Edinburgh.

A networking lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Further details on guest speakers and the full agenda are currently in development and will be shared soon.

Advanced registration at this symposium is essential. Join the guestlist here >


Call for Contributions 

This call for contributions is open to anyone attending the event, though you are not obliged to submit a contribution; everyone is welcome!

We are particularly keen to extend this welcome to research students, those in the relatively early stages of their careers, and freelance workers. You have important experiences to share, whether by submitting a response to this call for contributions, or by attending the various sessions on the day.

Structure and format

There will be parallel sessions in the morning and afternoon. We ask that you nominate one of these sub-themes for your work, but we are happy to take a broad and open interpretation of how you choose to do so. You are not expected to appear in both sessions of a particular sub-theme, but equally, you are most welcome to request this. 

The sub-themes are:

  1. Airlines: Emerging Technologies in operations, booking, customer relations, revenue, route planning, fleet management (not limited to the ones stated)
  2. Airports: Emerging Technologies in operations, customer relations, revenue, route planning, security processing (not limited to the ones stated)
  3. Tourism: Emerging Technologies in customer relations, revenue, destination development, and promotion (not limited to the ones stated)
  4. Destination and Attractions Management: Emerging Technologies or practices or related to Destination and Attractions Management. 

Each parallel session will feature a ‘led’ component, shaped by members of the Tourism Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier, and designed to generate discussion. The ‘open’ elements of each session are over to you.

We welcome submissions of all kinds, such as the following formats:

  • Academic conference-style papers
  • Presentation of report findings, from academic, industry, governmental or other sources
  • PhD students are very welcome to present their work (at whatever stage)
  • Panel discussions or dialogues
  • Outlining of potential research projects, if you are looking to develop your ideas in a friendly environment
  • Pitches for collaboration, if you are looking to work with interested parties
  • Case study presentations of your work, such as sustainability projects or organisations that you have been involved with 

Contribution timings

We anticipate a maximum time limit of 15-20 minutes for each contribution. You can request a shorter slot, such as five minutes for a case study that we can place between longer items. If you just want to say hello to the room, and see if there are people in attendance with shared interests, that would be fine! As noted above, please let us know if you would like to appear in one or both sessions of a particular sub-theme.

Instructions for submissions

Please follow the following guidance to submit your proposal(s) for the symposium:

  • Please submit a short abstract / proposal (250-300 words) for your contribution to tourismresearch@napier.ac.uk by Sunday 28 April 2024. 
  •  Be sure to note your preferred sub-theme, from the four listed above.
  • Include your Name, Affiliation and title of contribution. Please use Arial 12, 1.5 spacing.
  • Include guidance as to the format of your contribution, and any other relevant details. 
  • Let us know if you wish to contribute to both the morning and afternoon sessions on your chosen sub-theme.
  • A decision about your submission will be emailed to you by the end of April 2024.

Advanced registration at this symposium is essential. Join the guestlist here >