Written by Joscelyn Turner, ADS Media & PR Officer

This week saw another successful edition of Farnborough International Airshow Connect. Presented by FINN and supported by ADS, the second annual online event offered aerospace and defence professionals a place to connect and collaborate together to progress developments in key industry issues, with pivotal and insightful discussion.

The inspiring event saw 60 international speakers from across academia, industry and Government deliver 15 engaging, online sessions over 3 days. ADS was delighted to see many members participate and showcase the UK’s world-leading aerospace and defence expertise.

Aviation & Aerospace

The future of air travel post COVID-19 and sustainability dominated discussions. On Wednesday, the Chief Technology Officers of Airbus, Boeing, GE Aviation, Raytheon Technologies, Rolls-Royce and Safran discussed and set the aerospace sustainability agenda, focused on reaching net zero by 2050. In conjunction with this discussion, ADS launched an infographic illustrating the route and industry’s commitment to achieving Net Zero Aviation emissions by 2050.

Watch the FINN day 2 wrap up here:

Defence and Space

Sustainability, rapid development, and the importance of collaboration between industry and government were all dominant themes. When discussing defence in a competitive age and the future of Space security, all panellists agreed that collaboration and cooperation in industry is the way forward.

Watch the FINN day 1 wrap up here:

Diversity and Skills

Diversity and Skills was the final theme for FIA Connect. Panellists discussed the importance of attracting young talent to industry, offering mentorship and tailoring business to attract and retain skills. The Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter hosted a session where panellists offered views on how PRIMEs and SMEs can build a balanced and resilient workforce and achieve diversity and inclusion in industry.

Watch the FINN day 3 wrap up here:


If you missed any of the sessions or would like to re-watch sessions on-demand, you can still register or access the online FIA Connect platform here.

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