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The first Cranfield aircraft accident investigation course ran in cooperation with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in 1977. Since then, Cranfield University has established itself as a centre of excellence for aircraft accident investigation and has trained more than one thousand investigators using a unique combination of academic instruction, practical simulations and the experience of investigation professionals.

In 2004, the Centre widened its scope to work with investigators from the rail and marine sectors through its Fundamentals of Accident Investigation course and in 2005 launched the world’s first MSc programme for air accident investigators.

Today the Centre consists of 12 academic staff with a focus that has widened to include all aspects of multimodal safety and accident investigation including: safety management; flight data; human factors; unmanned aerial systems; airworthiness and more.

To celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the course, the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre is organising a two-day conference on the 16 and 17 November 2017.


Accommodation is available onsite, please contact the venues direct to book.

Mitchell Hall

Event Programme

09:00 Arrival and registration
10:00 Welcome from Professor Sir Peter Gregson
10:10 Event Overview and welcome from Prof Graham Braithwaite During the morning of the first day you will have the opportunity to view laboratories and view the state of the art equipment we use, as well as ask the academics and researchers questions around the work that we do: Eye tracking, motion capture and computer aided design simulation modelling Laser scanning and drones The Accident investigation laboratory
12:50 - 14:00 Lunch and networking, in our newly opened Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) We will also share with you our Future Plans and research facilities
14:30 - 15:30 Workshops session Hosted by Rolls-Royce and AIRBUS
15:30 - 15:45 Tea and Coffee
15:45 - 16:45 Workshops session UAS and the future – Pete McCarthy and Stu Gilmartin Ballistic Recovery Parachute safety – Fabian Steinmann SAFETY CULTURE & CORPORATE LIABILITY: WHAT’S THE LINK, WHAT’S THE SOLUTION? - Anthony Lawrenson
16:45 - 17:00 Closing remarks from Yani Asmayawati
18:30 Pre-dinner drinks
19:30 Dinner (CMDC)

Location and travel details

IMEC, Cranfield MK43 0AL

How to find us


Free to attend *To mark our 40th Anniversary and as part of this two day conference we will be hosting a celebratory dinner for all delegates to attend should they wish. The cost of this dinner is £40 and upon registering for this event you will be directed to a payment page if you would like to come to the evening event. Transport to and from the dinner will be provided from certain locations