Think Safety

A Safety Workshop for Aviation Professionals

Next venue : 16-19 July 2019 | Nassau, Bahamas

Think Safety

IFATCA - the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations, in partnership with ICAO - the International Civil Aviation Organisation, present the 'Think Safety' workshop. An aviation safety workshop for aviation professionals who wish to improve their understanding of safety processes, safety culture, and just culture.

Nassau Workshop Starts in:

Why Attend The Think Safety Workshop?

The event will focus on the development of a strong safety culture among attendees, primarily operational air traffic controllers, supervisors, ATC managers and associated functions.

The workshop will provide an interactive environment aimed at developing a well-grounded understanding of the relationship between the reporting of incidents, investigations, as just culture, and the development of organisations that learn from errors.

Expected benefits of attending the workshop are:

An improved understanding of safety theories

Participation in detailed discussions on Safety Management Systems (SMS)

An understanding of human factors and incident explanations

A detailed appreciation of just culture & safety culture

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance

Quality Time with Experts

IFATCA in partnership with ICAO have sought some of the most respected members in their field to participate as presenters and moderators.

The presenters have experience in Safety Management and training, and are an integral part of the international ATC community through IFATCA. They have also spent time in the various IFATCA regions and understand the regional difficulties that can arise from time to time.

Please take the time to talk to them.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is aimed at air traffic control personnel, but all aviation related professions are welcome. A diverse group will allow much more in-depth discussions during the sessions.

Professions that should consider attending are those such as:

Operational Air Traffic Controllers

Air Traffic Managers & Supervisors

ATC Investigators

ATC Safety Management Personnel

Civil Aviation Authority Personnel

Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities

Attendance at this workshop is FREE! Join us and be part of the change!

Nassau: 16-19 July 2019


A huge thanks to all our amazing partners. We couldn’t have a workshop without you!

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

If your company is interested in sponsoring this or any other IFATCA event, we would love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you with some more information

Facilitators & Speakers

Well known industry leaders and emerging talents

  • Laursen



    Tom has been an Air Traffic Controller since 1989. He is currently based in Copenhagen and works as en-route controller in the Copenhagen ACC Besides being an ATCO, Tom Laursen holds a master degree in Human Factors in Aviation from the university of Linköping, Sweden and has extensive experience in safety from his work in the safety department of skyguide., where he was Head of Occurrence Management and Deputy Safety Manager. Tom is the current IFATCA EVP Europe.

  • Pigden



    Jez joined NATS in 1991 and qualified initially as a radar controller and then OJTI at the London Area Control Centre. He joined the ATS investigations team in 2004, later heading that department and subsequently spent a year working in NATS’ external safety team. Since then he has worked as a group supervisor and watch safety manager. He has a degree in Psychology and is studying for a masters in Aviation Human factors. He is Vice President policy for the UK association GATCO, and has worked for IFATCA as a member and then chair of its Professional and Legal Committee.

  • van der Westhuizen


    van der Westhuizen

    Jaco has worked as an Air Traffic Controller and as a Human Factor Specialist for ATNS. He specialises in the understanding, design and implementation of solutions to complex safety problems. He holds a Bachelors in Human Movement Sciences, a MBA and a PhD in Organisational Behaviour. His latest research was on how reporting behaviour is constructed within a complex socio-technical system. He is the Vice-President: Professional Affairs at the Guild of Air Traffic Controllers in South Africa and a co-founding member of the Human Factors Institute that aims to promote Human Factors as a science and organisational function across industries in Africa.

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