Navigation 2021 Call For Papers

The work being done globally by those involved in positioning, navigation and timing is providing essential value to humanity, contributing to the achievement of a sustainable planet for all.

We aim to bring together diverse disciplines to enable international collaboration towards a more navigable world.

Navigation 2021 brings together three established conferences* and is hosted by the Royal Institute of Navigation.

We are inviting papers in the following categories:

  • Peer-reviewed: Your abstract and, if accepted, paper will be peer reviewed and published to be indexed and searchable. Your presentation will be invited in a parallel technical session at the conference.
  • Presentation: Your abstract will be reviewed and, if accepted, you will be invited to present your work in a parallel session at the conference.
  • Poster: Your abstract will be reviewed and, if accepted, your poster will be displayed in the exhibition hall. We plan to encourage delegate interaction through poster presentations during the networking sessions.
The best peer-reviewed papers will be invited to submit for consideration to be published in the Journal of Navigation. The IAIN’s Sadek Award will be presented to the best student/researcher paper at Navigation 2021.

*Navigation 2021 brings together three established conferences. The International Navigation Conference (INC), the European Navigation Conference (ENC) and the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN) World Congress.


The Call For Papers will open later this year but we are actively inviting expressions of interest from authors now - if you'd like to be the first to know when submissions will be accepted, please register your interest.

Session Topics

PNT Systems & Technology

  • Future Systems
  • System Evolution
  • Signal Design & Analysis
  • Signal Processing for RPNT
  • Alternative PNT
  • Augmentation
  • Autonomous Systems & Inertial Sensing
  • Clock Technology
  • Crowd Systems & Smart Phones
  • Robust Proximity Detection
  • Navigating with Neurons – from Neural Nets to Cognition

Robust PNT

  • Alternative PNT
  • PNT Augmentation
  • Autonomous Systems & Inertial Sensing
  • PNT Security & Robustness
  • Interference, Jamming and Spoofing
  • Mitigation and Hardening
  • Authentication

Applications of PNT

  • Atmospheric Monitoring & Science
  • High Accuracy Positioning
  • Road Navigation
  • Aeronautical Navigation
  • Digital Farming
  • Maritime Navigation
  • Rail Technology
  • Space Geodesy
  • Navigation in Space
  • PNT for Safety and Security

Human Cognition in Navigation

  • Sense of Space & Place
  • Urban Wayfinding
  • Navigating with Neurons – from Neural Nets to Cognition

Animal Navigation

  • Migration
  • Direction Finding in Animal Navigation
  • Behaviours in Animal Navigation
  • Applications of Animal Navigation, to Improve PNT Efficiency and Safety
  • Navigating with Neurons – from Neural Nets to Cognition

Governance, Policy, Ethics and Legal

  • PNT for Humanity
  • GNSS and the Environment
  • PNT for Safety and Security
  • Robust Proximity Detection
  • PNT for Health
  • PNT and Privacy
  • PNT Governance
  • Ethics and Big Data Analytics
  • Legal Issues of PNT