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The IATA Air Cargo Thesis Competition 2020


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) invites candidates to take part in IATA FACE UP! IATA Air Cargo Thesis Competition 2020. This is the opportunity for recent graduates from around the world to present their thesis to industry executives at the 2020 World Cargo Symposium(WCS) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Their work must focus on innovation and transformation in air transport logistics (e.g., transportation, operations, mobility, revenue management, distribution, customer experience, etc.). The entries received will be evaluated based upon the innovative, transforming, and visionary nature of the content, as well as the quality of the solution presented in the thesis.

An independent jury panel will choose the top three entrants. They will be invited to pitch their thesis idea in front of 1200 top-level industry professionals at the closing plenary of the WCS. Besides being a unique networking opportunity, attending the WCS will also provide a valuable chance to learn about the latest trends and developments in the air cargo industry.

Location: Turkey


  • Entry pass to the Future Air Cargo Executive Summit (FACES) 2020 and the FACE Cocktail will be free for each individual entrant that is shortlisted as a finalist.
  • Entry pass to 2020 WCS will be free for each individual Entrant that is shortlisted as a finalist, including travel and accommodation.
  • Each shortlisted finalist will be given a 10-minute presentation slot at the 2020 WCS Closing Plenary to present their thesis.


  • University graduate (bachelor, masters, or Ph.D.), current or within two years of graduation.
  • Thesis preferably defended before December 2019
  • The research focused on air transport logistics.
  • Able to present in a dynamic and captivating way at the WCS Closing Plenary.

Event Timeline:

27 August 2019:Competition launch

17 January 2020:End of the submission period

12 February 2020:Announcement of the finalists

12 March 2020:Final voting at the IATA World Cargo Symposium

Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Deadline:17 January 2020

Official Link:https://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/Pages/face-up.aspx