The III edition of the European Defence Challenge is open!

A great opportunity for students to boost their careers and open new horizons


Rzeszow University of Technology

The ASSETs+ European Defence Challenge (EDC) is an open competition to attract young talent to the Defence industry and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies.The TOPIC of the III edition is:

Security – threats identification and defence strategies

Threats in the areas of: defence industry, intellectual property theft, military equipment, auxiliary equipment, information flow, data protection, military operations, border surveillance and others, in the context of security and cybersecurity.


All undergraduate or graduate students from all faculties in European Universities, vocational education and training centres and other institutions dedicated to education.

Participants will be welcome to attend several short webinars that will help them to understand the importance of improving security and write good essays.


Students are strongly encouraged to team up in pairs, finding a partner in a different university or country.

A fresh view is valued: proposals that present a new usage or suggest improvements on a new technology. It is required to include not only technological but also economic, environmental, social, ethical and/or political analysis within the proposal.

  • Download the guidelines here.
  • Download the template here.


-Participation in the EDC III seminars and webinars with industry
-Free access to the courses offered within the ASSETs+ project
-Special awards for the best teams
-Public recognition on the ASSETs+ webpage and social networks

The 3 FINALIST TEAMS will be announced on our web & social media and will participate in the awards ceremony.

SPECIAL MENTION TO YOUNG PARTICIPANTS (the best essay up to 20 years old).



Participants will be welcome to attend several short webinars that will help them to understand the importance of improving security and write good essays.

“Security aspects from the industry point of view”. October 10, 2022

“How to write a good report?”. October 17, 2022. 5:00 PM CET

  • Eric Grivel, Bordeaux INP (France)
  • Mateo Burgos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)

“Critical Thinking”. October 24, 2022

“Literature review methodologies”. October 31, 2022

“The role of cybersecurity for defence”. November 8, 2022

Webinar with Defence Experts. December 12, 2022

Seminar Introduction to cybersecurity: computer threats, network and information security

Madrid, June 15, 2022

Previous editions:

II Edition (2021-2022)


Andreas Wouters & Nathan Prakopetz, from the Royal Military Academy (Brussels).

Their proposal, “Autonomy in Air Defence Systems”, analyses the problematic characteristics of hypersonic missiles and how these missiles manage to evade air defence systems.

  • Download the essay here.
  • Watch their presentation here.


Susanna Hein & Emilien Maquaire, from Sciences Po Lille (France).

Their proposal,  “Human-Robot teaming Research Initiative for a Combat Aerial Network (HURRICANE)”, outlines the opportunities and challenges that robotics and artificial intelligence technologies offer for future air combat by indicating how we can gain an advantage through human machine teams.

  • Download the essay here.
  • Watch their presentation here.


Anaëlle Salamon from Sciences Po Lille (France) & Sinan Bekka from University of Edinburgh (UK).

Their proposal is a three-step development program of European Defensive Autonomous Submarine Systems (EURO DASS) which will follow strict principles and hopefully will set a precedent for the making of unmanned systems in defence operations.

  • Download the essay here.
  • Watch their presentation here. 


Carlos Daniel Farias, from the University of Cadiz (Spain), & Carlos Thurn, from Nordakademie (Germany).

Their proposal “Can I trust you? An AI for secure, authenticated communication” aims to create a method of secure communication between two or more individual parties in order to allow interaction of human and machine for the application in the defence field. In order to achieve this, a combination of encryption and identity authentication will be implemented.

  • Download the essay here.
  • Watch their presentation here.

Awards Ceremony:

Webinar with experts:

II Edition Launch Event

Engagement of talents through the European Defence Challenge, Liga Baltina & Mateo Burgos

Anne Fort, Head of Unit, Defence Industry and Market Policy at European Commission

The guidelines of the Challenge, Mateo Burgos from the UPM organizer of the II edition

Some tips with the I edition winners Matej Pastir & Radka Fléglová, and Sami Makki, Science Po Lille

Maurizio Ferrante, Head of Training and Knowledge Management at Leonardo.

Vice Admiral Manuel A. Martínez, Director of Engineering & Naval Constructions, Spanish Navy

Andrzej Rybka, Managing Director of the Aviation Valley Association

I Edition (2020-2021)

Why a challenge?

What will the students be asked to do?

What is the subject to be adressed?

What is the objective of the challenge?

Awards ceremony:

Winners of the 1st edition:

  • 1st winner team

    Emre Kursat Kaya and Miguel Garrido Moreno from the College of Europe

  • 2nd winner team

    Matěj Pastír and Radka Fléglová from Charles University

  • 3rd winner team

    Marinette Gaillon and Auriane Georges from Science Po Lille