The 8th International Airborne Wind Energy Conference will be held on 15-16 October 2019 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) is an emerging renewable energy technology that aims to replace the use of fossil fuels for energy production on an economical basis. A characteristic feature of the various AWE concepts is the use of tethered flying devices to access wind energy at higher altitudes where the wind is more consistent. Over the past decade the AWE scientific and industrial community has grown considerably. The largest AWE demonstrator system to date is a 600kW system; many other demonstrator systems exist in the electricity output range up to 80 kW. Previous international Airborne Wind Energy Conferences have been held in Chico, CA, USA in 2009; in Stanford, CA, USA in 2010; in Leuven, Belgium in 2011; in Hampton, VA, USA in 2012; in Berlin, Germany in 2013; in Delft, The Netherlands in 2015; and in Freiburg, Germany in 2017.