CONFERENCE AGENDA

Group 1

9:00 am - 12:00 pm WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS & AGENDA RECAP


9:30 am - 10:30 am ROUNDTABLE 1: FUNDING, POLICY AND RESOURCING

·        What are the ‘red line’ priorities for key agencies and the community? What issues do humanitarian demining organisations face?

·        Estimated changes to funding and resourcing. How can organisations manage funding streams and limit the impact of ‘Donor Fatigue’? How can organisations better demonstrate progress to key donors?

·        How must industry respond to any changes to funding? Which major policy initiatives will be protected in any period of economic instability?  Can the military and other demining organisations cover the gaps caused by decreased funding?

·        How changing systems, processes, national guidelines and key worker statuses will impact supply chains?

10:30 am - 11:00 am INDUSTRY PRESENTATION A

11:00 am - 11:30 am INTERMISSION

11:30 am - 12:30 pm ROUND TABLE 2: ONGOING OPERATIONS

·        How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected timelines and delivery of humanitarian missions?

·        What is the impact on civil-military cooperation and personnel readiness on both sides of the partnership?

·        Are there practical or procedural challenges caused by COVID-19 that require new technologies or solutions?

·        How multi-agency interoperability challenges be mitigated against during a period of scaling back on joint exercises

·        What mine clearance activity remains high priority?

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm INDUSTRY PRESENTATION B

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm INTERMISSION

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ROUND TABLE 3: THE THREAT ASSESSMENT

·        What are the major challenges to C-IED operations in urban environments? Do these differ between military and civilian agencies? How has the situation been exploited by terrorist networks?

·        A review of the threat in urban environments- Has the calculus of the threat to soft targets changed during lockdown?

·        What advances in the technological capability of devices still require urgent tracking? How far can existing technologies be deployed in urban clearance operations? What are the main challenges and emerging requirements to enhance EOD and C-IED operations in urban contexts of operation?

·        How has detection bandwidth been impacted by COVID-19 and what is the impact of this on the threat assessment?

·        How far should avoiding damage to local infrastructure and similar factors influence clearance procedures? How critical is communication with the local community to the urban clearance operation?

·        How can militaries enhance training and achieve interoperability for future C-IED operations?