11 - 12 December, 2018 | Hilton London Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom

Agenda Day 1

8:20 am - 8:50 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Mark Wickham, Chairman at Counter-Explosive Threat and Demining

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Mark Wickham

Chairman
Counter-Explosive Threat and Demining

·          Military Aid to the Civilian Authority (MACA); EOD & Search in support of Homeland Security
·          Delivering mass EOD & Search capability to the War Fighting Division WFD; balancing risk appetite
·          Interface with the civilian sector; developing EOD & Search SQEP
·          Specialist EOD & Search in practice; personal reflections on Op SHADER (Iraq 2015/16) 
Colonel Zarach Scott, Head,  Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment (DEODS) at British Army

Colonel Zarach Scott

Head, Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment (DEODS)
British Army

9:40 am - 10:20 am KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: THE UNITED NATIONS MINE ACTION SERVICE

  • Global objectives for UNMAS in 2019-2020
• Outlining key project targets for the UNMAS area clearance operations
• Identifying the role of third parties in supporting UNMAS operations
• Looking ahead to mine clearance beyond 2020
Agnes Marcaillou, Director at United Nations Mine Action Service

Agnes Marcaillou

Director
United Nations Mine Action Service

10:20 am - 11:00 am COUNTERING IED’S THROUGH INNOVATION

·          Identifying, developing and delivering capabilities to combat terrorism and irregular adversaries to the DoD and partners  
·          Outlining new technology potentials in robotics, PPE and disruptors
·          Engaging industry to drive innovation in EOD
·          Project updates from the Improvised Device Defeat Subgroup

11:00 am - 11:40 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 am - 12:00 pm TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: REMOTE METHODS TO CLEARANCE

·          Maximising crew safety on task through enhanced armoured crew protection systems
·          Incorporating remote operability for high risk clearance operations
·          Demonstrating ranged clearance capabilities afforded remote grapple systems


12:00 pm - 12:40 pm THE HUMANITARIAN ETHOS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MINE ACTION STANDARDS (IMAS) AND HOW THEY RELATE TO IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVES DEVICES (IEDS)

·          The differences between security force operations and humanitarian approaches to counter-EO operations
·          Identifying the overlap between these operational methods
·          Contextualising humanitarian operations in line with IMAS
·          IMAS and IEDs: adjusting the IMAS framework against improvised threats
Mr Stefano Toscano, Director at Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)

Mr Stefano Toscano

Director
Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: MANAGING SUPPORT FOR HUMANITARIAN DEMINING OPERATIONS

·          Outlining the issues faced by humanitarian demining organisations
·          How can organisations manage funding streams and limit the impact of ‘Donor Fatigue’
·          Methods of demonstrating progress to key donors
·          Can the military and other demining organisations cover the gaps caused by decreased funding?

1:10 pm - 1:20 pm RAVEN’S CHALLENGE: THE INTERNATIONAL INTEROPERABILITY TRAINING EXERCISE FOR THE EOD COMMUNITY


John V. Simpson

Raven’s Challenge Program Manager/COR Director, Region VI IABTI
National Center for Explosives Training and Research (US)

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm LEGACY PROBLEMS, NEW ENVIRONMENT: CLEARING MINEFIELDS AND URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

·          Understanding the scale of HALO’s operations in the Middle East
·          Adapting to new clearance requirements in urban environments
·          Outlining the route to total clearance by 2025 – is this objective still achievable?
·          What international support is needed to make this objective a reality?
Major General (ret) James Cowan CBE DSO,, Chief Executive Officer at the HALO Trust

Major General (ret) James Cowan CBE DSO,

Chief Executive Officer
the HALO Trust

3:00 pm - 3:10 pm REVIVE: REDUCE EXPLOSIVE VIOLENCE INCREASE VICTIM EMPOWERMENT

Nigel Ellway, Chair at All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons

Nigel Ellway

Chair
All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm TECHNICAL TRAINING SOLUTIONS TO MAINTAIN FORCE PREPAREDNESS


4:20 pm - 5:00 pm MAINTAINING FORCE READINESS AND PREPARING AGAINST THE FUTURE

·          Assessing how EOD capability is kept up to date when not on operations
·          Understanding how the Netherlands Armed Forces develops force preparedness training
·          The role of civilian agencies in supporting force readiness
·          What are the key threat vectors currently identified as major future threats?
Colonel Attila Csurgó, Commander of the 1st EOD and River Fleet Regiment at Hungarian Armed Forces

Colonel Attila Csurgó

Commander of the 1st EOD and River Fleet Regiment
Hungarian Armed Forces

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE