The inaugural gathering of the world's EOD community
Explosive weapons, both conventional munition or improvised explosive, have become a fact of modern conflict. Behind the conflict, this threat for millions across the globe is, in reality, a fact of life which continues to decimate communities across the world. UNICEF estimates one casualty every 20 minutes caused by explosive weapons.
Responding to this ongoing crisis, the inaugural Countering Explosive Threat and Demining conference, held with support from the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Threats, and supported by the Counter-IED UK, representing the UK’s Counter-IED supply chain and collaborating with Her Majesty’s Government, British Army and security forces, this truly unique forum will bring together key stakeholders and decision makers from the complete, global EOD community.
Led by senior policy drivers from government, NGO’s and military and supported by industry leaders across all three pillars of EOD – prepare the force, attack the network and defeat the device – the conference will outline the new, joint approach to countering the explosive threat.
United Nations Mine Action Service
Deputy Minister of Interior
Chief Executive Officer
the HALO Trust
Commanding Officer Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment (DEODS)
Army Advisor, EOD/C-IED
Department for International Trade
Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
Chief Technical Advisor - Mine Action
United Nations Development Programme
Director General, Counter-Terrorism and National Security Advisor
SO EOD & IEDD J3-3 National Operations
Norwegian Joint Headquarters
Advisor for Security & Defense, Office of the Prime Minister
NATO C-IED Centre of Excellence
Program Manager Improvised Device Defeat Subgroup Technical Support Working Group
Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, US DoD
5 Key Benefits of Attending
Enhance international collaboration with EOD partners from civilian, military and humanitarian sectors to develop joint strategies for demining and explosive ordnance clearance
Engage directly with policy directors from leading NGO’s and government bodies to support their ongoing clearance objectives across the globe
Identify the new explosive threat landscape through briefings from operational clearance leaders, and align your operating procedures to defeat the new threat
Understand new international directives towards demining and C-IED for both military and civilian sectors, with dedicated sessions on the new International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) framework
Use technical capability demonstrations from leading experts in detection and disposal systems to develop cutting-edge defeat-the-device capabilities
British Army bomb disposal experts at work
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operators are responsible for defusing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), booby traps created to kill and maim indiscriminately.
The job is one of the most highly skilled and dangerous jobs in the Armed Forces. It requires intelligence, fitness and courage, as the soldiers in this job can be routinely placed in complex and dangerous situations. EOD operators are some of the most highly decorated soldiers of the British Army.
Sgt James Slade is one of those soldiers. Here he talks about what it's like, as you approach something designed to destroy life, to remove it from the Battlefield. Those who make that approach call it, 'the long walk.'