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

Agenda Day 1

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

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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) 
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Colonel Zarach Scott

Commanding Officer 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

Agnes Marcaillou - Director, 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
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Agnes Marcaillou

Director
United Nations Mine Action Service

·          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
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Dr. Edwin Bundy

Program Manager Improvised Device Defeat Subgroup Technical Support Working Group
Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, US DoD

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)

Mr Stefano Toscano - Director, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
·          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
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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)

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

Major General (ret) James Cowan CBE DSO, - Chief Executive Officer, the HALO Trust
·          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?
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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, All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons
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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

Colonel Attila Csurgó - Commander of the 1st EOD and River Fleet Regiment, Hungarian Armed Forces
·          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?
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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