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The SAE Media Group are pleased to present the next annual conference in the sell-out portfolio of Armoured Vehicle events: Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness (FAVSA) 2022, taking place on the 4th - 5th April 2022 in London.

Militaries around the world are continuing to evolve and develop their armoured vehicle capabilities to provide increased situational awareness in order to empower commanders to make more informed decisions on the battlefield. Modern threats and challenges such as the asymmetric and urban nature of modern warfare are fuelling industry to produce ever-more innovative solutions to ensure armoured vehicles can collate, integrate and use information and data through a range of sources previously unavailable.

This conference provides the unparalleled opportunity to hear from international military representatives, industry and system integrators who are continuing to drive innovation in the field of situational awareness technology. They will be sharing their insight into ongoing and future requirements and developing a wider understanding of the shared challenges faced.
 

Now in its 6th year as the only event of its kind, FAVSA 2022 will include wide-ranging contributions from those directly involved in allied nations development programmes as well as the engineers and technical experts behind the latest solutions such as: Vetronic Architectures,AI and AR technology, autonomous capabilities, CIS, sensor technology, active protection systems and crew display solutions.
 

  • Dedicated military briefings from host and allied nation speakers providing detailed details on recent research developments and programme updates
  • Gain the opportunity to hear from and meet with leading OEMs and System Integrators, pioneering modern situational awareness solutions including utilisation of AI technology and unmanned capabilities  
  • Network with peers and experts in the market to gather insight
  • Attend a platform for the advancement of armoured vehicles situational awareness, bringing together those at the heart of systems operations, training, development and integration

With particular focus on the collaboration between military, research and industry, Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness invites not only the key programme managers, capability directors and operational commanders from the armed forces, but also ensures the participation of senior engineers, chief scientists and platform managers from the leading solution providers are present.

ABAL Insight; Alan Bolster Consulting Inc; ASELSAN; BAE Systems; BAE Systems Hägglunds; Battlespace Publications; Brazilian Army; British Army; Canadian Armed Forces; CeramTec-ETEC GmbH; Department for International Trade; Department Of Defense; DSTL; ELTA Systems; Embassy of Ukraine; ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH; Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology; FLIR UAS; FNSS Defense Systems; Galleon Embedded Computing Limited; German MoD; Hensoldt Optronics; High Commission of India; IMP Castle Associates Limited; ISDEFE; KME; KONGSBERG Protech Systems; L3 ASA Ltd; Litef Gmbh; Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems Uk Limited; METRAVIB; Microflown AVISA; MILVA; MoD; MoD DE&S; Moog Inc.; NATO; New Zealand Defence Staff; Nexter; Nexter Group; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI); Observis; OPTSYS; Patria; Petards Joyce-Loebl Ltd; Plasan Sasa Ltd; Pleora Technologies; Pleora Technologies Inc; QinetiQ; Rafael LTD; RFEL Ltd; Rockwell Collins; Royal Netherlands Army; Saab AB; Secomak Ltd; Sekai Europe Gmbh; Shephard Media; Spanish MoD; SSM; Thales UK; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; Ultra Electronics ; US Army; Vetronics Research Centre; Vitavox;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John  Crozier

Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD
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9:10 Overcoming The Challenges of the ‘Urban Canyon' Environment Through Effective Management and Exploitation of Information

Mr John  Crozier

Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD
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  • Exploiting electronic architectures to enhance SA
  • Situational Awareness requirements in the future multi-domain battlespace
  • Predicting future advances in SA capabilities
  • 9:50 The Next Generation of Armoured Vehicle Capabilities in the Dutch Armed Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk, Commander Ground Maneuver Knowledge Center , Royal Netherlands Army
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    • Looking forward to the next generation of armoured vehicles, trials of the Iveco 12kN
    • Defence 2035, upgrading AFV situational awareness capabilities to enable multi-domain operations
    • Programme update on modernisation of CV9035 and Boxer vehicle platforms
     

    10:30 Morning Coffee Break

    11:00 Enhanced Tactical Dominance - AI Powered 360°Situational Awareness for Armored Fighting Vehicles

    • Maximizing AFV armored vehicle lethality and survivability with AI
    • Reducing operator cognitive loads, allowing closed hatches operation and support decision making
    • RCWS and NLOS system integration to 360° Situational Awareness – Sensor to Shooter
    • NGCV OS A single operation system and UI for all AFV operational, Vetronics and combat features
     

    Brigadier General (Ret.) Roy Riftin

    Brigadier General (Ret.) Roy Riftin, CEO, Nir-Or Ltd

    Mr Ido Rozenberg

    Mr Ido Rozenberg, Chief Technology Officer, Axon Vision

    11:40 Enhanced situational awareness through Mission System Integration (MSI) underpinned by Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) and the Land Data Model (LDM)

    Mr Keith Smith

    Mr Keith Smith, Generic Vehicle Architecture Senior Manager, Ministry of Defence
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    • UK Mission System Integration, architecture alignment, and capability governance
    • The role of architecture, data and technical standards to achieve integration and interoperability
    • Developments in GVA and the LDM
     

    12:20 Ensuring Cable Signal Integrity In Modern Situational Awareness Applications

    Mr Andrea Menconi

    Mr Andrea Menconi, Global Land Defence Leader, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
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  • The importance of cables in high-speed data link
  • How the wrong cable can affect your performance
  • The importance of small cables in modern situational awareness and land systems in general
     
  • 13:00 Lunch Break

    14:00 System Integration as the Backbone of Innovative Situational Awareness

    Mr Christian Jacques

    Mr Christian Jacques, Director of Innovation , ARQUUS
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  • Developing complete mission systems integrated into armoured vehicle
    vetronic architectures: Battlenet
  • Challenges of integrating multiple sensors and making information
    accessible to crews
  • Arquus’ future for situational awareness capabilities
  • 14:40 Resolving the challenges of situational awareness in Wheeled Armoured Vehicle Platforms

    Mr Pasi Niemelä

    Mr Pasi Niemelä , System Architect, SAVOX Communications Oy Ab
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    • Levels of situational awareness and end-user needs
    • Combining sensor data to create actual situational awareness
    • Solutions for situational awareness using optionally manned systems
    • Overview of Patria’s Armoured Modular Vehicle platforms and integrated Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS)
     

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Virtual Presentation: Future Proofing the Next Generation of Spanish Wheeled Combat Vehicles: Assessing the Situational Awareness Capabilities

    Colonel Adrian Benito

    Colonel Adrian Benito, Chief of 8x8 Dragon AFV Program, Spanish MoD
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    • Integration of new vehicles with the Joint Tactical Radio System Program to ensure maximum SA and interoperability
    • Increasing Situational Awareness using 360° panoramic cameras and infrared camera systems
    • Looking forward to development of a Local Situational Awareness System for the VCR programme
     

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr John  Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr John  Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD
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    9:10 Integrating Future Situational Awareness Technology to Enhance the US Army’s Next Generation of Combat Vehicles

    Colonel Warren Sponsler

    Colonel Warren Sponsler, Chief of Staff, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command
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    • Advancements in the US Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle programme
    • Integration of semi-autonomous technologies and robotics into standard operating practise for armoured formations
    • Importance of continual development of C4ISR capabilities to ensure control of the future battlespace
     

    9:50 Challenges and Solutions for the Improvement of Situational Awareness and Targeting Capabilities in existing Canadian Armoured Vehicle Platforms.

    Major Philippe Masse

    Major Philippe Masse, Project Director – Light Armoured Vehicle Specialist Variant Enhancements, Canadian Army Headquaters
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    • Overview of the Canadian Armed Forces modernisation and integration programmes across the wider armoured vehicle fleet
    • Embedding the latest developments in optics/precision and targeting and sighting systems
    • Optimizing battlefield management systems to improve the LAV 6.0 C4ISTAR
     

    10:30 Morning Coffee Break

    11:00 Virtual: Development of Holistic Situational Awareness Capabilities on German Armoured Combat Vehicles and Main Battle Tank Platforms

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne, Chief of the Armoured Forces Branch - Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
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  • Ensuring network enabled capability (NEC) across all platforms
  • Planned SA capabilities including optronics and sensors for PUMA AIFV
  • Update on efforts to upgrade C2, digital interface and battle management system technology on the Leopard MBT

     
  • 11:40 Life Cycle Management through Support Partnerships

    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Mr Miguel Ramos, Engineering & Project Support Branch Chief, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
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    • An overview of the services Nations has agreed to perform in cooperation
    • Pros and cons of this common approach to life cycle management support
    • Examples of specific armoured systems and situational awareness capabilities
     

    12:20 Lunch Break

    13:20 Crew Optimization & Augmentation Technologies (COAT) Program: Crew workload and situation awareness measurement in representative operational environments

  • Assessing the aims and progress of the US Army Futures Command Crew Optimization and Augmentation Technologies programme
  • Working towards reducing cognitive overload and physiological strain on crews in an increasingly information congested environment
  • Looking forward: How this research can be used for the development of AI technology into the future
     
  • Dr Thomas Ferris

    Dr Thomas Ferris, Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University
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    Mr Blendi Berati

    Mr Blendi Berati, COAT Program Manager, DEVCOM GVSC, US Army
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    14:00 Developing a European Standard for Modular Unmanned Ground Systems in Support of Manned Armoured Vehicle Formations

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar , Chief of iMUGS Project Office, Estonian Centre for Defence Investment
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    • The enhancement of situational awareness through hybrid manned and unmanned systems
    • The importance for unmanned system integration and open architectures for NATO interoperability
    • Lessons from the Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System’s programme (iMUGS)
     

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Safety & Security in Unmanned Platforms' Situational Awareness Architectures

  • The increasing importance of SA functions to the unmanned platform
  • The need for cost-effective safe and secure communication and data processing
  • Potential methods to achieve affordable SA subsystem architecture design
  • Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis, Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
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    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Mr Alexander Andriotis, Technical Expert, System Safety, SCERTAS GmBH

    15:50 From Manned to Unmanned Platforms: Teaming, Platooning and the Use of UAVs

    Professor Antonios Tsourdos

    Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Head of the Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre, Cranfield University

  • How autonomous systems can enhance manned vehicles understanding of the operating environment
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr John  Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD
    View Bio

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Adrian Benito

    Colonel Adrian Benito

    Chief of 8x8 Dragon AFV Program, Spanish MoD
    Colonel Warren Sponsler

    Colonel Warren Sponsler

    Chief of Staff, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command
    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
    Dr Thomas Ferris

    Dr Thomas Ferris

    Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University
    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Commander Ground Maneuver Knowledge Center , Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Chief of the Armoured Forces Branch - Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
    Major Philippe Masse

    Major Philippe Masse

    Project Director – Light Armoured Vehicle Specialist Variant Enhancements, Canadian Army Headquaters
    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Technical Expert, System Safety, SCERTAS GmBH
    Mr Andrea Menconi

    Mr Andrea Menconi

    Global Land Defence Leader, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Mr Christian Jacques

    Mr Christian Jacques

    Director of Innovation , ARQUUS
    Mr Ido Rozenberg

    Mr Ido Rozenberg

    Chief Technology Officer, Axon Vision
    Mr Keith Smith

    Mr Keith Smith

    Generic Vehicle Architecture Senior Manager, Ministry of Defence
    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Chief of iMUGS Project Office, Estonian Centre for Defence Investment
    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Engineering & Project Support Branch Chief, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Yuval Nahum

    Mr Yuval Nahum

    Vice President Sales , Nir-Or

    Brigadier General (Ret.) Roy Riftin

    CEO, Nir-Or Ltd
    Brigadier General (Ret.) Roy Riftin

    Colonel Adrian Benito

    Chief of 8x8 Dragon AFV Program, Spanish MoD
    Colonel Adrian Benito

    CAREER PATH
    2003-2008: Staff Officer at the Medical Directorate of the Army, Madrid, Spain.
    2008-2010: Staff Officer at the Logistics Division of the Army Staff, Madrid, Spain.
    2013-2017
    2010-2013: Chief of Staff of the Army Medical Brigade, Madrid, Spain.
    2017-2019: Plans Branch Chief of the main Operational Logistics Force HQ Mayor Staff,
    A Coruña, Spain.
    2019- : Chief of 8x8 AFV Dragón Programme, SP MOD, Madrid, Spain.


    MISSIONS ABROAD
    2003-2004: Restructuring officer at the SFOR HQ, Sarajevo, BiH.
    2014-2015: CJ Operation Centre Director, at ISAF and Resolute Support missions HQs,
    Herat, Afghanistan.
    2017: Malian Armed Forces Training officer at EUTM, Bamako, Mali.


    ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
    General Officer training course.
    Staff Officer Graduated.
    Logistics High Management Course.
    Mastering In Management of Defense Acquisitions.


    Mother tongue. Spanish.
    English, NATO SLP 3.2.3.2.
    French, NATO SLP 4.3.3.3.
    German, NATO SLP 2.2.2.2.

    Colonel Warren Sponsler

    Chief of Staff, NGCV CFT, US Army Futures Command
    Colonel Warren Sponsler

    COL Warren Sponsler is a US Army Armor Officer currently serving as the Chief of Staff for the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team (NGCV CFT) at Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, as a part of Army Futures Command. COL Sponsler has served in a variety of command and staff positions around the operational Army including Company Command in the 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and multiple operational deployments around the world. COL Sponsler commanded the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado, and in the Middle East supporting Operation Spartan Shield. Following command, COL Sponsler served as the Senior Brigade Combat Team Observer/Control-Trainer at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, and subsequently completed a US Army War College Fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program prior to assuming current duties.

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis is the Technical Director of Vetronics Research Centre UK and Vetronics Research Centre EU. Since 2004 at the Vetronics Research Centre UK he has worked on several UK DSTL funded military land-systems fundamental research programmes, and on UK government funded information security research & development programmes. Since 2020 at the Vetronics Research Centre EU he has been working on EC EDIDP and EDA research programmes on Modular UGV and Active Protection System architectures. His areas of expertise are high-integrity embedded systems, safety & security architectures for military vehicle platform, low-latency secure embedded communication networks, and embedded systems offensive & defensive cybersecurity.

    Dr Thomas Ferris

    Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University
    Dr Thomas Ferris

    Thomas K. Ferris is an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University-College Station with a courtesy appointment in Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M Health Science Center. He is the Director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Health Organization Transformation (https://chotnsf.org), and additionally directs TAMU’s Human Factors & Cognitive Systems (HF&CS) Laboratory. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa, and MS and PhD degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and 17 years of experience as a human systems researcher.

    Dr. Ferris’ research interests can be summarized as the study of, and design to support, human cognition in sociotechnical engineered systems. His primary focus involves human information processing and ways to support attention and task management to ensure safe operations and support multitasking performance. He has interest and experience in applying his research to the domains of medicine (anesthesiology, neonatal intensive care, patient flow modeling), military operations (ground vehicle interfaces, UV control and operations), aviation (human-automation interaction, cockpit displays), construction science (advanced displays for operator awareness), and ground transportation (driver distraction and state estimation, in-vehicle information systems). His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, and industry.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Commander Ground Maneuver Knowledge Center , Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    EDUCATION
    2016 School of Advanced Military Studies
    2015 Command and General Staff College
    2015 Advanced Command and Staff Course – Land Operations
    2013 Intermediate Command and Staff Course – Joint Curriculum
    2012 Intermediate Command and Staff Course – Land Operations
    2007 Royal Netherlands Military Academy, Bachelor of Science
    1999 Royal Netherlands Military Academy, Officer’s Diploma


    SERVICE RECORD (including deployments)
    2019- (Present) Commander of Ground Maneuver Knowledge Development Center
    2017-2019 Strategic Analyst and deputy Senior National Representative at US CENTCOM
    2015-2017 Staff courses
    2012-2015 Deputy G3, Plans Officer, 11 Air Maneuver Brigade (AASLT/ ABN)
    Executive Officer in G3 shop, Plans Officer in NATO IRF BDE
    2012-2015 Team leader, Netherlands ACOTA Burundi
    Netherlands Team leader in international team, training Burundi Infantry BN for AMISOM
    2009-2012 Exchange Officer, JRTC Fort Polk Louisiana
    Company Senior Trainer/ Mentor and BDE current operations Senior Trainer/ Mentor
    2007-2009 Company Commander, Charlie company, 44 Mechanized Infantry Battalion Deployed to
    Afghanistan (ISAF) in 2008; Commander Netherlands detachment Deh Rawod district, Uruzgan
    Province
    2006-2007 Battalion Intelligence Officer, 44 Mechanized Infantry Battalion
    Participated in Joint/ Combined exercise Caribbean Lion and
    2003-2006 Company Executive Officer, 11 Infantry Battalion Grenadiers en Jagers (AASLT)
    Returned to old BN in its Parachute Company; Deployed to Iraq (SFIR) in 2005
    2001-2002 Advanced Officer Education
    Royal Netherlands Military Academy
    1999-2000 Platoon Leader, 11 Infantry Battalion Grenadiers en Jagers (AASLT)
    Deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina (SFOR) in 2000
    1993-1994 Scout/ RTO, 1 (NLD/BEL) UN Transportation Battalion
    Deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina in 1994 (UNPROFOR) as scout vehicle driver


    REMARKS
    2012-2015 Volunteer Project Officer with TNO (Netherlands Defense innovation organization)

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Chief of the Armoured Forces Branch - Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne


    Military background
    1985 Entry into the german armed forces
    1989 Study mechanical engineering, University of German Armed Forces Hamburg; graduated as a diploma mechanical engineer
    1988-1998 Different positions as platoon leader and company commander in the armoured infantry troop
    1998 Chief Instructor officers training at the infantry school
    2000-2004 Officer/senior officer, different armaments departments german forces
    2004 Deputy battalion commander, armoured infantry battalion
    2006 G4 logistics, amored brigade
    2008 G3 armament department, former German Army Office
    2010 Battalion Commander, armoured infantry battalion 371
    2013 Project director IFV PUMA&MARDER, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support
    2016 Ministry of Defense
    2020 - Chief of the Armoured Forces Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre in Cologne

    Operations abroad
    1997 SFOR
    2007 KFOR
    2012 ISAF

    Lieutenant Colonel Linne is married and has two adult sons.
     

    Major Philippe Masse

    Project Director – Light Armoured Vehicle Specialist Variant Enhancements, Canadian Army Headquaters
    Major Philippe Masse

    Major Philippe Masse was born in Montréal, Québec. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1998. He became an Infantry Officer of the Royal 22e Régiment after graduation from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2004.


    Major Masse served with his regiment as a Platoon Commander, Operations Officer, Company second-in-command (2ic) and Officer Commanding the Parachute Company. He was deployed in Afghanistan twice. First, as a light infantry platoon commander at the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2006-07. The second deployment was as the Parachute Company 2ic for the Canadian Battle Group in 2010-11.
    His extra regimental postings include experience at the Canadian Special Force Command Headquarters (CANSOFCOM HQ) as international operations planner and strategic liaison officer. He also served as the executive assistant of the Commander 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
    In 2017, Maj Masse completed the Army Technical Staff Officer program (ATSO), and transitioned to the project and acquisition domain as the Project Director for the Light Armoured Vehicle Specialist Variant Enhancements project (PD LAV SVE). Maj Masse is currently employed as part of the Directorate of Land Requirements (DLR) of the Canadian Army Headquarters.
     

    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Technical Expert, System Safety, SCERTAS GmBH
    Mr Alexander Andriotis

    Mr Andrea Menconi

    Global Land Defence Leader, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Mr Andrea Menconi

    Andrea Menconi has been working for over 13 years in high performing components for Ground Systems globally in many different roles.He is a proactive contributor and supporter of the MILVA organization and a passionate member of the ground defence community
     

    Mr Blendi Berati

    COAT Program Manager, DEVCOM GVSC, US Army
    Mr Blendi Berati

    Mr. Blendi Berati is currently serving as the Program Manager for the Crew Optimization & Augmentation Technologies (COAT) program at the US Army Combat Capability Development Command (DEVCOM), Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC). He oversees several efforts that spans multiple US Army commands such as GVSC, Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Soldier Center (SC), in the field of Human-Autonomy Teaming, AI & Intelligent Agents, as applied to US Army’s Man-Unmanned Teaming ground formations.
    Previously Mr. Berati has served in a variety of leadership roles at the US Army DEVCOM GVSC. He served as the Deputy Program Manager for the COAT Program, where he oversaw transition efforts within US Army’s Programs of Record. Mr. Berati was the System Engineering Lead for the Ground Degraded Visual Environments program, with the focus on increasing Situational Awareness for ground vehicles operating closed hatch under degraded visual environments such as dust, rain & smoke.
    Mr. Berati served under the GVSC’s Chief of Staff, Projects Standards Office as the enterprise’s Project & Process Quality Lead supporting GVSC’s S&T community in leading culture change and advancing the Project Management discipline of the organization. He defined mission, vision, and strategic goals of GVSC’s S&T programs’ quality and adherence to established Project Management best practices.
    Mr. Berati also served as the Team Lead for the Ground Domain Planning & Integration (GDPI). He led the development and execution of GVSC’s Technology and Product Development Stage-Gate for all S&T programs and projects.
    Prior to his government service Mr. Berati has served in diverse roles and industries in the private sector. He worked in research, development, and manufacturing in the oilfield industry at Schlumberger Corp, in automotive industry as Center of Competence in Vehicle Development at DaimlerChrystler Corporation, and Vehicle Engineering at Porsche Engineering GmbH, and other research and manufacturing roles.
    Mr. Berati is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is also experienced in and holds certificates in Lean Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma; he is an Acquisition Core Member. He holds a Masters of Science Engineering Degree in Alternative Technologies, and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds several awards and commendations such as the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Civilian Service Commendation Medal, Valedictorian of his BS Engineering Graduating class and other honors.

    Mr Christian Jacques

    Director of Innovation , ARQUUS
    Mr Christian Jacques

    Mr Christian JACQUES has been working for 20 years for French company ARQUUS, which develops, produces and supports armoured wheeled vehicles for military applications.
    After 6 years in automotive industry, Mr Jacques, joined ARQUUS’ R&D department to work on vetronics and systems architecture. He has managed several positions within Arquus, in R&D, but also Business Development, Programme and Product management.

    He has been SCORPION Programme Director for ARQUUS, and is currently Director of Innovation. From his experience, Mr Jacques has an excellent knowledge of Defence industry, technologies, and had a lot of interactions with end users to better understand their needs.
     

    Mr Ido Rozenberg

    Chief Technology Officer, Axon Vision
    Mr Ido Rozenberg

    Mr John Crozier

    Technical Partner, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr John  Crozier

    John Crozier is the Technical Partner responsible for the operation of the Defence Science and Technology (Dstl) Urban Canyon research project in Situation Awareness (SA) for combat vehicles.
    He is secretary to the UK Vehicle Systems Integration (VSI) Steering Group and a representative in the Military Vetronics Association (MILVA) which developed STANAG 4754 NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture (NGVA). In UK he is a member of the Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) and GVA Data Model working groups.
    John served 24 years in the Army Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) across a wide range of operational theatres.

    Mr Keith Smith

    Generic Vehicle Architecture Senior Manager, Ministry of Defence
    Mr Keith Smith

    Keith was a Royal Air Force avionics apprentice and spent 20 years in air force service. Keith joined the Ministry of Defence in 1996 and has worked in systems engineering roles on major projects in the Air and Land domains.

    Keith has been the lead for the development of the UK Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) approach and standard since 2011. As well as being responsible for the GVA Standard, he has led and championed the development and use of the Land Data Model (LDM), which is key to achieving the MOD aspiration of interoperable open systems architectures and wider cross system interoperability.
     

    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Chief of iMUGS Project Office, Estonian Centre for Defence Investment
    Mr Martin Jõesaar

    Mr Martin Jõesaar served in the Estonian Defence Forces for 16 years as an officer. He added valuable contribution into the integration of Short Range Air Defence Missile Systems to the existing units at the early stage of his career. However, the latter part and the majority of his time was spent on helping to build up the Special Operations Forces Unit in order to meet the new challenges of NATO. This included different command positions within in the structure and contribution as an instructor and an operations officer at the HQ, including a deployment to Afghanistan under CJSOTF10 in 2012.


    In 2019, Mr Jõesaar left the military in a rank of major and joined the Defence Industry side instead as the COO of an unmanned aerial systems developer and producer Threod Systems, based in Estonia. Additionally to the everyday coordination, ensuring the smooth process flow internally in the factory, one of the main roles for him was sharing the end-user experience. Threod Systems specialises on providing the state of the art equipment tailored according to the needs of the military and security forces. In which it is crucial to understand the intelligence collection details and its connections to the higher level HQ planning process for providing the full solution for the clients.
    In the end of 2020, Mr Jõesaar accepted the offer to become the representative of the participating member states of the iMUGS project. By being the link between the industry consortium and the participating nations, he will play the key role in ensuring the full transparency of the project and helping all counterparts to understand the process in the mutual way. Coordinating such a complex international and multilingual project was the kind of challenge he gladly accepted.
     

    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Engineering & Project Support Branch Chief, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Miguel Ramos

    Education: MSc in Aeronautical Engineering , PgC in Technology Management, and Prince 2 and MSP Practitioner.
    Experience: 27 years of experience providing and managing in-service support for military systems. After 5 years serving in the Spanish Air Force as Project Officer, I joined NSPA (former NAMSA) in 1999 responsible for anti-tank systems support, later expanded to Land Combat Missiles and Electro-Optical Systems and since 2014 responsible for the Engineering and Project Support Branch (Air and Land Combat Systems Programme) where I lead a team of 50 engineers and technicians providing project support and technical assistance for Life Cycle Management of combat systems including missiles, artillery and armoured vehicles.
     

    Mr Pasi Niemelä

    System Architect, SAVOX Communications Oy Ab
    Mr Pasi Niemelä

    Pasi has long career in defence industry including land, sea and air domains. Participation in LAVOSAR and MILVA standardization bodies has grown him to be an Open Architecture evangelist. Pasi’s expertise is currently used to form evolving customer expectations to tactical level information system roadmaps. Taking in to account human cognitive abilities in technical solutions for stressful environments is important aspect for Pasi.

    Mr Yuval Nahum

    Vice President Sales , Nir-Or
    Mr Yuval Nahum

    Periklis Charchalakis

    Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
    Periklis Charchalakis

    Professor Antonios Tsourdos

    Head of the Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre, Cranfield University
    Professor Antonios Tsourdos

    Thomas Ferris

    Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
    Thomas Ferris

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Supporters

    VENUE

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SAE Media Group. SAE Media Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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    Speaker Interview - Jukka Lemola, Patria

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    Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness Brochure 2022

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    Conference Chair Letter

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    Chair & Speaker Biographies

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    Past Attendees

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    Past Presentation - Alexander Rasmussen, PMPNT

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    Past Presentation - Joseph Needham, DSTL

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    Past Presentation- Andrea Menconi, Gore

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Concurrent Technologies

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.gocct.com

    Concurrent Technologies designs a range of high-performance Intel® processor solutions, for use in critical applications. Our products are used by many of the world’s leading integrators within the Defence and Aerospace markets and are designed to be operated in a range of temperatures and environments from benign to extreme rugged.

    Our extensive product portfolio contains a number of key VPX embedded computer solutions developed specifically for the development of military systems. Our expert engineers are at the forefront of new innovations, and we strive to constantly provide higher power and more robust solutions to meet the ever-changing requirements of our customers and their applications.

    Our latest released product is our enhanced position, navigation, and timing card: PR A11/61d-RCR which provides resilient PNT data for sensor-based solutions that are used in Electronic Warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance applications.

    In normal operation, PR A11/61d-RCR sources highly accurate PNT data from a built in GNSS receiver and uses this to discipline a Chip Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC). This, in turn, feeds radial clock signals to the signal processing plug in cards that make up a VPX based sensor subsystem. In periods of GNSS denial or jamming, accurate PNT data continues to be provided by utilising signals from a built in Inertial Measurement Unit and sophisticated Kalman filtering techniques.



    Galleon

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.galleonec.com

    Galleon Embedded Computing is an innovative leader in the development of rugged deployed server and data recorder systems. Galleon offers high-performance, high-quality, rugged storage and data recorder systems, servers and NAS/networked devices and XMC IO modules. Galleon’s offerings span from commercial grade products for benign environments to ruggedized products for deployed systems in severe environments.


    Nir Or / Axon vision

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.nir-or.com

    Nir-Or Ltd. is a leading provider of Mission System and MMI military-grade products for air, ground, and naval applications. Since its establishment in 1986, Nir-Or collaborates with the world's leading defense integrators, platform manufacturers, and armed forces. It provides Cutting-Edge mission displays controls and computers, video management, vetronics solutions, and SAVS - AI-based Situational Awareness suits. With products fielded and proven in thousands of platforms globally, Nir-Or is a trusted partner by leading military platforms operators, manufactures, and system integrators.

    Nir-Or is part of the IMCO group (TASE:IMCO), a leading provider of complex defense solutions for air, ground, and naval applications.

    Axon-Vision

    Founded in 2017, Axon Vision is a leader in AI solutions for the defense industry. The modern battlefield consists of small targets concealed in an urban area. Additionally, current sensors are flooding the human operator with information. Our technology boosts the effectiveness and survivability of manned & unmanned platforms by increasing situational awareness, speeding decision-making and enabling autonomous capabilities. Our products are integrated into military-grade platforms, through partnerships with leading multi-national companies. We uncover the full and uncompromising potential of AI to solve today’s most critical challenges while leading tomorrow’s AI-powered defense technology.



    W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.gore.com/products/industries/military

    Gore & Associates: Almost twenty years ago, Gore introduced what would be the first in the line of exciting innovations for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers—the GORE® LYOGUARD® Freeze-Drying Tray. Since then, we’ve developed many single- and multi-use products and process components—all with the express focus on improving the customer experience by applying our materials technology and engineering know-how to deliver step-change performance.

    Media Partners


    Army Technology

    Supporters
    http://www.army-technology.com

    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


    Defense Advancement

    Supporters
    https://www.defenseadvancement.com/

    DefenseAdvancement.com (DA) is a defense marketing and supplier sourcing platform, showcasing supplier capabilities across aerospace, land, naval and security domains. Operated by the team behind UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com, DA connects governments, armed forces and the entire defense and security supply chain, giving suppliers an online platform to showcase their technologies and capabilities.


    Homeland Security

    Supporters
    http://www.homeland-sec.de/en/epaper-global-security/

    HOMELAND SECURITY is a publishing house that produces specialist periodicals. “Homeland Security“ is a quarterly specialist periodical in German language and “Global Security“ is released twice a year in English language. They focus on international political, scientific, technical and additional up-to-date challenges arising from the sectors of safety and security, civil protection, disaster assistance and security research. The periodicals aim at decision makers in politics, ministries, public services and industry. Our specialist editorial team is located all over the world (e. g. USA, Canada, Australia, Asia). Accordingly, reporting is being carried out on the spot. Please have a look at a sample issue of our magazine “Global Security”: http://www.homeland-sec.de/en/epaper-global-security/


    Soldier Modernisation

    Supporters
    http://www.soldiermod.com

    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA

    Supporters
    http://www.segurancaedefesa.com/

    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”) is the recognized leader among South American printed defense magazines. It has been in the market for 37 years, and presently is the only one of its kind in Brazil to be nationally distributed. Sold on news stands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector in Brazil and in South American countries.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

    Supporters
    https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/

    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


    SecurityClearedJobs.com

    Supporters
    http://www.SecurityClearedJobs.com

    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.


    Counter-IED Report

    Supporters
    http://www.counteriedreport.com

    Counter-IED Report is a leading international subscription-based publication, which covers the latest developments in the fight against the IED threat. We aim to identify technological advances as well as strategies and tactics for countering threat networks, reduce IED manufacture and placement, assist post-conflict humanitarian demining and capacity building efforts worldwide. For more information please visit website: www.counteriedreport.com


    Unmanned Systems Technology

    Supporters
    https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/

    Unmanned Systems Technology.com (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned systems. Our website and weekly e-newsletter provide up-to-the-minute information about technological developments in this sector – both military and commercial – to a global audience, with over 80,000 visitors from over 200 countries every month. Our comprehensive supplier profiles showcase products, services and capabilities in the unmanned land, sea and air vehicle industry.


    Military Simulation and Training Magazine

    Supporters
    http://www.halldale.com

    For more than 38 years MS&T Magazine has been the leading simulation and training publication for the defence industry and remains the only publication entirely dedicated to simulation and training in the military. Published 4 times per year, each issue typically carries at least five major articles, an industry news and analysis wrap-up, coverage of recent events, an industry calendar and more, including the coveted MS&T Industry Awards. Make sure you register on our website for free unlimited access to features and news, industry event information, and sign up for our popular weekly newsletter here: https://www.halldale.com/user/profile


    Defence Today

    Supporters
    http://defencetoday.com

    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.


    Asian Military Review

    Supporters
    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


    Armada International

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    http://armadainternational.com

    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    Picante

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    http://www.picante.today/

    PICANTE is a news-publishing website that digests the latest news about technology, entertainment, lifestyle, finance and politics and serves them to you daily. You will find the latest in AI, mobile technology, home-land security, data analytics, fashion, pop & movie culture, political developments and much more. http://www.picante.today/

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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