About the 2015 Symposium

The increased occurrence of natural CBRN hazardous substances, potential threats arising from in-dustrial infrastructures, and the use of CBRN weapons (Weapons of Mass Destruction/warfare agents) and CBRN hazardous substances used by both governmental and non-governmental actors are the main categories of CBRN threats.These CBRN categories demand the development of a modern CBRN defence as part of a country’s overall defence and security system. These threat categories have in part been created and intensi-fied through globalization and the (inter-) networking of all countries and societies. It coincides with a worldwide transfer of knowledge that knows no boundaries, also in areas of sensitive technologies. Threats that arise from proliferation also have decisive impact on the development of CBRN defence capabilities.The adjustment of national and international CBRN Defence Capabilities to such conditions and threat categories must apply to every day hazard- and incidents situations, as well as to scenarios and situations of national importance, and within the deployment areas of the Armed Forces. Over-all, the handling of situations from chemical, biological and radiological and nuclear hazards, up to damage caused by nuclear weapons, requires extremely sophisticated, often multidisciplinary proce-dures – not only within crisis management and command organizations, but also within civilian and military operational organizations.The goal of the CBRN defence is to secure the best possible protection of the respective population as well as the civilian and military mission personnel against the impact and effect of natural and an-thropogenic CBRN hazards. This requires the cooperation of all authorities involved in national secu-rity planning for the prevention (avoidance) and provision (preparedness) and managing (response/recovery) of CBRN hazards and incidents.CBRN hazards are a global danger, which must be dealt with in a common, internationally responsi-ble manner. Furthermore, an efficient CBRN defence for all countries requires close cooperation of all involved departments as well as non-governmental organizations, within the framework of the re-spective national defence and security system. This is necessary; firstly, to be able to jointly develop crucial capabilities in a goal oriented approach, and secondly, to enable appropriate joint operations should this become necessary, depending on the scenario.This fundamental approach of an overarching cooperation between political leaders, ministries, ad-ministrations, research and teaching, the industry and not least the media in a national and interna-tional scale will guide us through the upcoming Symposium. Political and strategic topics will be dis-cussed in the plenum, procedural and operative issues will be discussed in the expert panels.Our Symposium provides all participants with the opportunity to enter into a dialogue, to make new contacts and refresh existing ones. There will be room for national and international decision-makers, conceptual thinkers, developers, procurers and the users to exchange ideas and informa-tion. What you can expect from the 2015 Symposium Up to 1.000 guests from about 50 nations will attend the 3rd International Symposium on Develop-ment of CBRN-Defence Capabilities, held in the Hotel Maritim proArte in Berlin October 20th to Octo-ber 22nd, 2015. This high-ranking international meeting is organised by the Centre of Studies and Conferences of the German Association for Defence Technology and is under the auspices of the GE Federal Ministry of Defence, supported by the GE Federal Ministry of the Interior and the GE Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance and the Association of the German Army.

Key Facts

- Up to 1.000 visitors- 2 days main programme- Up to 16 Panel Sessions- Free of charge for authorities- 70+ international Speakers- Large Exhibition Area- Wide spectrum of information- Supported by two German Federal Ministries- Poster Sessions

Call for Papers

The open call for papers starts in October 2014 and ends on January 30th, 2015. You are invited to submit your proposal for a Speech or Poster Presentation that deals with the following topic/s.- B - Reconnaissance / Analytic / Forensic- C - Reconnaissance / Analytic / Forensic- N/R-Reconnaissance / Analytic / Forensic- CBRN Sensor Integration- Decontamination and Disinfection- Evaluation/ Prognosis/ Consultation- Integrated CBRN detection solutions- Medical CBRN Response- Personal and Collective Protection- Psychosocial Emergency Management- Reporting System (Civil / Military)- Risk and Crisis Communication- Risk Assessment / Analysis / Scenarios- Education and Training- Disinfection and Protection in Epidemics – Procedures and Equipment

Please submit your abstract (English, max. 250 words) not later than January 30th, 2015 to


Papers will be reviewed by an international committee, Authors notification in March 2015.