The biennial event will play host to more than 1600 exhibitors from around the world, along with more than 34,000 global visitors, including military and government officials, academia and members of industry. With 8 weeks still to go until the doors open, DSEI 2017 is already the most comprehensive DSEI to date, and accordingly has continued to increase both the range of features and exhibitors on the show floor as well as the DSEI Strategic Conferences and Seminar Programme.
Extensive Conference Programme
The DSEI Strategic Conferences programme is expanding this year to meet the growing visitor demand to hear from the experts that the event attracts. On Day Zero Monday 11 September, five Conference streams will run, compared to the three inaugural Conferences in 2015.
This year’s event will provide a unique opportunity for senior industry professionals, high-ranking military and government officials from across the globe to discuss some of the most pressing questions, requirements and issues across key areas. Focusing on policy, strategy, innovation and the implications of future equipment programmes, the conferences will cover five key topics: Land Capability, Air Capability, Maritime Capability, The Future of Military Rotorcraft, and Trauma Innovation & Military Medicine. Demand for access to the conferences is high, so to ensure your access to Day Zero – book now.
DSEI will also be hosting Triple Serpent, the UK Surgeon General’s conference to which the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services in NATO are invited. This conference usually runs every few years and the Surgeon General has chosen to run it at DSEI for the first time.
Following the DSEI Strategic Conferences, a full Seminar Programme will run throughout the event from 12-15 September, with industry, academia, media and military discussing a broad range of security and defence matters, which are free to attend for all visitors to DSEI.
Unprecedented military and MOD backing
DSEI is held with the full support of the UK Government and military and there will be daily keynote speeches from senior government and military figures. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC, Chief of the Air Staff, who will be delivering a keynote address at DSEI on Wednesday 13 September, commented: “I very much look forward to continuing my personal support to DSEI. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the development of airpower capability, through engagement with the widest range of industry and international partners”.
Reflecting the backing DSEI receives from across the Armed Forces, the Chief of the Air Staff will be joined by General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff; General Sir Chris Deverell KCB MBE ADC Gen, Commander, Joint Forces Command; and Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.
The UK Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP; the Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin MP; the Secretary of State for International Trade, Rt Hon Liam Fox MP; and the Minister of State for Security, Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP have also confirmed that they will deliver keynote addresses at DSEI.
DSEI’s exhibition comprises five themed Zones in conjunction with the Seminar Programme.
The popular Air Zone, fully supported by the Royal Air Force and Joint Helicopter Command, will feature fixed, rotary wing and unmanned platforms and will also include a capability area dedicated to the aerospace supply chain. The Zone will host a comprehensive seminar programme focused on procurement, training, export maximisation and promoting opportunities for SMEs.
DSEI’s Land Zone, which has thrived throughout all editions of the event, has grown by 52% since 2015. The Zone is expected to host an array of notable military vehicles as well as a brand-new feature the Dismounted Soldier Showcase. This will broaden DSEI’s offering to wider range of companies displaying current and future land capabilities. The zone Is sponsored by NIMR and has the full support of the British Army.
One of DSEI’s greatest strengths is its Naval Zone. A popular draw for the maritime sector with its unique dockside positioning, it provides the DSEI audience not only with unrivalled networking opportunities and insights from key decision makers in the Maritime Capability conference and dedicated seminars, but the ability to see first-hand the industry’s latest vessels in action with interactive presentations, waterborne demonstrations, and impressive displays of international warships.
The dedicated Security Zone will showcase security equipment and systems to counter priority threats, such as cyber-attacks and terrorism, as well as an enlarged special forces and tactical equipment area. The Zone centralises the security sector’s expertise with a bespoke community in order to increase networking opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors.
A record number of first-time exhibitors will be showcasing the latest equipment and technologies in conjunction with a catalogue of prime contractors. Within the Security Zone, products and services ranging from security & special forces training, tactical equipment, perimeter security covert & overt surveillance & camera equipment and PPE.
The inaugural Joint Zone, supported by Joint Forces Command, will feature a broad range of global businesses that provide capabilities across the Single Services, Special Forces and humanitarian organisations. Exhibitors within the Zone specialise in everything from C4ISTAR, Logistics, Medical, Robotics and Satcoms. The Joint Zone will also be home to DSEI’s first ever Innovation Hub, providing a shop window for companies, from a wide range of industries to demonstrate their emerging technologies, demonstrating how innovations, not originally envisioned for defence or security, are now ripe for development to meet future challenges in these sectors.
Another significant hub within the Joint Zone will be dedicated to medical innovation. Defence and the military has contributed significantly to the development of medical practice and technology. Exhibitors ranging from Philips to CitizenAid will be demonstrating the latest in medical technology and best practice, while the award-winning Defence Medical Services will conduct live demonstrations to showcase innovative capabilities and strategies to save lives.
The final day of DSEI will be dedicated to one of the Defence and Security sectors key capabilities: People and Skills. The day will focus on the key topics of recruit, retain, develop across the two sectors, involving both military and industry. There will be seminar topics hosted by military and industry, including one by the Royal Navy on ‘How the STEM training of Royal Navy recruits contributes to the raising of technological awareness in society’, while exhibitors around the exhibition will open their stands to discuss recruitment, training and supporting professionals and their work forces.
Duncan Reid, DSEI Event Director, said, “At Clarion Events, we are incredibly proud of what DSEI has become over the years. Now one of the most respected Defence and Security events in the world, DSEI 2017 cannot be missed. The expanded Strategic Conference and Seminar Programme, encompassing the most pressing discussion topics across the sectors, will involve key government, military and industry experts, while the increased range of international exhibitors and visitors will provide excellent business opportunities for all those attending. DSEI will once again be the platform to research, procure, understand new products and services, plus meet and do business with the whole supply chain.”
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Registration is now open for DSEI 2017. Please register online at www.DSEI.co.uk/register17