SMi are proud to host the second annual Network Centric Warfare conference, which will convene at the Crowne Park Plaza in Rome on the 1st and 2nd February 2018.

As we look into the 21st century, the way in which military forces communicate, disseminate intelligence and issue orders is changing as several NATO-aligned nations pursue network enabled capabilities programmes. There is now an emphasis on ‘system of systems’ network that empowers a robust web of interaction between air and ground forces – maximising asset deployment and creating a common operating picture.

As battlespace has become digitised, the focus on data and communication networking between joint forces and command and control facilities has taken centre stage. With combat exercises increasingly operating in asymmetrical environments, there is a growing need to exploit well networked forces. In this context, through streams of data and real-time analysis, decision making on the ground has become more effective and efficient - with robustly networked forces adaptively responding to threats with versatility and agility.

With the Italian MoD - in conjunction with industry - controlling the development zeitgeist through the Forza NEC (network enabled capability) programme, there is a clear demonstration of a continuing focus on building network enabled capability and senior military investment in the process.

The Network Centric Warfare conference will focus on key aspects challenging and enhancing joint operations - in particular, utilisation of digital fire support, interoperability between air and ground based communication systems, digitalisation of battlespace, improving technical education and the Forza NEC programme.

Offering an array of social opportunities Network Centric Wafare will host coffee receptions and lunches to provide military end users, programme managers, vendors and research agencies over 3 and a half hours of networking during the conference.

VIP Treatment:
To all the SMI delegates choosing to stay at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in February and March, we will offer an upgrade to a superior room and welcome drink voucher


Hear the very latest advances from Armies, Air forces and Joint Force Commands related to:

  • Digitalisation of battlespace
  • Forza NEC
  • Technical education programmes
  • Communication network interoperability
  • Situational awareness through network enabled ISR data
  • Digital fires

Ab connectors; AERONAUTICA MILITARE; Allied Command Transformation; Allied Joint Force Command Naples; Canadian Army; Center for Applied Studies; Difesa Online; Elettronica; European Union Military Staff; Greek Army; Irish Defence Forces; Istituto Affari Internazionali; Italian Air Force; Italian Army; Italian Army Aviation; Italian Army Logistic Command; Italian MoD; Italian Navy; Leonardo; Leonardo S.p.A; NATO Allied Command Transformation; NATO C3 Agency; NATO Defence College Foundation; NATO Defense College; NATO LANDCOM; Northrop Grumman; Norwegian Armed Forces; Plasan-Sasa; Radionor communications AS; Rheinmetal Defence; Rheinmetall Italia S.P.A.; Royal Netherlands Army; SOUCY DEFENSE; Swedish Defence University; Thales Denmark A/S; UK MOD; US Army; US Army Europe; US EUCOM;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Giorgio Battisti

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Giorgio Battisti, Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

9:10 Strategic Overview of digital transformation in Italian MoD

Major General Angelo Palmieri

Major General Angelo Palmieri, Chief of 6th Division C4i and Transformation and Chief Information Officer, Italian Army


·         Overview on the evolution of Strategic ICT Infrastructure and the case study of Italian Defence Information Infrastructure
·         Evolution of C2 Systems and possible development toward a Service Oriented Architecture
·         The importance of Cyber Security in a Network Centric Warfare environment to gain and keep supremacy in all traditional domains
·         The importance of cyber in order to define operational needs and analyse capability gaps

9:40 Forza NEC (Network Enabled Capability): Developing the Italian Armed Forces Joint Operational Capability Through New Technologies

Brigadier General Francesco Bruno

Brigadier General Francesco Bruno, Commander, Pinerolo Brigade, Italian Army


·          An overview of the Forza NEC programme and an update on current progress of network modernisation within the Italian Army
·          How improved information sharing between land, air and sea units will develop joint operational capability through a streamlining of communications between branches
o    Building interoperability between communication systems used to ensure network-enabled capabilities are optimised
o    Expanding command and control mechanisms within networked forces
·          Integrating cyber defences into network systems to limit operational vulnerabilities
·          Future for further development of net-centric capabilities within the Italian Army

10:10 See First Will Increase Mission Effectiveness

Mr Giuseppe Prinzivalle

Mr Giuseppe Prinzivalle, Capability Communications, Leonardo


The importance of the UAV system in the netcentric scenario to:
  • Improve target identification  
  • Improve exploitation and dissemination
  • Improve mission effectiveness  
  • Leonardo SpA solutions in term of:
    • Platform
    • Mission system
    • Sensor
    • Communication system.

10:40 Morning Coffee

11:10 An Overview of the Artillery Systems Cooperation Activities (ASCA) Programme and its Role in Enabling Digital Fires

Colonel Thomas Williams

Colonel Thomas Williams, G3 Chief of Fires, Operations Directorate, US Army Europe


·          How ASCA enables different nations to conduct fire support missions
o    Improving multi-force coalition operations through further development of allied networked forces
·          Optimising artillery accuracy, survivability and responsiveness through use of networked, software intensive fire control systems
·          Recent success of Exercise Bold Quest 17-2 in improving coalition communication and digital fires network interoperability
·          Going forward: integrating more partners into ASCA to establish more effective digital fire support by removing radio relays and language barriers to create common points of reference

11:40 Federated Mission Networking (FMN) as a key enabler for NATO’s Connected Forces Initiative

Colonel Joachim Neumueller

Colonel Joachim Neumueller, Director of FMN, J6, NATO SHAPE



·         The Federated Mission Networking (FMN) as a key enabler of instant connection of forces across networking environments
·         Evolving levels of interoperability to ensure constant growth of operational effectiveness
·         An overview of how the FMN Framework consisting of the FMN Management with its sub-structure and FMN Framework products and activities can beneficially support the achievement of these goals
·         Instigating a cultural change within mission planning and execution


12:10 Modelling and Simulation as a Key Component of Future C4ISTAR Systems Enabling a Wide Scale of Operational Decision Support

Captain Vincenzo Milano

Captain Vincenzo Milano, Director, NATO M&S COE


·       How computer support of decision making in military is not already exceptional, but it still falls out within the domain of the direct operational decision support of the commanders

·       C4ISTAR Systems applied in future operational environment, from contemporary technological perspective, slowly reach its ‘pragmatic’ edge and impose tremendous workload on information management and analytical personnel and how this needs to be changed

·       The core of solution consists of wide set of operational tasks, usually multi-criteria decision problems, backed by the computing power of the latest technology

·       There exist several approaches to the modeling, simulation and optimization of operational activities, which needs to be proved in operational environment


12:40 Networking Lunch

13:40 The Future of Command and Control - How Defence Should Best Develop and Sustain an Enduring and Agile C2 Capability

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Hill

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Hill, DCDC-Concepts Land 2, British Army


  • Context – how and why current C2 is being questioned and challenged
  • Evolution of C2 - the need for Agility
  • Agile C2 – what it is and how we get there
  • Enabling future C2 – the complex interactions between people, structures, technology and processes

14:10 Optimizing Secure Military Communications with Wireless Mobility

Mr Robert Schena

Mr Robert Schena, CEO, Rajant Corporation


·         Not All Mesh Is Equal
·         Security and Mobility in These Asymmetric Warfare Times
·         Kinetic Mesh® Networks – Field Success Stories

14:50 Maximising Coalition Operational Success Through Effective Communication Interoperability Between NATO Partners

Dr Gregory Edwards

Dr Gregory Edwards, Head of Infrastructure Services & Transition Services, NATO


·          Successes delivering telecommunication capability to support NATO operations within an asymmetrical environment
o    How effective network centric communication capabilities optimise adaptive dispersed operations between joint forces
·          Overcoming capability gaps by standardising system architecture and establishing common communication system standards between NATO partners
o    Successes of the Connected Forces Initiative (CFI) in building NATO communication interoperability

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Delivering Agile Networking

Dr Chris Williams

Dr Chris Williams, Principal Scientist Cyber and Information Systems Division, DSTL


·          What is network agility and why does it matter?
        .          What are the underlying principles of implementing agile systems?
·          Key enablers and state of the art
·          Looking forward: a roadmap for network agility


16:20 Optimising Joint Operational Capabilities Through Enhanced Data Dissemination and Tactical Coordination

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Giuseppe Morabito

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Giuseppe Morabito, Director, NATO Defence College Foundation


·          Developing improved tactical data relays between ISR platforms and ground forces to maximise domain situational awareness
·          Current procurement processes for net-centric technologies within the Middle East
o    Update on the success of GATR (ground air receive system) in achieving enhanced communications within joint operations
·          Maximising tactical data interoperability between coalition partners to optimise combined operational capability

16:50 An Italian Perspective on Improving Joint Air Operations Within Asymmetrical Combat Environments

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Leandro De  Vincenti

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Leandro De Vincenti, Former Italian Air Operations Commander and Former Chief of Staff JFC Naples, Italian Air Force


·         An overview of how strategic environments have changed and how new airborne strategies are required to adapt to the degraded and asymmetrical battlespace of the future
·         Consider the possible impacts on the Electromagnetic Spectrum and the NEC “Domain” in case of contested and/or degraded environment since the beginning of the Joint Operation Planning Process 
·         The importance of robust cyber security to combat CEMA (cyber and electromagnetic) threats to network communications, C2 and tactical data links
·         Building interoperability standards among NATO partners to maximise joint aerial operation effectiveness 
·         Looking forward: building further connectivity between air, see and ground forces to grant a joint force integration through availability of an expanded Common Operating Picture


17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Giorgio Battisti

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Giorgio Battisti, Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army

9:10 Optimising Joint Operational Capabilities Through Enhanced Data Dissemination and Tactical Coordination

Brigadier Richard  Spencer

Brigadier Richard Spencer, Head of Battlefield Tactical Communications and Information Systems Delivery Team, UK MoD


·         How intensely networked forces work together create battlefield force multiplication
o    Utilisation of real time data and communication systems to improve Command and Control (C2) and operational effectiveness
·         Delivering an open agile network through EvO (evolve to open) of legacy communication systems
·         Successes of BATCIS (Battlefield Tactical Communications and Information Systems) in delivering the next generation communication networks for the UK MoD
·         Working with industry partners to secure long term interoperability
·         Looking forward: future ambitions of Project Morpheus



9:40 Maximising Canadian Emergency Response Capability Through Utilisation of Network Enabled Technologies

Colonel Mark Parsons

Colonel Mark Parsons, Director Land Communications Infrastructure , Canadian Armed Forces


·         An overview of how robustly networked forces can respond with more versatility to emerging threats and crisis’s
·         How net-centric communications enable rapid concentration of military forces within combat environments
o    Recent successes of Operation Staged Response 2017 in developing Canadian Armed Forces rapid response capability
·         Improving command and control (C2) through real time data and communication connections between ground forces and command centres
·         Going forward: future ambitions for further net-centric connectivity within the Canadian Armed Forces

10:20 Digitalised Vehicles: Bringing Network Enabled Capabilities into the Mobile Land Domain

Mr Guerino Giancola

Mr Guerino Giancola, Head of Strategic Marketing for C4I and Communications, Leonardo

  • Digitally interconnected military vehicles increase the capacity for crew and commanders to exchange critical tactical information and achieve a shared situational awareness. By introduction of modern digitization kits into both new and existing platforms, Land Forces are provided with the capability to discern where friendly and hostile elements are located on the battlefield, to improve manoeuvre and engagement, and to make full use of all the available resources assigned for the mission. The presentation will illustrate the most recent advances in vehicle electronic systems and how it's possible today to bring the power of networking into ground tactical operations
  • 10:50 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Mission Partner Environment

    Colonel Carl J Worthington

    Colonel Carl J Worthington, Commander 2nd Theater Signal Brigade , US Army Europe

  • Capability to rapidly project a dominant ground force anywhere in the world within days
  • Delivering multi-functional, multi-mission re-configurable system of systems to maximise joint interopability, strategic transportability and commonality of mission roles


  • 11:50 Installation as a Docking Station for Improved Mission Command and Network Centric Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel John Reeder

    Lieutenant Colonel John Reeder, Commander 509th Signal Battalion, 2nd Signal Battalion , US Army


    ·         Rapid response – how Installation as a Docking Station improves military agility
    ·         Delivering intuitive, multi-functional and multi-mission technologies to facilitate improved NCW  
    ·         Changing mindsets and culture concerning Network Centric Operations
    ·         Overcoming operational challenges by ensuring a flexible service delivery platform for information and intelligence sharing

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Network Centric Warfare Within the Royal Netherlands Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Ligtenberg

    Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Ligtenberg, Branch Chief, ISTAR, Royal Netherlands Air Force


    ·          Optimising strategic situational awareness through investment projects for targeting systems and a multinational Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) unit
    ·          How Network Centric Warfare (NCW) force structure enables more effective utilisation of ISR data through more efficient dissemination of data
    ·          Overcoming security challenges around data share within the military domain

    13:50 Improving Maritime Awareness Through Space Surveillance Systems

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Andrea Mucedola

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Andrea Mucedola , Former C4ISR ACT Branch Head, Italian Navy


    ·          Advantages of utilising satellite surveillance systems to improve domain awareness
    ·          Integrating data from space-based intelligence gathering assets to the wider network in support of local operations
    ·          Building cooperation and interoperability between maritime agencies to improve total data gathered
    ·          Future developments for Maritime ISR and prospects for satellite systems

    14:20 Compressing Sensors to Enable Improved Radar Coverage and Build Domain Awareness

    Dr Filippo Biondi

    Dr Filippo Biondi, Signal Processing Researcher , University of L'Aquila


    ·          How improved radar coverage will build domain awareness through strategic data utilisation
    ·          Further refining Network Centric radar technology to enable continuous wave radar and compressing sensor data to improve under soil hidden target acquisition
    ·          Looking forward: building international interoperability standards within NATO partners and departments within the Italian MoD

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Automated information distribution in decentralised Battle Management System

    Major Veiko Dieves

    Major Veiko Dieves, Junior Researcher, Center for Applied Studies, Estonia


    ·          Overcoming transport layer problems in Battle Management Systems through distributed situational awareness models and designated end user agents for information packages
    ·          Accelerating decision making on the lower tactical level through bandwidth revolution enabled information being presented to the end user
    ·          An overview of current research of the Estonian National Defence College
    o    Situational Awareness models on different tactical levels (squad to company) – describing and validating Distributed Situational Awareness models;
    o    Modelling of dynamic systems – how to model shifting Situational Awareness requirements in dynamic artificial agents on the Battlefield;
    o    Mist-computing concept application in real life scenarios – how to model designated message decay in dynamic system.

    15:50 Deceive the Deceivers – a Net-Centric Approach to Hybrid Warfare

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Giorgio Cuzzelli

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Giorgio Cuzzelli, Former Coordinator, Comprehensive Crisis and Operations. Management Centre NATO SHAPE, Italian Army


    ·          Introduction. The Strategic relevance of Hybrid Warfare
    ·          What is Hybrid Warfare, and is it really new? A few examples of linear, non-linear & unconventional manoeuvre at the Strategic level in the last 100 years
    ·          The Tools of the Offender. Deception, Surprise and the Fog of War
    ·          The Tools of the Defender. A Comprehensive, Net-Centric Approach to the threat
    ·          Conclusion. Is Net-Centric the best Approach to Hybrid?

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Brigadier General Francesco Bruno

    Brigadier General Francesco Bruno

    Commander, Pinerolo Brigade, Italian Army
    Brigadier Richard  Spencer

    Brigadier Richard Spencer

    Head of Battlefield Tactical Communications and Information Systems Delivery Team, UK MoD
    Colonel Carl J Worthington

    Colonel Carl J Worthington

    Commander 2nd Theater Signal Brigade , US Army Europe
    Colonel Joachim Neumueller

    Colonel Joachim Neumueller

    Director of FMN, J6, NATO SHAPE
    Colonel Mark Parsons

    Colonel Mark Parsons

    Director Land Communications Infrastructure , Canadian Armed Forces
    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Chief of 6th Division C4i and Transformation and Chief Information Officer, Italian Army

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Giorgio Cuzzelli

    Former Coordinator, Comprehensive Crisis and Operations. Management Centre NATO SHAPE, Italian Army
    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Giorgio Cuzzelli

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Giuseppe Morabito

    Director, NATO Defence College Foundation
    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Giuseppe Morabito

    Brigadier General Francesco Bruno

    Commander, Pinerolo Brigade, Italian Army
    Brigadier General Francesco Bruno

    Brigadier Richard Spencer

    Head of Battlefield Tactical Communications and Information Systems Delivery Team, UK MoD
    Brigadier Richard  Spencer

    Captain Vincenzo Milano

    Director, NATO M&S COE
    Captain Vincenzo Milano

    Colonel Carl J Worthington

    Commander 2nd Theater Signal Brigade , US Army Europe
    Colonel Carl J Worthington

    Colonel Joachim Neumueller

    Director of FMN, J6, NATO SHAPE
    Colonel Joachim Neumueller

    Colonel Mark Parsons

    Director Land Communications Infrastructure , Canadian Armed Forces
    Colonel Mark Parsons

    Colonel Thomas Williams

    G3 Chief of Fires, Operations Directorate, US Army Europe
    Colonel Thomas Williams

    Dr Chris Williams

    Principal Scientist Cyber and Information Systems Division, DSTL
    Dr Chris Williams

    Dr Filippo Biondi

    Signal Processing Researcher , University of L'Aquila
    Dr Filippo Biondi

    Dr Gregory Edwards

    Head of Infrastructure Services & Transition Services, NATO
    Dr Gregory Edwards

    Lieutenant Colonel Jim Hill

    DCDC-Concepts Land 2, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Jim Hill

    Lieutenant Colonel John Reeder

    Commander 509th Signal Battalion, 2nd Signal Battalion , US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel John Reeder

    Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Ligtenberg

    Branch Chief, ISTAR, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Ligtenberg

    Lieutenant General (Retd.) Giorgio Battisti

    Commander Italian Army Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
    Lieutenant General (Retd.) Giorgio Battisti

    Lieutenant General (Retd.) Leandro De Vincenti

    Former Italian Air Operations Commander and Former Chief of Staff JFC Naples, Italian Air Force
    Lieutenant General (Retd.) Leandro De  Vincenti

    Luigi Scollo

    Formed Chief of Staff NATO Rapid Deployable Italian Corps, NATO Rapid Reaction Force Italy
    Luigi Scollo

    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Chief of 6th Division C4i and Transformation and Chief Information Officer, Italian Army
    Major General Angelo Palmieri

    Major Veiko Dieves

    Junior Researcher, Center for Applied Studies, Estonia
    Major Veiko Dieves

    Mr Giuseppe Prinzivalle

    Capability Communications, Leonardo
    Mr Giuseppe Prinzivalle

    Mr Guerino Giancola

    Head of Strategic Marketing for C4I and Communications, Leonardo
    Mr Guerino Giancola

    Mr Robert Schena

    CEO, Rajant Corporation
    Mr Robert Schena

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Andrea Mucedola

    Former C4ISR ACT Branch Head, Italian Navy
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Andrea Mucedola

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    Defence-Suppliers provides a unique platform to present your latest equipment and systems to the world's defence and security industry. We are a key information resource for MODs, DODs, decision makers, governments, prime contractors, service chiefs, defence ministers, police forces and system integrators. Delivering a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when developments occur. With links to all the major industry events, the portal provides an opportunity for visitors to develop international relationships and generate new business opportunities.

    Satnews Publishers


    Satnews Publishers is a leader in the delivery of timely and accurate news and data for the commercial and military satellite industries. Satnews publications include Satnews Daily, Weekly, Mobile, SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine. Our data products include the International Satellite Directory and SatFinder, both industry standard tools. Visit: www.satnews.com.



    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.

    Satellite Evolution Group


    The Satellite Evolution Group delivers a portfolio of must-read publications including; Satellite Evolution Asia; Satellite Evolution EMEA; and Satellite Evolution Global. Containing news, analysis, case studies, and renowned Q&As - the magazines are a must-read. In addition to print magazines, the Satellite Evolution Group delivers products across a complete multimedia platform including email, CD, HTML, audio, and video streaming.

    Crisis Response Journal


    Crisis Response Journal is the international publication focusing on response, resilience, continuity and security issues arising from large scale natural and man-made disasters, emergencies and terrorist attacks. CRJ analyses past events to draw vital lessons for the future, while constantly scanning the horizon to identify and help mitigate new threats.



    Viasatellite.com, integrating SatelliteTODAY, delivers actionable news and in-depth analysis in all sectors of the market (broadcasting, enterprise, military, broadband, commercial and civil space) providing users with a complete picture of the satellite landscape on a daily basis.

    Aviation News


    As Britain’s longest established monthly aviation journal, Aviation News is renowned for providing the best coverage of every branch of aviation. Now incorporating Classic Aircraft, each issue features the latest news and in-depth features, plus firsthand accounts from pilots putting you in the cockpit. Covering both modern military and civil aircraft, as well as classic types from yesteryear, it features subjects from World War Two, through the Cold War years to present day. Aviation News brings you the past, present and future of flight.

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    Inderscience Publishers


    Inderscience is a dynamic, leading, independent journal publisher. The company disseminates the latest research across the broad fields of science, engineering and technology; management, public and business administration; environment, ecological economics and sustainable development; computing, ICT and internet/web services, and related areas. Inderscience offers over 35 years' experience in publishing and has succeeded in building a substantial collection approaching 400 high-quality peer-reviewed international research journals in both online and print formats. We offer a variety of ways to keep up-to-date with the latest published leading-edge research while our online collection represents a fully-searchable digital archive of around 60,000 articles.

    Defence and Security Alert


    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and the only ISO 9001:2008 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Committed to global defence and security, DSA covers a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders. DSA is the only Indian magazine in this genre, available on the Indian Air Force (IAF) Intranet.

    We present DSA to you as an ideal platform in the domain of defence and security to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.

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    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

    The hotel is only 20 minutes’ drive from Fiumicino Airport. Checkout the timetable of our scheduled airport shuttle which will allow you to easily reach the hotel at a very special price. Use our scheduled shuttle bus to/from the city centre to discover the beauties of the Eternal City. You’ll find wireless Internet throughout the hotel, allowing you to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues at any time. Hold your meetings in one of our 13meeting rooms able to host up to 600 delegates. Possibility of organizing dinners and special occasions by the pool, hiring the Roman Bath for private and exclusive use, planning open air team buildings and many more ideas for events out of the ordinary



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    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.


    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.


    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, SMI 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.


    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.

    CPD Certificates

    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@smi-online.co.uk

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