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The 4th annual Future Solider Technology conference returns to London on the 13th and 14th March 2018.

Future soldier programmes continue to be critically important for dismounted infantry operations around the world. As militaries are expected to operate in diverse environments – from artic to urban landscapes – developing materials, technologies and capabilities that enable soldiers to survive and thrive has become ever more important.

As the only meeting solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology 2018 will provide a unique opportunity to see how emerging technologies and materials are used to overcome challenges in soldier modernisation programmes, from across the world.

It will explore the key categories for development, such as: survivability, lethality, sustainability, mobility and C4i. Along with human factors and ergonomics (size, weight and power of systems), power requirements and much more.

With soldier modernisation programme updates from IdZ-ES, FELIN, PEO Soldier, DE&S, ISSP, Soldat de Zukunft and more this conference will deliver an agenda that is critical for anyone involved in dismounted soldier technology and equipment.

NEW FOR 2018: A pre-conference Focus Day on Soldier Situational Awareness on 12th March 2018!

Hear the very latest advances from Armies, Future Soldier Programme Managers and Joint Force Commands related to:

  • Ballistic protection
  • Soldier lethality
  • C4i systems and situational awareness equipment
  • Night vision and optics
  • Winter warfare capabilities
  • Soldier system power solutions

As well as updates from a variety of national programmes.

  • Future Soldier System Programme Managers
  • Industry OEMs
  • Directors for Land Forces Capability
  • Infantry Trials and Development Unit Commander
  • Infantry Leaders
  • Soldier Systems Researchers
     

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

9:10 Developing the Agile and Versatile Infantry Forces of the Future Through Revolutionary Soldier Systems

Brigadier James Daniel

Brigadier James Daniel, Director, Soldier Training and Special Programmes, British Army

 

·          Current work within the DE&S to develop communication solutions for non-mechanised infantry forces and how they are integrated into the wider network
·          Optimising power usage within soldier technologies to give infantry a battlefield edge for longer
·          Work within the Special Projects Search and Countermeasures (SPCS) to deliver unmanned ground vehicles to support warfighter situational awareness
·          Reducing soldier carry through technological and material innovations to increase troop mobility and agility

9:50 Integrating Cyber Security into Soldier Systems to Optimise Operational Capability

Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert, Project Manager IdZ-ES, Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB)

 

·          Building an integrated and ergonomic soldier system with IT-security developed within the realization phase of two different soldier systems
·          Generate network enabled capability with tactical data links, C4i, optronics and sensor systems 
·          Looking forward: working to next generation of soldier systems with open architecture standards to build interoperability within coalition partners and further promote standardised cyber protection networks

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Enhancing Situational Awareness through Integrated Tactical ISTAR

Mr Christopher Briggs

Mr Christopher Briggs, Capability Advisor - Land ISTAR , DSTL

 

·          Overview of some of the Research and Development activity to enhance the Situational Awareness of soldiers including:
o    Navigation in GPS contested and denied environments
o    Detection of threats
o    Target handoff and cross-cueing
o    Integration of soldiers with tactical ISTAR assets
·          Challenges facing ISTAR and overcoming through new conceptual processes
o    The need to reduce cognitive burden
o    The role of autonomy to overcome personnel and training challenges
o    Integration and modularity

11:40 Creating a Standard for Soldier Connectivity

Mr Mark  Owen

Mr Mark Owen, Director of product strategy and development, TT Electronics - Power & Hybrid Business Unit

 

  • Meeting the challenges of interoperability
  • Today’s performance requirements vs tomorrow
  • How focussing of size and weight can be detrimental to mobility
  • Trading ease of use and reliability, against environmental and electrical performance
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12:20 Panel Discussion: Building Situational Awareness Through Effective Land ISTAR and Communication Networks

  • An overview of the diverse operating environments modern soldiers and marines conduct missions within
  • Supporting effective blue force tracking by optimising mobile deployable communication networks
  • Overcoming terrain challenges and soldier carry consideration within network systems and platforms
  • Maintaining domain awareness through exploitation of land ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition) of enemy combatants
  • Technological developments within micro-UAV's, robotic autonomous systems and night vision in support of ISTAR capabilities
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

    Brigadier James Daniel

    Brigadier James Daniel, Director, Soldier Training and Special Programmes, British Army

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert, Project Manager IdZ-ES, Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB)

    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Dr Duncan Stewart, Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen, Principal Scientist C4i , FFI

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Proceedings of the German MoTaKo Programme

    Mr Rhega Wenske

    Mr Rhega Wenske, Executive Officer R&T, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology

     

    ·          Overview and Objective
    ·          Timeline
    ·          Operational Scenarios and COI Enabling Services
    ·          Potential Tendering Models and Contract Structures

    14:40 Maximising Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Through Integration of Network Enabled Technologies

    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Dr Duncan Stewart, Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL

     

    ·          An overview of historic technical trials with Nett Warrior within British Armed forces and how it has influenced current thought processes on creating robustly networked forces
    ·          Analysis of how data is shared between platforms such as helmet mounted battlecams and infantry formations and command and control
    ·          Balancing additional technologies with soldier load carriage considerations - creating the ergonomic soldier systems of the future
    ·          Weaving further domain awareness technologies into existing combat clothing to maximise operational intelligence

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Exploring Dismounted Soldier System Usability with COTS GPS systems

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Mr Jonathan Svensson, Human Factors Scientist, FOI

     

     

     

    ·          Lessons learnt from the FOI’s participation in soldier modernisation programmes and research on dismounted soldier systems
    ·          Long term study of a motorized Army platoon using a COTS blue force tracking system
    ·          Considerations on display size, night-op usage, usability, transmission and system users
    ·          Individual spatial ability and improvement from different levels of support on spatial tasks such as navigation and target reporting
     

    16:30 Advances in Immersive Technologies that will Enhance Situational Awareness

    Dr Randall Hill

    Dr Randall Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, Institute for Creative Technologies

     

    ·          Training advanced situational awareness leveraging advances in distance learning (CVIT – Captivating Virtual Instruction for Training)
    ·          One World Terrain – tools for building and using a 3D geospatial database by small units in the field
    ·          Experimentation with human-robot teams
    ·          Research in multimodal sensing for reading the emotional state of humans

    17:10 Employing Effective Command and Control to Build Situational Awareness within the NORMANS Programme

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen, Principal Scientist C4i , FFI

     

    ·          ‘Paper to digital’: moving away from physical maps and notes within C2 by exploiting digitised battlespace
    ·          Integrating radar data into dismounted infantry displays to enable ‘red force’ aerial tracking by ground forces and build multi-domain situational awareness
    o    Establishing interoperability between military branches to maximise available intelligence
    ·          Ensuring data is displayed manageably to avoid surplus information disrupting effective decision making   
    ·          Overcoming challenges of data sharing on joint operations to enable effective coalition capabilities
     

    17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Situational Awareness Focus Day

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

    9:10 Progress Towards Creating the Versatile Infantry Fighting Force of the 21st Century

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit

     

    ·          Embedding voice, video and communication data services within dismounted soldier equipment
    o    Successes of the MORPHEUS Project at delivering next generation battlefield tactical communications for the British Army
    ·          Enabling higher tempo operations and better, quicker decision making through improved situational awareness
    o    Balancing future operational equipment requirements with physical and cognitive burdens on the Warfighter
    o    Reducing the size and weight of communication apparatuses
    ·          Minimalising friendly fire incidents through effective utilisation of ‘blue force tracking’

    9:40 Lessons Learned from FELIN to Pave the Way for the Next Generation Enhanced Dismounted Soldier

    Colonel Marc Espitalier

    Colonel Marc Espitalier, Capacity Development Director, French Army

     

    • FELIN: a global system, drawbacks and success
    • What Next?
      • Mounted and dismounted, different technological challenges.
      • Technology acceptance for infantry men
      • Dismounted soldier and collaborative fight project

    10:10 BDATech Capabilities and Applications

    Mr Rick Stone

    Mr Rick Stone, VP of Strategic Planning & Director of UX & HSE, Black Diamond Advanced Technology Ltd

    10:50 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Current Canadian Warfighting Capabilities in Context – the Integrated Soldier System Project

    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Major Daniel Thibodeau, Project Director ISSP, Canadian Forces

     

    ·          Incorporating wearable communication systems into battle suits to robustly network future dismounted infantry
    ·          Enhancing navigation, ISTAR and expeditionary capability through integration of tactical data links connected into the Land Command Support System (LCSS)
    ·          Transcending traditional unit formations: how the ISSP functions on the individual, squad and wider formational level
    ·          Utilising network centric communications for friendly force positional awareness, target acquisition and digital fire support
    ·          Building interoperability with coalition allies through compliance with NATO STAGNAG (standardised agreement) 4677 on dismounted soldier technology

    11:50 Update on the Improvement of Army Combat Helmets Within the PEO Soldier Programme

    Dr James Zheng

    Dr James Zheng, Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier ,

     

    • The challenge of ballistic protection: providing analogous levels of safety whilst reducing helmet weight
    • Successes employing Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) to improve the strength-weight ratio of infantry helmets
      • How the Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II (ACH Gen II) has reduced helmet weight whilst retaining the same levels of protection
      • How the integrated head protection system will include an enhanced helmet, visor and mandible that protects the lower jaw
      • Looking forward: PEO ambitions to use new materials for further mitigate soldier carry burden

    12:20 Panel Discussion: Enhancing Interoperability Standards Among Allied Future Soldiers to Improve Coalition Operations

  • Generating common integrated soldier system architecture within soldier modernisation programmes
  • Ensuring dismounted soldiers have access to coalition partner networks to streamline communication and intelligence sharing
  • Developing joint operational capabilities through shared training and exercises
  • Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit

    Colonel Marc Espitalier

    Colonel Marc Espitalier, Capacity Development Director, French Army

    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Major Daniel Thibodeau, Project Director ISSP, Canadian Forces

    Dr James Zheng

    Dr James Zheng, Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier ,

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Transforming Norwegian Weapon System Lethality with Dismounted Soldier Night Vision Technologies

    Major Rune  Nesland-Steinor

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norwegian Defence Logistical Organisation

     

    ·          The role of observation and long-range object measurement in building domain awareness for infantry
    o    Achieving effective target acquisition capabilities for dismounted soldiers through multi-spectral imagining and long-range optics
    o    How low light winter and artic operations magnify the need for effective night vision technologies
    ·          Working with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to deliver bespoke solutions for weapon system optics
    ·          Integrating object measurement, fall-of-shot correction and extended detection ranges into Norwegian Army weapons
    ·          Enabling extended ISTAR observation missions with night vision that has noiseless operation and long autonomous battery time

    14:20 Advancing Dismounted Soldier Munitions and Small Arms to Optimise Infantry Lethality

    Mr Matthew Walker

    Mr Matthew Walker, Deputy Director at Soldier Division, Lethality Branch, US Army

     

    ·          Current development of soldier launched munitions to provide dismounted infantry with a greater variety of force projection and limit reliance on aerial and naval fire support
    ·          Integrating Precision Guided Mortar Munitions (PGMM) into soldier systems to improve weapon accuracy and targeting capabilities
    ·          Creating a more versatile and independent dismounted soldier force through utilisation of advanced weapon systems
    ·         Considering weapon requirements and capability gaps within US soldier modernisation  

    14:50 Session Reserved for Fischer Connectors

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Achieving Safety and Survival – Employing Effective Ballistic Protection and Combat Clothing

    Mr Johnathan Russell

    Mr Johnathan Russell, Chairman for Dismounted Soldier Systems, Combat Clothing, Integrated Equipment and Protection, Land Capability Group, NATO and Principle Scientist, Protection Division, DSTL

     

    ·          An overview of how the UK identified the VIRTUS requirements
    ·          Optimising combat clothing through use of new materials and technologies
    ·          Maximising soldier survivability through further research into effective ballistic protection and dismounted soldier systems

    16:30 Future Soldier Sustainability in Winter Warfare – How to Increase the Performance

    Mr Svein Martini

    Mr Svein Martini, Principal Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment(FFI)

     

    ·          Examining the main challenges and opportunities of artic warfare
    ·          An analysis of combat clothing and equipment required for winter operational environments
    o    Balancing ballistic protection, reduced heat signature and equipment weight with insulation and survivability features
    o    Successes of the Norwegian Unsupported Polar Expeditions in using minimal fuel consumption portable heating devices developed by FFI
    ·          Optimising nutrients and food supply during winter campaign through R&D

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

    17:10 GMRE Post Conference Drinks Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

    9:10 Key Considerations for Artic Soldier Systems – Driving Operational Performance Through Technological Developments

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli, Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army

     

    ·          Analysis of the main challenges for soldier systems designed for extreme low temperatures
    ·          Working to develop nanowire networked infantry gloves that absorb sweat and generate heat
    o    Optimising touch screen technologies for soldiers in low temperatures – balancing heat conservation and usability
    ·          Additional heating and insulation for key components and impact on soldier effectiveness
    ·          Lessons learnt from the recent Cold Response allied exercises

    9:40 Preparing Royal Marines for Winter Warfare Operations

    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Colonel Matt Jackson, Deputy Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines

     

    ·          An overview of the wet and dry artic environments and the challenges they present
    ·          The British approach to heat management: integrating effective cold weather combat clothing and heat management technologies into Marine soldier systems
    ·          Ensuring equipment functions within low temperature environments and operational experience overcoming hand-held communications technical challenges
    ·          Achieving mobility through utilisation of ‘ski warfare’ without adversely impacting soldier load carriage
     

    10:40 Denmark BMS Integration

    Mr Jeppe  Mueller

    Mr Jeppe Mueller, BMS Systems, GMRE Inc

    11:20 Morning Coffee

    11:50 Fulfilling Shifting Soldier Operational Demands Through the German Army IdZ-ES Programme

    Major Christophe  Wallner

    Major Christophe Wallner, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army

     

    ·          Considering key trends in combat environments – where the next generation warfighting domains will be
    o    How current operational demands require versatile equipment deployable to urban, winter, woodland and mountainous terrain
    ·          Incorporating weather protected clothes into the German Army through the IdZ-ES (Enhanced System) programme
    o    Building effective heat management through propagation of ventilation vests within ballistic body armour
    o    Managing human factors through integration of power capabilities into low weight clothing
    ·          Integrating battle management systems into infantry stock with touchscreen communication systems and C4i networks
    o    Overcoming BMS limitations by making systems of the future more user-friendly
     

    12:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:50 Austria´s Steps towards an Integrated Dismounted Soldier System: Soldier 2018 – Future Soldier

    Colonel Johanes  Bogner

    Colonel Johanes Bogner , Head of Project Team, Soldat de Zukunft, Austrian MoD

     

    ·          Enhanced capabilities to increase interoperability in a multinational environment
    ·          Optimising protection, lethality, mobility, communications
    ·          Future ambition in the Soldier Modernisation Programme

    13:20 Networking Lunch

    14:20 Research and Development of Advanced Power Sources for Future Soldier Platforms

    Dr Darren  Browning

    Dr Darren Browning , Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL

     

    ·          Current power requirements for dismounted soldiers within the British Army
    ·          Technical options in support of power supply sources
    ·          Balancing size and weight of energy cells with the operational requirements of future soldiers
    o    Current R&D in reduced weight and ergonomic battery packs for soldiers
    ·          Working to NATO Land Capability Group STANAG 4695 to build interoperability among coalition forces

    15:20 Optimising Power Generation to Support Complex Soldier Systems

    Dr Carsten  Cremers

    Dr Carsten Cremers, Group Fuel Cells Leader, Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie

     

    ·          Consideration of current energy requirements of dismounted soldier systems
    ·          Limiting the flammability and other vulnerabilities of power packs utilised through development of new materials and chemical processes
    ·          Exploiting new lightweight power supplies to increase soldier mobility and improve load carriage
    ·          Current status of research and development into new battery solutions for long distance dismounted operations
     

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 A System of Systems Approach to Maximising the Lethality of Dismounted Soldiers

     Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor, Director Pardus Defence & Security , Infantry Trials And Development Unit

     

    • The individual soldier as a system
    • The soldier as part of a section/squad
    • The section within a platoon
    • The platoon within a company
    • Logistical second and third order consequences

    16:50 Developing Soldier Lethality Through the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher, Programme Manager , United States Marine Corps

     

    ·          Creating a more agile, flexible & lethal Marine – developing schemes of manoeuvre in future operations that are coordinated with fire support platforms
    ·          Integrating hand-held UAS and tactical data relays for ground forces to improve situational awareness & ISTAR capabilities
    ·          Considering the role of NCO’s and squad leaders within battle formations and how they will increase the effectiveness of combat units in close quarters combat
    ·          Building lethality through effective trails and development of soldier systems  

     

    17:20 Implementing Ergonomic and Human Centric Future Soldier Programmes

    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers

    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers, Director of Human Effectiveness, T N O Human Factors Research Institute

     

    ·          Streamlining communication and tactical data link complexity to ensure user friendliness and improve situational awareness
    ·          Working across allied partners to create interoperability standards on information displays
    ·          Considering size and weight effect on soldiers of ballistic protection and its effect on Warfighter combat
    o    Balancing future soldier demands through utilisation of new lightweight and mobility friendly materials and e-textiles
     

    17:50 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen , Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army
    Brigadier James Daniel

    Brigadier James Daniel

    Director, Soldier Training and Special Programmes, British Army
    Colonel Marc Espitalier

    Colonel Marc Espitalier

    Capacity Development Director, French Army
    Dr James Zheng

    Dr James Zheng

    Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier ,
    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Project Manager IdZ-ES, Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB)

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Director Pardus Defence & Security , Infantry Trials And Development Unit
     Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Rob O'Connor

    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Commander Brigade North, Norwegian Army
    Brigadier General Eldar Berli

    Brigadier James Daniel

    Director, Soldier Training and Special Programmes, British Army
    Brigadier James Daniel

    Captain Elisabet Hökerberg

    Deputy Head of the Armed Forces Unit for Cold Weather Operations, Swedish Army
    Captain Elisabet Hökerberg

    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard Hansen

    Former Program Manager , Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army , PEO Soldier
    Colonel (Ret'd) Richard  Hansen

    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Programme Manager , United States Marine Corps
    Colonel (Ret'd) Steve Fisher

    Colonel Johanes Bogner

    Head of Project Team, Soldat de Zukunft, Austrian MoD
    Colonel Johanes  Bogner

    Colonel Marc Espitalier

    Capacity Development Director, French Army
    Colonel Marc Espitalier

    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Deputy Brigade Commander, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, Royal Marines
    Colonel Matt Jackson

    Dr Carsten Cremers

    Group Fuel Cells Leader, Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie
    Dr Carsten  Cremers

    Dr Darren Browning

    Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
    Dr Darren  Browning

    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Duncan Stewart, Dismounted Soldier System Programme Technical Lead, DSTL-Royal Marines Reservist, DSTL
    Dr Duncan Stewart

    Dr James Zheng

    Chief Scientist, Soldier Protection and Equipment, PEO Soldier ,
    Dr James Zheng

    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Project Manager IdZ-ES, Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB)
    Dr Karl-Heinz Rippert

    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers

    Director of Human Effectiveness, T N O Human Factors Research Institute
    Dr Myra Van Esch-Bussemakers

    Dr Randall Hill

    Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, Institute for Creative Technologies
    Dr Randall Hill

    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials And Development Unit
    Lieutenant Colonel Nick Serle

    Major Christophe Wallner

    Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
    Major Christophe  Wallner

    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Project Director ISSP, Canadian Forces
    Major Daniel Thibodeau

    Major Rune Nesland-Steinor

    Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norwegian Defence Logistical Organisation
    Major Rune  Nesland-Steinor

    Mr Christopher Briggs

    Capability Advisor - Land ISTAR , DSTL
    Mr Christopher Briggs

    Mr Jeppe Mueller

    BMS Systems, GMRE Inc
    Mr Jeppe  Mueller

    Mr Johnathan Russell

    Chairman for Dismounted Soldier Systems, Combat Clothing, Integrated Equipment and Protection, Land Capability Group, NATO and Principle Scientist, Protection Division, DSTL
    Mr Johnathan Russell

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Human Factors Scientist, FOI
    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Principal Scientist C4i , FFI
    Mr Lars-Eric Olsen

    Mr Mark Owen

    Director of product strategy and development, TT Electronics - Power & Hybrid Business Unit
    Mr Mark  Owen

    Mr Matthew Walker

    Deputy Director at Soldier Division, Lethality Branch, US Army
    Mr Matthew Walker

    Mr Rhega Wenske

    Executive Officer R&T, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology
    Mr Rhega Wenske

    Mr Rick Stone

    VP of Strategic Planning & Director of UX & HSE, Black Diamond Advanced Technology Ltd
    Mr Rick Stone

    Mr Svein Martini

    Principal Scientist, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment(FFI)
    Mr Svein Martini

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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, 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.

    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@smi-online.co.uk

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