The first Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) symposium organized and run by Symposia at Shrivenham on behalf of Cranfield Defence and Security and Dstl is on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th October 2017 in a relaxed atmosphere within secure surroundings with lunches and refreshments included.  An all-inclusive Symposium Dinner will be held in the award-winning STEAM, museum of the Great Western Railway.

This is a unique opportunity for the technology experts from across Industry, Government and Academia to discuss Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities, influencing the Department and wider government approach to policy, planning and delivery of CEMA capability for Defence. The event will be held at SECRET with selected sessions held up to UK EYES ONLY. A separate closed session on Thursday 26th October by invitation only will be conducted at the TOP SECRET level, sponsored by Dstl; more detail will follow shortly.

The role of information manoeuvre capabilities to support military operations is a topic which requires considerable thought if those capabilities are to deliver the necessary level of information superiority to generate advantage over an adversary.  Control of, and the ability to maintain access to the electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace will confer significant advantages, allowing a force to deliver full capability.  In the past, Electronic Warfare, cyberspace operations and electromagnetic operations have traditionally been planned and conducted in isolation, with different arms and departments responsible for different aspects of the technology, equipment and operations

However, it is has been acknowledged that these activities cannot continue to exist in isolation and that their integration and coordinated effects will be key to achieving information superiority. The key theme for this symposium will therefore be ‘Technology as part of a Capability approach to realise Integration of Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA)’. This symposium will concentrate on the technology and doctrinal challenges for that will be required to realise the integration of Electronic Warfare, Cyber and spectrum management operations. Specifically, it will provide a platform for the UK MOD and Dstl to communicate its vision for CEMA and for the whole Defence and Security community to help shape and direct the development of both technology and doctrine.

Contributing to the Debate
As the first event, there are no specific themes, but we welcome contributions outlining key technologies for enabling the effective realisation of the CEMA concept.  If you would like to make such a contribution, please submit an abstract of around 200 words by e-mail by no later than 14 July 2017. Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes for questions.

Military EW Symposium and the EW and Countermeasures Technology Conference

Allied and complimentary to this event are the EW and Countermeasures Technology Conference, consisting of the 15th Electro-Optics & Infrared and 8th Radio Frequency EW Conferences (19-23 June 2017), and the Military EW Symposium (5-7 December 2017) which will focus on the specific challenges of Electronic Warfare whereas the aim of the CEMA Symposium is to focus on challenges of integrating EW and cyberspace operations.

Displays, Demonstrations and Sponsorship
We offer companies, departments and establishments an opportunity to display their equipment or advertise their capability within the Conference Hall. This is a unique opportunity for exhibiting companies to target a wide audience of senior decision makers.

There are also unique opportunities for sponsoring this event please email for more details.

Costs and Concessions

Full Delegate Rate £770 - Online Payment £730
UK Academia/Cranfield Alumni/Government £510 - Online Payment £490

MODUK Civil servants (including Dstl) £395 - Online Payment £375

Display Space

Single Display £785 - Online payment £750 - Includes one person
Double Display £1385 - Online payment £1315 - Includes two persons
Extra Person for Displays £190

UK Military  £240


The facilities provided will be a 6ft x 2ft table and chair with access to 240v power to UK 3 pin socket and a complimentary advertisement in the event programme. Additional equipment, from extension leads, travel adapters to LCD screens may be provided on request. 

Please note: Only fully registered delegates have access to the presentations and discussions in the Lecture Theatre.

UK Military Rates

Rates advertised are for serving UK military staff (RN, RM, Army and RAF) Symposia at Shrivenham reserve the right to cancel the booking/application or hold any monies paid as a credit toward a full payment.

Terms and Conditions


Substitutions are welcome and may be made at any time, at no charge, provided the organisers are informed prior to the start of the event. If you have to cancel your booking, please do so in writing to Cranfield University. Cancellation up to 10 working days prior to the start date is subject to a £100 administration fee, after which, regrettably, no refund can be made. Refunds will be processed after the event.

Programme changes

It may be necessary, for reasons beyond the control of the organisers, to change programme content, speakers and/or timing of the event. Neither Cranfield University nor the Defence Academy is liable for any changes.

UK Military Rates

Rates advertised are for serving UK Military staff (RN, RM, Amry or RAF), Symposia at Shrivenham reserve the right to cancel the booking/application or hold any monies paid as a credit toward a full payment.


Access to and use of any presentations provided are for attendees use only, sharing, reproduction is forbidden without the authors permission. Cranfield accept no responsibility for any data loss due to conversion to PDF.

Chatham House Rule

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed". In addition to any security classification criteria.

Data Protection

If you have received correspondence from us where the personal or company details are incorrect, please contact Symposia at Shrivenham so that we may update our records. Cranfield University gathers and manages data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The information may be used to update you on our other events and courses. Cranfield University will not share your data with other companies or agencies offering similar services.

Health and Safety

I verify that the Company will accept responsibility for the welfare of persons entering their display space with regards to Health and Safety and also accept that all electrical appliances brought on site have been PAT tested within the last 12 months.


Symposia at Shrivenham events are held on a MOD establishment to which site access is restricted.  Such access may be denied at any time to anyone and, for security reasons, MOD has the right not to divulge the reason for denial of access.

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