CBRN-UK with Symposia at Shrivenham is hosting the annual International CBRN Symposium at Shrivenham on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 November 2017.  The event will include an exclusive all-inclusive dinner at STEAM on the evening of 7 November.


The two major military campaigns of this century have given rise to an exponential increase in security challenges; abroad on military operations and at home within the security domain. Undoubtedly the kinetic effects of Improvised Explosive Devices are writ large within the minds of both our adversaries and those who seek to counter them, while CBRN weapon and improvised CBR devices remain a principal concern, as more recent events in Iraq and Syria and the dark web challenge the perception that such incidents remain a distant probability. Current tensions and conflicts, their detritus and remnants, international terrorism and the mutation of communicable diseases continue to trigger a maelstrom of defence, security and humanitarian concerns. This year’s CBRN conference will address the overall concept of counter-threat including improvised CBR devices, shared situational awareness and the protection and enabling of those specialists and generalists who are themselves under threat.

During the symposium counter threat solutions and methodologies, as they affect diverse disciplines both in the UK and globally, will be demonstrated and discussed. This will also see live demonstrations by the London Metropolitan Police, amongst other leading international agencies. There will be inter-related sessions addressing military operations, security incident first responders and disaster and humanitarian operations. Sessions will start with invited speakers who are specialist within their domains followed by papers offered from national and international practitioners, end-users, industry and academia.


You can contribute by presenting a paper to complement those provided by invited speakers.. If you would like to contribute a paper, please would you email an abstract of that presentation of around 200 words to Lynn as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday 25 August 2017 Presentations should be planned to take 20 minutes, including questions.

Displays, Demonstrations and Sponsorship

We offer companies, departments and establishments an opportunity to display their equipment or advertise their capability. We have the facilities to enable demonstrations of vehicles and equipment inside or just outside.  Displays and demonstrations should be available throughout the event.

There are also unique opportunities for sponsoring this event.

Cost and Concessions

Display Space


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.

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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