Please make a note in your diary that this year’s Close Combat Symposium, run by Symposia at Shrivenham with the support Army HQ Capability Combat and Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Land Equipment and the Police, hosted at the Defence Academy of the UK, is to be held from 25th to 27th July 2017 in the Technology School Conference Hall at Shrivenham with a full range practice off site on the middle day.


The aim of the event is to examine future capability requirements for Ground Manoeuvre close combat forces, both mounted and dismounted, to identify current capability gaps and to examine current and future threats.


This symposium aims to bring together representatives from the Military, Users, Procurement Agencies, R&D staff, the Police and Industry from around the world. Through presentations by Army Headquarters Head of Combat and his staff, DE&S Team Leaders, Police Tri-force Specialist Operations, Dstl and Industry, and through discussion groups and plenary sessions, the purpose is to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas, the development of new perspectives and the challenging of current thinking. Unique networking opportunities during the all-inclusive lunches, the Symposium Dinner and barbeque on the ranges will be offered.

Call for Papers

If you wish to present a paper on a topic you feel is relevant to the theme, please submit an abstract of around 200 words by e-mail by no later than Friday 26 May 2017. Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes for questions.

Range Day, Displays and Demonstrations

After a successful event in 2016 along with the support from ATDU, ITDU and SASC we will once again have the ability to conduct live firing of weapons on Wednesday 26th July at the Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC), on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain.

With thanks to Bapty & Co the range day will include a 'Victoria Machine Gun day' with a display of GATLING, GARDNER, VICKERS MAXIM and Super Pom Pom.

We offer companies, departments and establishments an opportunity to display their equipment (weapons, vehicles, sighting systems, ammunition, ancillaries, training aids etc) or advertise their capability throughout the event.  In addition, those same organisations and suppliers have a unique chance to allow customers and visitors within the industry to experience their latest weapon designs, sighting systems and ancillaries all on the same military range.


There are unique opportunities for sponsoring at various levels during this event: individual activities such as the event dinner, the barbeque on the range, or collectively for the whole event with generous concessions.

For more details, please email.


Delegate £795 - Online Payment £755

ADS Member £720

Academic, UK Government, MOD Trading Funds £535 - Online Payment £515

MODUK Civil Servants (including Dstl) £435 - Online Payment £415

UK Military - £265

Display Space

Shrivenham Only

Single Display £810 - Online Payment £775 - One person

Double Display £1410 - Online Payment £1370 - Two persons

Extra person for Display £220

Shrivenham and Range

Single Display (Shrivenham) + 1m x 1m internal space (Range)  Online Payment £1145 - One person

Single Display (Shrivenham) + 4m x 4m external space (Range)  Online Payment £1265 - One person

Double Display (Shrivenham) + 1m x 1m internal space (Range)  Online Payment £1625 - Two persons

Double Display (Shrivenham) + 4m x 4m external space (Range)  Online Payment £1895 - Two persons

Extra person for Display £220

Range Only

Up to 4m x 4m external space  Online Payment £2100 - Two persons


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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