Call for Abstracts

Cranfield University is hosting the 2017 Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME) Symposium, on behalf of the Sector Skills Strategy Group (SSSG) of the explosives industry.

We have pleasure in inviting you to contribute by presenting a topic to complement those provided by invited speakers. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Design Certification, Qualification and Life Assessment”

The symposium will use real life examples to explore issues including: what it is that industry thinks it is supplying to MOD; what MOD thinks it is getting from industry; and how Project Teams bring these together to meet the requirements of users and regulators.

Topics of interest may include, but not exclusively:

             Requirements of the services – the perspectives of the Front Line Commands

             Project Team’s perspectives of the issues and challenges associated with the development, qualification and life management of OME

             A view from the regulatory community

             Approaches to Development testing

             Safety and Suitability for Service, Type Qualification and Life Assessment

             Sequential and non-sequential environmental trials.

             Surveillance and life extension

             The Certificate of Design

             OME Safety Assurance – policy and process

             Statistical confidence levels – what is the data actually telling us?

             Research: knowledge, tools and techniques to increase confidence and underpin assurance

If you wish to submit an abstract on the topics listed above, or on a topic that you consider is also relevant to the overall theme, please email your abstract of around 200 words by Friday 26th May 2017.

Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes for questions. Acceptance of papers will be notified at the beginning of July.

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.

Full terms and conditions for Cranfield University