Social Media in the Defence and Military Sector conference

London, United Kingdom

We are proud to present the 9th annual Social Media in the Defence and Military Sector conference, taking place on the 20th and 21st November in London, United Kingdom.

Social Media has become an increasingly vital tool for the Armed Forces in the 21st Century. Not only in order to reach out to a wider and younger audience globally for recruitment and information purposes but as a new front in warfare. What soldiers, airmen, and sailors post online can be crucial to winning the hearts and minds of local populations, weakening the enemy's narrative, and as an instrument in the proliferation of cyber warfare. This year's conference will focus on cyber defence, operational use of social media, individual nations' and organisations' social media campaigns, open-source intelligence gathering, and much more!

Benefits of Attending

  • Engage with a dynamic audience of military officers, government officials, industry experts and social media platform specialists on crucial topics such recruitment, cyber-security, audience engagement, crisis response tactics and combating fake news
  • Exclusive Host Nation presentations from the UK MoD, Royal Navy and the British Army
  • Hear from the US military on Operationalizing the Science of the Human Domain for Effective Global Engagement - A US Special Operations Forces (SOF) Approach
  • Two half day pre-conference workshops focusing on social media strategies and the utilisation of immersive technologies in military communications campaigns

Plus Two Pre-Conference Workshops | 19th November 2019

Workshop A: Audience Engagement through Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
Workshop Leader: Pat O'Connor, Managing Director, VRAI
08:30 - 12:30

Workshop B: Digital Transformation in Government Communications
Workshop Leader: Steven Mehringer, Digital Transformation, SME
13:00 - 17:00


  • Day 1: Major Laurence Roche, Press Officer, British Army
  • Day 2: Pat O'Connor, Managing Director, VRAI

Expert Military and Industry Speakers Include:

  • Colonel Paul Haverstick, Acting Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Defense Media Activity, US DoD
  • Commander Ward De Grieve, Strategic Communications Advisor, Belgian Navy
  • Captain (Navy) Erik Lagersten, Former Director Communication and Public Affairs, Headquarters, Swedish Armed Forces
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arnel P. David, U.S. Special Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff (British Army), Strategic Analysis Branch, US Army
  • Commissioner Dirk Von Holleben, Press and Information Staff - Bundeswehr Social Media, German MoD
  • Dr Aleksandra Nesic, Professor - Countering Violent Extremism, Joint Special Operations University, USSOCOM, US Army
  • Matthew Clarke, Head of Digital Strategy, Directorate of Defence Communications, UK MoD
  • Lucy Ellis, Senior Communications Advisor, Chief of the Defence Staff's Office, Canadian MoD
  • Colin Anstie, Director Defence Social Media Hub, Australian DoD*
  • Alex Schillemore, Head of Digital, Royal Navy
  • Fredrik Johnsen, Senior Communications, Norwegian National Security Authority
  • Lamberto Martinello, Digital Communications Manager, Leonardo
  • Dr Luca Lamorte, Social Media Officer, Media and Communications Division, International Organization for Migration
  • Ric Cole, Director (Military), i3 Gen
  • Klisman Murati, Director, Pangaea Wire
*Subject to final confirmation


Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
97 Cromwell Road
London, United Kingdom