CBRN Summit

Geneva, Switzerland

Prevent, Detect and Respond: Coordinating an Effective and Resilient Response to the CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Threat

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats are constantly evolving in nature. They can originate from varying sources at any given time, and the consequences of which have not been experienced before, providing a significant challenge for security and emergency responders.

Over the past decade, chemical attacks by both state and non-state actors in Syria, the Novichock attack in Salisbury, and the unforgiving Ebola epidemic have brought the CBRN threat to the forefront of international attention, identifying capability gaps and limitations to our existing defence and response structures.

In response to this threat, the Geneva CBRN Summit and Live Exercise, held with support from the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, will bring together leading security professionals and industry leaders to address current CBRN threat trends, the latest technological and doctrinal procedures for improving detection, verification and decontamination of hazardous materials, and a live joint exercise demonstration that will emphasise the importance of interoperability at every level to determine an effective an unified response.

Join the CBRN Summit to:

  • Improve interoperability between response units to ensure an effective and unified response
  • Maximise your CBRN response capabilities with emerging CBRN defense technologies
  • Enhance international collaboration to operate alongside partners from civilian, military and humanitarian sectors, and develop joint strategies to prevent, detect and respond to CBRN incidents
  • Examine the future operating environment with briefings from leading CBRN responders who will help you to align your operating procedures to overcome new threats
  • Maximise your decontamination procedures to recover more quickly from a hazardous incident

Who Should Attend

Experts working in the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear fields, including:
  • O/C CBRN Defence Regiments
  • CBRN Branch Chiefs
  • CBRN Staff Officers
  • Heads of CBRN Defence
  • Heads of NBC
  • CBRN Advisors
  • C-EOD / IED Officers
  • Capabilities Analysts
  • CBRN Planning Officers / Analysts
  • NBC-EOD Advisors
  • Emerging Threat Analysts
  • Counter Terrorism Officers
  • Biodefence Analysts
  • Heads of Assistance and Protection
  • Heads of NBC Protection
  • Heads of Incident Response and Individual Protection
  • Principal Scientists
  • Heads of Risk and Resilience
  • Heads of Military Emergency Unit
  • Heads of Medical Countermeasures
  • Decontamination Advisors
Solution and service providers offering:
  • Protective systems solution providers
  • Detection solution providers
  • Decontamination solution providers
  • Training and simulators solution providers


  • H.E. Mauro Poggia, State Counsellor, Department for Security, Labour & Health, Republic & Canton of Geneva
  • Mr Vayl Oxford, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • Mr Douglas Bryce, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, US Department of Defense
  • Colonel Klaus Schiff, Commander, Bundeswehr CBRN Defence Command
  • Colonel (GS) Vratislav Osvald, Director, NATO Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence
  • Colonel Carlos Ardanaz, CBRN Regiment Commander, Spanish Army
  • Colonel Christophe Baumberger, Deputy Commander, NBC-EOD Centre of Competence, Swiss Armed Forces
  • Colonel Prof. Sergei Bankoul, Head of Medical CBRN Defence, Swiss Armed Forces
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bernd Allert, Chief Concepts and Doctrine, NATO Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence
  • Mrs Jirina Valentova, Security and Defence Policy, European External Action Service
  • Colonel Denis Josse, Head of the pharmaceutical Services,Technical adviser on toxicological & CBRNe risks management, Alpes-Maritimes Fire & Rescue Services
  • Mr Tomas Dropa, Director, National Institute for NBC Protection
  • Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Broman, Commander Defense CBRN Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Mark Normile, Commandant, UK CBRN Defence Centre
  • Lieutenant Colonel Andy Lewis, Counter-CBRN Staff officer, British Army
  • Dr Stef Stienstra, Chief Project Officer - Biodefence, Government of the Netherlands
  • Mr Stephane Maillard, Head of the NBC Task Force, Swiss Armed Forces
  • Mr Carl Daniels, Deputy Senior Responsible Officer, JESIP
  • Mr Erik Tollefsen, Head of Weapon Contamination Unit, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Dr Johnny Nehme, Head of CBRN Sector, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Mr David Korowicz, Director, Risk & Response, Geneva Global Initiative
Main Summit: 11-12 November 2019
Post-Summit Live Exercise: 13 November 2019

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Movenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva
Route de Pre-Bois 20, 1215
Geneva, Switzerland
Website: https://www.movenpick.com/en/europe/switzerland/geneva/hotel-geneva/overview/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=local&utm_campaign=Glocal+geneva
Phone: +41 22 717 11 11

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Event details
Organizer : DEF IQ
Venue : Movenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-21609