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Past event: Countering Explosive Threat and Demining Conference

The annual gathering of the world's EOD community

Explosive weapons, both conventional munition or improvised explosive, have become a fact of modern conflict. Behind the conflict, this threat for millions across the globe is, in reality, a fact of life which continues to decimate communities across the world. UNICEF estimates one casualty every 20 minutes caused by explosive weapons.

Responding to this ongoing crisis, the Countering Explosive Threat and Demining conference, supported by the Counter-EO UK, representing the UK's Counter-IED supply chain and collaborating with Her Majesty's Government, British Army and security forces, this truly unique forum will bring together key stakeholders and decision makers from the complete, global EOD community.

Led by senior policy drivers from government, NGO's and military and supported by industry leaders across all three pillars of EOD - prepare the force, attack the network and defeat the device - the conference will outline the new, joint approach to countering the explosive threat.

5 Key Benefits of Attending

  • Enhance international collaboration with EOD partners from civilian, military and humanitarian sectors to develop joint strategies for demining and explosive ordnance clearance
  • Engage directly with policy directors from leading NGO's and government bodies to support their ongoing clearance objectives across the globe
  • Identify the new explosive threat landscape through briefings from operational clearance leaders, and align your operating procedures to defeat the new threat
  • Understand new international directives towards demining and C-IED for both military and civilian sectors, with dedicated sessions on the new International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) framework
  • Use technical capability demonstrations from leading experts in detection and disposal systems to develop cutting-edge defeat-the-device capabilities

2019 Speakers

  • Brigadier Jonathan Beesley, Joint Counter Improvised Threat Task Force, Australian Defence Forces
  • Colonel Zarach Scott, Head, Defence EOD & Search Branch (DEODS), British Army
  • Colonel Daniel Reyland, Commanding Officer 29 Group EOD and Search, British Army
  • Agnes Marcaillou, Director, United Nations Mine Action Service
  • Major General (ret) James Cowan CBE DSO, Chief Executive Officer, the HALO Trust
  • Brigadier General Maroon Hitti, Advisor for Security & Defense, Office of the Prime Minister, Lebanon
  • Captain Fredrik Peedu, Commander, Swedish EOD and Demining Centre
  • William Byrd, Deputy Associate Director, Office for Bombing Prevention Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • Denice Lee, Head, EOD Department, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division
  • Matthew Middleditch, SO15 EOD, Metropolitan Police Service London
  • Bert Appleton, Head, Counter Explosive Ordnance Defence Engagement, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Lieutenant Colonel Pete Peril, Deputy Commander, Counter IED Task Force, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hugyar, Head of EOD Education and Training Department, NATO EOD Centre of Excellence
  • Lieutenant Colonel Juergen Pirolt, Director, European Centre for Manual Neutralisation
  • Major Patrick Kucera, Commanding Officer, Air Force EOD Detachment, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division
  • Melanie Moughton, Chief Executive, Felix Fund - the bomb disposal charity


  • Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Mark Wickham, Chairman, Counter-Explosive Threat and Demining
Main Conference: 10 - 11 December
Focus Day: 12 December

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Event details
Organizer : IQEU
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-21705