Countering Explosive Threat and Demining Conference

Global Crisis. Global Response.

December 1-2, 2021- London, United Kingdom

The annual gathering of the world's EOD community

While the 2021 programme is currently in production our previous event focused on 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 Counter-EO 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

British Army bomb disposal experts at work

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operators are responsible for defusing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), booby traps created to kill and maim indiscriminately.The job is one of the most highly skilled and dangerous jobs in the Armed Forces. It requires intelligence, fitness and courage, as the soldiers in this job can be routinely placed in complex and dangerous situations. EOD operators are some of the most highly decorated soldiers of the British Army.Sgt James Slade is one of those soldiers. Here he talks about what it's like, as you approach something designed to destroy life, to remove it from the Battlefield. Those who make that approach call it, 'the long walk.'

2021 Speakers

  • Ilene Cohn, Director, United Nations Mine Action Service
  • Colonel Zarach Scott, Defence Intelligence Capability Assessments Special Projects, British Army
  • Mr Andy Duncan CBE DSO, Global Chief Technical Advisor, the HALO Trust
  • Colonel Daniel Reyland, Commanding Officer 29 Group EOD and Search, British Army
  • Dr. Edwin Bundy, Program Manager Improvised Device Defeat Subgroup Technical Support Working Group, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, US DoD
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Cackett, Commanding Officer, 35 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search), British Army
  • Major Stacey Fox, DI Land SO2 EOD, UK MoD
  • Matthew Middleditch, SO15 EOD, Metropolitan Police Service London
  • Bert Appleton, Head, Counter Explosive Ordnance Defence Engagement, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Melanie Moughton, Chief Executive, Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity
  • Lieutenant Colonel Magdalen Miller, Commanding Officer 11 EOD&S Regt RLC , British Army
  • Bob Gravett, HMA Standards & Training Manager, MAG
  • Michael 'Ginge' Brown, expert advisor to National Crime Agency and former senior NATO adviser and mentor, Operation Resolute Support, Gine Brown Consultancy
  • Major Martin Laverack, Operations Major, Joint Service EOD Operations Centre


  • Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Mark Wickham, Chairman, Counter-Explosive Threat and Demining

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Event details
Organizer :IQEU
Event type :Conference
Attendance :Physical Event
Reference :ASDE-23045