Call for Papers now Open

CBRNe Convergence seeks ground-breaking research for our Call for Papers

CBRNe Convergence 2020, November 2nd-4th, Westin Copley, Boston, MA is looking for research that could have a dramatic impact.

If you, or a colleague, have a paper you’d like to present to your peers, colleagues, responders then we have an open call. Any paper justifiably related to CBRNe or HazMat will be considered by our panel of experts. 

Deadline for submissions is Monday August 31st 2020

Previously organisations like Battelle, CWMD, North Carolina State University FLIR, BioFire Defense, FEMA, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Science Research, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Federal Resources, and MRIGlobal, have presented their research at CBRNe Convergence. As opposed to scientific conferences this is a chance for you to talk to the people that will directly benefit from your research, it is a chance to explain what it will mean to them and to gain insight from your peers.

Successful individuals can be considered for a poster or a speaking slot in the ‘Call for Papers’ section. Speaking slots will be 20 minutes and if accepted also include a poster. Those that are selected to speak will also receive the privilege of having their paper published in CBRNe World.

Speakers also will receive free entry for the duration of the conference and workshops. Poster submissions will receive a 20% discount off government delegate rates.

The abstract should be between 250-500 words and include the following: Background (purpose/objective/rationale of the research, relationship too other areas if any); Methods; Preliminary Results; Preliminary Conclusions; Potential impact to mission/warfighter (if known).

Submissions will be assessed by a panel drawn from scientists and first responders, so all papers will be judged to be both practical and understandable with equal weighting being given to both scientific merit and benefit to practitioners.


Deadline for submissions is Monday August 31st 2020


Send all abstracts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our Exhibitors list is growing by the day.  We plan to publish the full list in the next few weeks, so hold on to your hats masks - it's going to be a goodie.

Philipp Bleek

Dr. Philipp C. Bleek is Associate Professor in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program andFellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, both at the Middlebury Institute ofInternational Studies at Monterey.

Dr. Bleek’s research and teaching focuses on the causes,consequences, andamelioration of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weaponsproliferation to both states and non-state actors. He previously served as Senior Advisor to theAssistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs.

He recentlyco-authored (with Zachary Kallenborn) “Swarming Destruction: Drone Swarms and Chemical,Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons”Nonproliferation Review(January 2019) and relatedpublications inWar on the RocksandCBRNe World. Those and additional publications, and moreinformation, available at

Ross Harper

Business Development Manager, Chemical Detection, FLIR

Dr Ross Harper is the Business Development Manager for Chemical Detection at FLIR Systems, specializing in field  and mobile applications for Chemical, Explosive, and Narcotics detection and identification. Dr Harper joined FLIR Systems, then Nomadics Inc, in 2005 as a Senior Scientist and has also held positions as Applications Specialist and Product Manager before taking on his current role in 2015.

Dr Harper holds a PhD in Chemistry from Florida International University in Miami, FL, and a MSci in Forensic Chemistry from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.

Karel Lehmert

Karel Lehmert has started with bioterrorism prevention practicing on „anthrax letters“ and agriterrorism in 2002, than shifted to biological weapons prohibition being one of first ever national BTWC inspectors. He had closely cooperated with EU DG JLS/Home on CBRNe preparedness and as biopreparedness expert for UN ISU BTWC. Later he took part in development of INTERPOL Bioterrorism Prevention Curriculum and worked with INTERPOL Bioterrorism Prevention Unit as scientific expert.

Now he is head of the CBRNe Forensic Sampling Laboratory for law enforcement which he raised and led through accreditation process. The laboratory focuses on special forensic projects in contaminated environment in cooperation with national drug enforcement agencies, criminal service and customs. Also works as consultant for various governmental and business subjects. Having Ph.D. in epizootology and infectious diseases, he occasionally leads various university courses and other trainings. Also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for biopreparedness and narcotics.

Nick Gent

Doctor Nick Gent is a member of a team of senior medical consultants who assess the national and global status of public health threats. He provides detailed risk assessments and gives advice to PHE and other partner agencies on these risks including the development of response plans.

Dr Gent provides public health medical leadership and advice in the fields of chemical, biological and radiological threats and supports and manages training exercises for the Department of Health, NHS England, the EU, WHO and the Cabinet Office on national level emergencies.

Earlier this year Dr Gent was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to health protection.

Chris Hodge

CWA Decon Subject Matter Expert, First Line Technologies

Chris Hodge has 20 years of experience in industry and with the Navy. During his time in industry, he served as the liaison to Milliken & Co. headquarters and process manager for two developmental equipment installations at the Pendleton Finishing Plant. He began at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in 2002 with the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Defense Division working CBR Decontamination development efforts. After being promoted to senior scientist for his contributions and leadership of numerous projects in multiple divisions focused on delivering technology to the warfighter, Chris transitioned into the supervisory ranks as the Head of the CBR Concepts & Experimentation Branch.

Chris served as technical reach back for the Navy's Material Developer for decontamination and in that role participated in numerous testing and evaluation (T&E) boards. He also served as a trusted subject matter expert for CBR Decontamination to the Joint Program Managers for Decontamination and Protection under the JPEO CBD.

He currently serves as the Director of Technical Development for NSWCDD, where his primary responsibilities include K-12 STEM outreach programs and University engagement activities for the command. He also serves as a consultant, providing subject matter expertise regarding decontamination research and testing as well as the science behind the development and utility of Dahlgren Decon.

Chris holds a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University.

Convergence continues

Convergence vs Covid

It is a challenging time to be an event organiser, and we have had emails from people requesting clarity on what is happening with Boston November. We are planning for the event to go ahead, and have a lot of reason to feel positive.

Outside of the great speakers and experience that we have planned, we think that we will be fortunate enough to fall after the Covid 19 wave has passed, and before the Covid 20 wave has started. There is no doubt that worldwide response to this will get better, and there will be an increase in business as usual, including travel and size of gathering.

At the event itself we will practice whatever social distancing is sensible, and provide clean dining options that will lower the chance of transmission via food.

We have also begun conversations with a range of suppliers to ensure that the event is as safe as it can be.

It has to be acknowledged however that there may well be decisions made my local or federal government that makes it impossible to run the event. If that happens our desire is to be able to postpone the event. We are planning that registered delegates will get a credit note and that exhibitors will be given a free booth at this re-scheduled Convergence. We will make all delegates and exhibitors aware of this as soon as we know.

We will also be planning on bringing in new speakers and exhibitors that will be able to provide individuals with new winning strategies and technology to help them beat Covid until a vaccine is available. We have been in touch with a number of speakers from Germany and South Korea that have handled this well, and can share their experience and we hope to be able to announce them soon!

Should you have any concerns please contact a member of the team or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gary Sharp

Gary Sharp is the Director of Training for Federal Resources, a global supplier for CBRNE equipment, training, and service.   Federal Resources is currently providing multiple detection, PPE, decon, and training solutions to first responders, US federal law enforcement agencies and DoD units to enhance their synthetic opioid response and interdiction capabilities.  Gary leads a team of scientists, experienced responders, and veteran operators that have developed several custom synthetic opioid training courses that have been attended and adopted by hazmat/CBRN teams as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies. 

Bill Guglielmo

CEO, ITL Solutions

Bill Guglielmo is CEO of ITL Solutions, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in equipment design, sales, and service for US Government and Department of Defense.  ITL Solutions features mission specific equipment to counter CBR threats such as the Modula S Ultra Efficient Anti-Microbial Ebola Treatment Unit using CuVerro® anti-microbial metals.  ITL Solutions is proud to be the US Distributor of the Cristanini line of CBR Decontamination equipment.

Mr. Guglielmo served as an Officer in the US Navy as a member of the Surface Warfare and Civil Engineering Corps communities.  His tours of duty include Navigator of USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), staff in Expeditionary Strike Group FIVE, Security Force Assistance in the Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command, Civil Affairs and Military Information Support Operations for Naval Special Warfare Unit 10, and as Task Group 56.2 Commander providing construction forces in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE to execute construction, engineering reconnaissance, and runway repairs.

During USS GETTYSBURG’s 2009 deployment to the Middle East, Bill led the ship’s Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) Team capturing 38 suspected pirates and numerous suspected pirate vessels including one mothership.

Bill was also an Instructor at the US Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, South Carolina on board the Moored Training Ship 635 (ex-USS SAM RAYBURN).

Mr. Guglielmo holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master’s of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

Thomas Chenworth

Battalion Fire Chief Thomas Chenworth has worked for the Washington DC Fire and EMS Department since 2003 and has served in the role of Technician, Lieutenant, and Captain of the Hazardous Materials Unit during his career. He is also involved in the Securing the Cities Initiative and the Hazardous Materials Sub-Committee for the National Capitol Region.

His involvement in the planning of National Special Security Events and other large-scale events has provided him with the unique opportunity to interact with other local and federal agencies to ensure coordination and communication occurs prior to, during, and after the event.

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