Call for papers for CBRNe Convergence 2012

The Fifth Annual CBRNe Convergence conference will be held in 2012, 30th October – 2 November at the Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, Virginia. 2010’s CBRNe Convergence was the largest CBRNE responder’s conference in the US that year, bringing together 650 delegates with 75 exhibitors and culminating in a massive exercise involving units from the FBI, CST and local responders. 2012 will be no different with an expected 1,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors it promises to be the biggest responder driven event on the East Coast.

This year’s event already has the FBI WMD Directorate and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response confirmed as supporting partner organizations, and NATO’s Allied Command for Transformation has also committed to being a major participant.

For the first time this year, in addition to the bespoke line up of speakers from around the world, there will be section of the conference devoted to a response to an open call for papers on CBRNE defenceclick here for more information

Speaker, poster or publication

Papers can be considered for one or all categories. Speaking slots will be 20 minutes and if accepted include a poster. The Open Call section will be on the afternoon of the second day and will culminate in the poster sessions break - posters will be on presentation for the duration of the conference. A speaking slot also means the paper has been accepted for publication within CBRNe World.

Assessment & Topics

Submissions will be assessed by a panel drawn from scientists and first responders. Equal weighting will be given to scientific merit and benefit to practitioners. The panel includes leading scientists and first responders, so all the papers will be judged to be both practical and understandable. The panel includes Dr John Hassard (Imperial), Professor Malcolm Sperrin (Royal Berks), Dr Matthew Healy (Cranfield), Chief Bob Ingram (FDNY), Dr Efraim Laor (UNDAC), Chris Hawley (IAFC) Commissioner Eric Yap (Singapore Civil Defence Forces), Maarten Nieuwenhuizen (TNO) amongst other eminent professionals. This is an open call so any paper justifiably relevant to CBRNE or hazmat will be considered.

Financial Support

Speakers will receive free entry and accommodation for the duration of the conference and workshops. Poster submissions will receive a 20% discount off government rates. A further pool of financial assistance has been allocated to support entry and travel costs. This is predominantly aimed at young researchers or responders who would not be able to attend otherwise. In order to apply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request further information.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1700 EDT on 8 July 2012. Submission is by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The abstract should be 250-500 words long and include the following:

Background (purpose/objective/rationale of the research, relationship to other areas if any)
Methods
Preliminary results
Preliminary conclusion
Potential impact to mission/warfighter (if known)

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