News of the EDC

Cancellation of EDC 2012

posted 11 Sep 2012, 04:43 by Jan Wind   [ updated 17 Sep 2012, 00:03 ]

Very much to our regret, the EDC Management has to announce the cancellation of the EDC2012 due to an unexpected low number of registrations to the conference caused by the financial crisis.
This would not warrant the effort of so many speakers and other contributors to prepare their presentations and travel to Prague.
Nevertheless, we would like to express our gratefulness to everyone who was willing to support the EDC2012 as speaker, chairperson, moderator, participant or sponsor.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of the conference.

For further information please email the conference office at

EDC2012 focus also on PPP - August 2012 newsletter

posted 13 Aug 2012, 05:52 by Jan Wind   [ updated 20 Aug 2012, 02:53 ]

With confirmation of Mr. Rudolph Scharping as plenary speaker the focus of the second day of the EDC2012 is now strongly on Public Private Partnership and other forms of private financing. Both the plenary speech and the debate session on private financing are covering this topic.
The latest version of the programme can be found here:

We are glad to announce that Mr. Rudolph Scharping, a.o. CEO of RSBK and former German Minister of Defence will speak plenary about economic aspects and alternative financing of defence technology and capability development.

Also Finmeccanica recently confirmed they will present their views on SMART defence and Pooling & Sharing in a plenary speech.

Mr. Martin Hill, Vice President of Thales for NATO and EDA and
Vice Chairman of the NATO Industrial Advisory Group NIAG
will speak plenary about "Challenges of Smart Defence and P&S to industry and industry policy"

Furthermore Czech Republic specialist Dr. Libor Palíšek will speak about future threats of High Power Microwave and Directed Energy Weapons. He will present NATO cooperative research results in this area coordinated by the Systems Concepts and Integration (SCI) panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO, former RTO).

Media partners
Two important media partners were added to the list of supporters of the EDC:
The European Military Press Association EMPA and publishing company Security Europe.

Technology snapshot and poster presentations
It is still possible to submit abstracts on R&T results and new project proposals:

Information on exhibit pricing has been updated in our documentation. Visit
Mr. Arnd Brannolte is available at the EDC conference office to answer your questions: T: +49 341-24059681, E:

PDF downloads
You can download a PDF version of the newsletter and of the latest version of the brochure in the Downloads section of the website.

Mr. Rudolph Scharping confirmed to speak at the EDC2012

posted 10 Aug 2012, 03:30 by Jan Wind   [ updated 10 Aug 2012, 08:14 ]

Mr.Rudolph Scharping, a.o. CEO at RSBK and former German Minister of Defence (1998-2002), confirmed to speak plenary about economic aspects and financing of defence technology and capability development (session 0-7). One of the current expertise area's of Mr. Scharping and his company is Public Private Partnership.

Finmeccanica confirmed to give a keynote speech at the EDC2012

posted 9 Aug 2012, 03:30 by Jan Wind

Finmeccanica today confirmed to present their views on SMART Defence and Pooling & Sharing in a keynote speech at the European Defence Conference 2012.

Dr. Libor Palisek will speak about Future threats of HPM and DEW

posted 8 Aug 2012, 08:44 by Jan Wind   [ updated 8 Aug 2012, 08:45 ]

Dr. Libor Palisek of VOP CZ s.p. in Vyskov, CZ confirmed to speak in session Major technological challenges (2-2) about future threats of High Power Microwaves and Directed Energy Weapons. Analyses and predictions have been performed in an international team established by the SCI panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO, former RTO).

Regular registration phase 1 extended

posted 24 Jul 2012, 01:56 by Jan Wind

We have been able to extend the regular registration phase 1 from 29 July until 5 August 2012.
At midnight of 5 August registration fees will change into the next level.
For details see:

Security Europe media partner of the EDC

posted 19 Jul 2012, 05:24 by Jan Wind

EUR sprl is an information publisher and consulting company devoted to EU civil security-related policy, R&D and business. Based in Brussels, it informs and assists stakeholders in identifying and pursuing opportunities on the civil security market.

Its services include SECURITY EUROPE, the monthly e-newsletter; client-specific monitoring of policy, technology developments, funding opportunities; technical studies, training workshops on EU civil security; and help with partnering or applying for EU-funded security R&D projects and other opportunities in the sector.

Should you wish to know more about our products and services, please consult the website of SecEUR or contact:

Article on Long-term strategic partnerships in defence

posted 18 Jul 2012, 07:23 by Jan Wind

Co-organiser of the European Defence Conference Dr. Merle Missoweit of Fraunhofer INT recently published an article on Long-term strategic partnerships in defence in "The European, Security and Defence Union" magazine. This magazine independently reviews issues on European Security & Defence and won the European Award 2011 for Citizenship, Security and Defence.

The article describes the urgent need for Smart Defence and Pooling & Sharing as expressed by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen "our choice is between Smart Defence and Less Defence. […]". It particularly elaborates on the difficulty to implement those approaches caused by the perceived loss of sovereignty and freedom of decision. These issues will be discussed in debate session 1-1 with the same title of the EDC2012.

Download the article below.

Parallel workshop - matching R&D with business needs

posted 18 Jul 2012, 05:02 by Jan Wind   [ updated 26 Jul 2012, 12:56 ]

Research departments should better focus on market needs. At the same time R&D should not be state-of-the-art engineering. This contradiction is the issue at hand in the workshop “Matching R&D with Business Needs”. During this parallel workshop insights will be provided how to set sail for R&D breakthroughs that are at the same time first class business opportunities.
For more information on this parallel workshop see the workshop description where you can also download the flyer.

Registration reminder for the European Defence Conference 2012

posted 16 Jul 2012, 14:20 by Jan Wind

We kindly invite you to register in time. The current registration rate phase ends on 29 July 2012.
From 30 July increased prices apply. Regular rates are listed below.

On 9 and 10 October the second edition of the EDC will be held in Prague.
This year’s interactive programme of the EDC features the relevance of Pooling & Sharing and Smart Defence for industry. Several other topics relevant for industry and government representatives will be discussed, like private financing, technological challenges in the new EDA Capability Development Plan and proposals for cooperative projects. Speakers are from NATO, NIAG, EDA, European Parliament, European Commission and more. See for more information and registration.

With kind regards,
Fraunhofer INT
WISER Consultancy

Rate levels 4 June - 29 July
Governments and Research organisations new EU members € 625,00
Industries, new EU members € 675,00
Governments and Research organisations regular rate € 750,00
Industries, regular rate € 825,00

Rate levels 30 July - 15 September

Governments and Research organisations new EU members € 675,00
Industries, new EU members € 725,00
Governments and Research organisations regular rate € 800,00
Industries, regular rate € 875,00

For registration and further information see

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