• Tue 28 .
    Jan

     

    HFM-273 Multinational Exercise: Long Term Scientific Study on Chemical, Biological and Radiological Defence

    Tuesday, 28 January 2020 to Thursday, 30 January 2020

    UPDATE 18 December 2019

     The deadline for comments has been extended until 13 January 2020

    This site has re-opened for enrollment until  7 January 2020.

    The restriction on the number of participants has been relaxed

    The draft report is available

    NATO has since 1961 regularly conducted science and technology (S&T) studies in order to develop its chemical and biological defence capabilities. Relative to the previous study (AC/323(SAS-024)TP/30, May 2006), major geopolitical and security changes as well as significant technological advances have taken place. Several S&T areas continue to see rapid development that will influence the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat, and consequently requirements for CBRN defence. The present LTSS study has a combined focus on chemical, biological and also radiological (CBR) aspects of CBRN defence. The aim is to identify existing and emerging CBR threat environments and understand how advances in S&T can be used to address these challenges and strengthen CBR defence. The LTSS will inform decision makers and focus capability developers and scientists in using S&T resources to obtain best overall defence effect. The draft study report is now available to NATO and other nations invited to HFM-273 (AUS, FIN, SWE) by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments to the LTSS draft report are encouraged from all interested parties by 13 December 2019, irrespective of whether they are able to attend the MNE or not.

    The MNE is the culmination of the LTSS work and will be organized as a workshop where the LTSS results will be presented, discussed and validated through peer review by CBR defence experts and decision and policy makers. Feedback sessions on the draft LTSS report will be held in order to review comments and propose revisions. CBR vignettes will be used to showcase the impact of the LTSS on NATO’s CBRN defence capabilities. Comments to the draft study report need to be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 13 December 2019. The LTSS report will be finalized after the MNE, incorporating proposed revisions and lessons from the MNE.

    The invitation to participate at the MNE is extended to individuals from NATO nations, NATO commands and organisations and other nations invited to HFM-273 (AUS, FIN, SWE). Participation of qualified experts is encouraged in order to ensure that the study reflects the consensus input of the broader NATO CBR defence community.  Discussions will be held up to classification NATO CONFIDENTIAL Releasable to Australia, Finland and Sweden. Participants must have a valid up-to-date Personal Security Clearance (PSC) at the NATO Confidential level or above. The number of participants will, due to available seats, be limited and, if necessary, priority will be given to experts providing written feedback on the draft report. Enrolment needs to be completed via the STO Events website no later than 13 December 2019. Acceptance of enrolment will be forwarded within a week after that date. Updated agenda and other information pertaining to the meeting will be provided through the STO event website in the enrolment period.  

    See the preliminary program below the Google Maps picture. After you enrol yourself and are validated by the staff, you will find also the General Information Package below the Google Maps picture.

    In order to book, you need to be logged in. If you do not have STO Events credentials yet, please go to: Create an account.

    Specific questions can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Tuesday, 28. January 2020 until Thursday, 30. January 2020
  • Tue 17 .
    Mar

    NATO-RAMS focuses on military flight medicine with an emphasis on the European region and is a unique forum to dialogue with professional colleagues. The objective of this Course is to provide state of the art knowledge and practices in aerospace medicine, share national practices and evaluate new and emerging technologies on the subject of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance in its broadest context to NATO Flight Surgeons, by a group of expert lecturers from NATO nations. The course will cover the current and future challenges in Aerospace Medicine in deployed area and multinational environments, focusing on Operational Aviation Medicine. Risks and advantages of various approaches will be compared with the aim of recommending best practices and thus improving interoperability.

    The Ramstein Aerospace Medicine Summit and NATO Science & Technology Organization Technical Course, Forward Together, will take place 17-20 March 2020 at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

    The theme for the 2020 Technical Course is “New Technologies-New Approach".

    The Course Director for the RAMS portion is Lt Col Daniel Lamothe, US Air Forces in Europe-US Air Forces Africa, Aerospace Medicine Division Chief. The Course Director for the NATO STO Technical Course portion is Lt Col Odd-Ivar Lundseng, Norwegian Institute of Aviation Medicine. The academic director is Dr Ryan Mayes, USA Air Force of Aerospace Medicine.

    Note: Participation is only assured after your enrolment and validation by the NATO HFM panel office. Please log in with your STO Events credentials, click book now and start your enrolment. If you do not have an account please go to the home page of this website, follow the guidelines, create an account, then come back to this page to book this event.

    The program will be available from this page, below the Google map, as soon as possible .

    To download the general information package (GIP), after your booking has been validated, come back to this page, log on with your credentials, then click the GIP link (depending your browser below the Google map picture or above the booking bar).

     If you have question concerning booking please contact Ms Monika Vavrikova; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Best regards, LTC Erik Laenen

    Tuesday, 17. March 2020 until Friday, 20. March 2020
    Ramstein Aerospace Medicine and NATO STO HFM-321 Technical Course (“NATO-RAMS”)
  • Mon 20 .
    Apr

     

    Participation is open to appointed NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG) Members, System Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel Members and Associate Members. Guests will be invited on behalf of the NMSG Chair or SAS Panel Chair.

    Meeting attendees are kindly requested to (create an account and) register no later than 3 April 2020 at 17:00 (CET). Please also indicate during registration interest in the social events and other arrangements.

    The Read Ahead package and the draft Agenda will be sent via e-mail to registered participants 14 days prior to the meeting. This package will include a link to dedicated Science Connect workspaces where the available meeting material will be uploaded.

    The General Information Package is available at this meeting announcement after your registration is validated and when you are logged in. This document contains all information to make travel arrangements and benefit from negotiated hotel rates.

    Please note that the negotiated hotel rates will expire 28 February 2020.

      

     

     

     

     

    Monday, 20. April 2020 until Friday, 24. April 2020 08:00 - 14:30
  • Mon 27 .
    Apr

    By invitation of Canada, the 45th AVT Panel Business Meeting Week will be held in Quebec City, Canada from 27 April - May 1 2020.

    During this PBM not only the AVT Panel Business Meeting but also well over 60 Technical and Exploratory Team Meetings, various AVT Committee Meetings and the following Events will be held:

    • AVT-324 Research Specialists’ Meeting
      Multi-disciplinary design approaches and performance assessment of future combat aircraft
      27-29 April 2020 (open to NATO nations + Australia and Sweden).
    • AVT-335 Research Specialists’ Meeting
      Range design and management for sustainable live fire training ranges

      27-29 April 2020 (open to NATO nations + Partnership for Peace Nations (PfP), Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) Nations, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Brasil).
    • AVT-339 Research Workshop
      Robotics and laser/plasma - paint interaction in paint removal

      29 - 30 April 2020 (open to NATO nations + Australia, Finland, Sweden (EOP), Partnership for Peace Nations (PfP), Global Partners (GP)).
    • AVT-340 Research Workshop
      Preparation and characterization of energetic materials
      29 April - 1 May 2020 (open to NATO nations + Australia, Finland, Sweden (EOP)).

     

    If you wish to participate in one of these meetings please enroll separately on the STO Events website. The enrollment link can be found in the section "Specialists' Meeting"or " Workshop".

     

    Social Events

    Monday Evening Reception

    Our Canadian host has organized a welcoming evening reception that will take place on Monday, 27 April, 17:45hrs - 21:00hrs, in the Urban Space of the Quebec City Convention Centre. The Reception is free of charge and all PBM participants are cordially invited to take part.

    The dress code for the reception is business casual. The reception will offer a tasting of local delicacies, after which the participants may then want to explore one of the many restaurant offerings in the downtown area.

    Please note that places are limited to 250 participants and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend this event, please make sure you register separately via the following link  https://events.sto.nato.int/index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/21-bm/283-45th-avt-evening-reception

    You will be informed 3 weeks before the event at the latest if you made it amongst the first 250.

     

    For detailed information about the conference hotel, conference logistics and social events please consult the PDF document "General Information Package (GIP)".

    The GIP will be visible for you in the grey box at the right only once you have duly enrolled for the PBM and after your registration has been confirmed by NATO.

    If you would like to enroll for the PBM, please continue by clicking on the green 'Book now' button below.

    Enrollment confirmation time can vary from 1 to 20 days depending upon your nationality, but indicating the meetings you plan to attend in the registration form could considerably shorten the time needed to confirm your registration. 

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Monday, 27. April 2020 until Friday, 01. May 2020
  • Mon 27 .
    Apr

    The Applied Vehicle Panel (AVT) of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) is organizing a Specialists’ Meeting (RSM) on Multi-disciplinary design approaches and performance assessment of future combat aircraft. The meeting is open to NATO Nations and two Enhanced Opportunity Partners: Australia and Sweden. The Specialists’ Meeting is classified as NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO AUSTRALIA and SWEDEN. The meeting will be held in Quebec City, Canada during the Spring 2020 AVT Panel Business Meeting Week, 27 – 28 April 2020.

    The three day RSM is planned to have approximately 24 papers, several of which will be invited. In addition, the Specialists’ Meeting is open for poster presentations given during the Panel Business Meeting Week in parallel to the oral paper presentations. It is as well open to static displays as desired. Full Meeting Proceedings will be published on the CSO website: www.cso.nato.int.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    The intention of the RSM is to share and expand the knowledge of design and performance prediction capabilities of future agile combat fighter aircraft within the NATO community. The military relevance is given by the necessity to provide a common knowledge to design and assessment of the performance of current and future air vehicles. The related RTG AVT-251 was able to consolidate a certain group of NATO nations and was able to show the capabilities of the current STO research community. To be able to convey this knowledge base into the outside community such as procurement agencies and industry, a common Specialists’ Meeting is a valid format. Furthermore, the STO community needs feedback from outside to address technological gaps for future activities. The main objectives are:

    • Provide a spectrum of design aspects and overall design experiences for future combat NATO military aircraft and provide vital links between disciplines.
    • Demonstrate the performance of existing design methods with respect to applicability and reliability.
    • Identify future and progressive aircraft design requirements and identify the necessary method developments to solve aerodynamic, S&C, structural etc. characteristics challenges.
    • Discuss design strategies using advanced design tools like multi-fidelity methods or reduced order modelling (ROM).


    Specialists’ Meeting Topics

    The RSM will cover the following areas:

    • Conceptual and preliminary design of future combat military aircraft
    • Aerodynamic design, CFD and Multi-Fidelity methods
    • Control device and control concept design
    • Propulsion integration
    • Structure design and aeroelastic assessment
    • Signature aspects and design concepts
    • Flight mechanics analyses and control systems

    Emphasis will be placed on several mandatory aspects like:

    • Demonstration on application
    • Military impact and exploitation
    • Multi-Disciplinary aspect

     

    Social Events

    Monday Evening Reception

    Our Canadian host has organized a welcoming evening reception that will take place on Monday, 27 April, 17:45hrs - 21:00hrs, in the Urban Space of the Quebec City Convention Centre. The Reception is free of charge and all PBM participants are cordially invited to take part.

    The dress code for the reception is business casual. The reception will offer a tasting of local delicacies, after which the participants may then want to explore one of the many restaurant offerings in the downtown area.

    Please note that places are limited to 250 participants and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend this event, please make sure you register separately via the following link  https://events.sto.nato.int/index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/21-bm/283-45th-avt-evening-reception

    You will be informed 3 weeks before the event at the latest if you made it amongst the first 250.

     

    For detailed information about the conference hotel, conference logistics and social events please consult the PDF document "General Information Package (GIP)".

    The GIP will be visible for you in the grey box at the right only once you have duly enrolled for the AVT-324 Specialists' Meeting and after your registration has been confirmed by NATO.

     

    If you would like to enroll for the the AVT-324 Specialists' Meeting and the listed side events, please continue by clicking on the green 'Book now' button below.

    Enrollment confirmation time can vary from 1 to 20 days depending upon your nationality. Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Monday, 27. April 2020 until Wednesday, 29. April 2020
  • Mon 27 .
    Apr

    The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization is organizing a Specialists’ Meeting (RSM) about “Range design and management for sustainable live fire training ranges”, under its Propulsion and Power Systems Focus. The meeting is open to NATO, PfP and MD Nations plus Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO PfP AND MD NATIONS, AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND NEW ZEALAND”. The meeting is to be held in Québec City, Canada 27 - 29 of April 2020.

    A RSM is a medium-sized event spread over three-days with up to 100 participants. The aim is to promote the exchange of state-ofthe-art knowledge among an audience of experts and specialists on an important scientific or applied topic and to share this with environmental authorities, range managers, environmental officers and all possible end-users. The Programme Committee is responsible for selecting and inviting the speakers. Observers, who present no paper, can also participate. Specialists’ Meetings result in a STO Meeting Proceedings. The RSM will include between a half-day to a one-day visit to an actual live-fire range in Valcartier to highlight applications of range design.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    This Specialists’ Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 45th AVT PBM with the objective to promote military live-fire range sustainability. The scope of the meeting is to exchange information about the various approaches used and results obtained to minimize the environmental impacts and implications associated with the firing of ammunition, with regards to the dispersion of munitions’ residues. The main objective will be to exchange information on solutions developed by each country and develop guidelines for range design and management. Some countries have already initiated the development of solutions that mitigate if not completely remove the negative environmental impacts of the training. Presentations will be given and discussions will take place to evaluate and improve range design and management. Implementing range design as well as better range management practices on current ranges will lead to better solutions, applicable to all countries. The sharing of knowledge, technology and work conducted on the subject saves time and money to each nation by minimizing duplicate work and ensuring higher level of acceptance by environmental authorities and the public. This RSM is of interest to range managers, as well as munitions’ manufacturers, buyers and users, research/testing laboratories and environmental officers from Defence departments and law enforcement organizations. The expertise that will be shared in this meeting will enhance our mutual reliance and strongly support participating nation’s range sustainability. The Technical Team will assemble the results of this RSM together with external information to provide a final summary report detailing the current state-of-theart and providing recommendations for modifications to procedures or new approaches discussed at the RSM.

    Specialists’ Meeting Topics

    The RSM will cover the following areas:

    • Small arms ranges
      • Deposition rate studies, toxicity, fate and transport;
      • Exploring new technologies for remediation or entrapment
    • Demolition and Disposal ranges
      • Use of unconfined plastic explosive and related risks; OB/OD (open burn/open detonation) environmental impacts; Exploring new technologies for remediation or entrapment
    • Risk assessment and monitoring
      • Deposition rate studies, toxicity, fate and transport; Exploring new technologies, i.e. new water treatment technologies
    • Heavy weapons ranges
      • Deposition, toxicity, fate and transport; remediation and entrapment
      • Link with the Nordic Initiative on Environmental Protection of Heavy Weapons Ranges
    • Range Management
      • Range records (Reliability, completeness, duds/low-order rounds); Dealing with mixed-use ranges; Noise issues
      • Thresholds levels, management to reduce impact, best management practices / guidance
    • Future challenges
      • Green ammunition
      • Watch list of contaminants of concern emerging EM due to 3D printing, RAM technology & nanotechnology
      • Insensitive munitions
      • Ever-growing size and intensity of weapon systems and live-fire training & evolving training methods.
    • Noise management
      • Noise issues in various types of ranges
      • Noise mitigation measures

    The focus of the specialist meeting will be on best practice while other domains related to live-fire range sustainment will be welcomed.

     

    Social Events

    Monday Evening Reception

    Our Canadian host has organized a welcoming evening reception that will take place on Monday, 27 April, 17:45hrs - 21:00hrs, in the Urban Space of the Quebec City Convention Centre. The Reception is free of charge and all PBM participants are cordially invited to take part.

    The dress code for the reception is business casual. The reception will offer a tasting of local delicacies, after which the participants may then want to explore one of the many restaurant offerings in the downtown area.

    Please note that places are limited to 250 participants and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend this event, please make sure you register separately via the following link  https://events.sto.nato.int/index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/21-bm/283-45th-avt-evening-reception

    You will be informed 3 weeks before the event at the latest if you made it amongst the first 250.

    For detailed information about the conference hotel, conference logistics and social events please consult the PDF document "General Information Package (GIP)".

    The GIP will be visible for you in the grey box at the right only once you have duly enrolled for the AVT-335 Specialists' Meeting and after your registration has been confirmed by NATO.

     

    If you would like to enroll for the the AVT-335 Specialists' Meeting and the listed side events, please continue by clicking on the green 'Book now' button below.

    Enrollment confirmation time can vary from 1 to 20 days depending upon your nationality. Thank you for your understanding.

    Monday, 27. April 2020 until Thursday, 30. April 2020
  • Mon 27 .
    Apr

    45th AVT Monday Evening Reception

    Our Canadian host has organized a welcoming evening reception that will take place on Monday, 27 April, 17:45hrs - 21:00hrs, in the Urban Space of the Quebec City Convention Centre. The Reception is free of charge and all PBM participants are cordially invited to take part.

    The dress code for the reception is business casual. The reception will offer a tasting of local delicacies, after which the participants may then want to explore one of the many restaurant offerings in the downtown area.

    Please note that places are limited to 250 participants and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

    You will be informed 3 weeks before the event at the latest if you made it amongst the first 250.

     

    Please note that tickets for the Evening Reception could be picked up at PBM registration desk only by officially confirmed PBM participant until 17:00 on 27th Apr 2020 (Quebec City time). Afterwards, all remaining tickets will be distributed to other participants.

    To register and receive all information for PBM participant, please follow this link https://events.sto.nato.int/index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/21-bm/282-45th-avt-panel-business-meeting-week

     

     

     

     

    Monday, 27. April 2020 until Tuesday, 28. April 2020 17:45 - 00:30
  • Wed 29 .
    Apr

    The Applied Vehicle Panel (AVT) of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) is organizing a Research Workshop (RWS) on robotics and laser/plasma – paint interaction in paint removal. The meeting is open to NATO Nations, the Enhanced Opportunity Partners: Australia, Finland and Sweden, the Partnership for Peace nations and the Global Partners. The Research Workshop is classified as NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO EOP, PfP and GP. The meeting will be held in Quebec City, Canada during the Spring 2020 AVT Panel Business Meeting Week, 30 April – 1 May 2020.

    The two day RWS is planned to have 10-15 contributions that will be invited. It is open to static displays (poster presentation) and technology demonstration as desired. Meeting Proceedings including the presentation slides will be published on the CSO website: https://www.sto.nato.int.

     

    General Scope and Research Workshop Objectives

    The intention of the RWS is to share and expand the knowledge of robotics and laser/plasma – paint interaction in paint removal within the NATO community. The military relevance is given by the necessity to provide a common knowledge to the safety-related issues in paint removal with new technologies. The related RWS AVT-302 was able to show the capabilities of the current STO research community and showed the need for a follow-on RWS to discuss the specific issues concerning new paint removal technologies.

    The main objectives are to provide a forum for discussing:

    • The interaction between laser or plasma and the paint and substrate materials.
    • The issues involved in robotization and automation of paint removal processes.

     

    Research Workshop Topics

    The RWS will cover the following areas:

    • Interaction of laser with paint, including different laser light sources and wavelength, different paint colours, etc.
    • Interaction of atmospheric plasma with paint
    • Interaction of laser with substrate materials (aluminium, steel, composite)
    • Interaction of atmospheric plasma with substrate materials (aluminium, steel, composites)
    • Interaction of thermal heat with metallic surface treatments (anodizing, sealing, cladding, shot peening, cold working, etc.), and risks associated with potential by-products of this interaction
    • Automation of laser and plasma paint stripping (closed loop, sensor technology to be used)
    • Use of robots for laser or plasma paint stripping

     

    Social Events

    Monday Evening Reception

    Our Canadian host has organized a welcoming evening reception that will take place on Monday, 27 April, 17:45hrs - 21:00hrs, in the Urban Space of the Quebec City Convention Centre. The Reception is free of charge and all PBM participants are cordially invited to take part.

    The dress code for the reception is business casual. The reception will offer a tasting of local delicacies, after which the participants may then want to explore one of the many restaurant offerings in the downtown area.

    Please note that places are limited to 250 participants and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend this event, please make sure you register separately via the following link  https://events.sto.nato.int/index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/21-bm/283-45th-avt-evening-reception

    You will be informed 3 weeks before the event at the latest if you made it amongst the first 250.

     

    For detailed information about the conference hotel, conference logistics and social events please consult the PDF document "General Information Package (GIP)".

    The GIP will be visible for you in the grey box at the right only once you have duly enrolled for the AVT-339 Workshop and after your registration has been confirmed by NATO.

     

    If you would like to enroll for the the AVT-339 Workshop and the listed side events, please continue by clicking on the green 'Book now' button below.

    Enrollment confirmation time can vary from 1 to 20 days depending upon your nationality. Thank you for your understanding.

    Wednesday, 29. April 2020 until Thursday, 30. April 2020
  • Wed 29 .
    Apr

    The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization is organizing a Workshop (RWS) concerning the “Preparation and Characterization of Energetic Materials”, under its Propulsion and Power Systems Focus. The meeting is open to NATO nations plus Australia, Finland and Sweden  is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO AUSTRALIA, FINLAND AND SWEDEN ”. The meeting is to be held in Québec City, Canada during the Spring 2020 AVT Panel Business Meeting week, from 29 April to 1 May 2020. This 2 ½ day workshop is slated to cover 18-20 presentations, several of which will be invited. Full meeting proceedings will be published on the STO website:  www.sto.nato.int.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    There has been an assessment made by NATO nations on the state of development of energetic materials in the world that concluded that NATO nations should collaborate to accelerate the rate of development of new energetic material solutions. At the same time, there are important advances being made in the world related to energetic materials, namely new more performant molecules being synthesized, the production of propellants and explosives by additive manufacturing, new processing technologies that are faster and produce better quality of products, and emerging concepts promising a step function in performance. It is therefore important that NATO nations discuss all those topics at this point in time. This workshop is the follow-up from an exploratory team AVT-ET-197 on the Preparation and Characterization of Energetic Materials.

    The objective of this workshop is to share important advances in three to four critical topics for energetic materials. It will help establish the state-of-the-art in energetic materials and will allow nations to find commonalities in their work, as well as differences. This information will have to relate to ways to rapidly fill capability gaps within the NATO countries. This information will then be used to focus the topics in the corresponding Research Task Group (RTG). In theory, it should then be possible to apply burden sharing by dividing future work among nations to accelerate the rate of development.

     

    Workshop Topics

    The RWS will cover the following areas::

    Modelling and Simulation

    • Computational chemistry
    • Machine learning
    • Mesoscale simulations

    Diagnostics

    • Detonics
    • Initiation
    • Performance measurements

    Processing (molecules and formulations)

    • Emerging processing techniques
    • Additive manufacturing

    Advanced Energetics

    • Synthesis of new molecules
    • New concepts for energetics
    • Structure Property Relationships

    Specific, invited speakers will be sought for advanced topics in Machine learning (ML) for new energetic materials, novel processing technologies for propellant and explosive formulations, environmentally-friendly alternatives which can also provide more capability.

     

    Social Events

    Monday Evening Reception

    Our Canadian host has organized a welcoming evening reception that will take place on Monday, 27 April, 17:45hrs - 21:00hrs, in the Urban Space of the Quebec City Convention Centre. The Reception is free of charge and all PBM participants are cordially invited to take part.

    The dress code for the reception is business casual. The reception will offer a tasting of local delicacies, after which the participants may then want to explore one of the many restaurant offerings in the downtown area.

    Please note that places are limited to 250 participants and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend this event, please make sure you register separately via the following link  https://events.sto.nato.int/index.php/upcoming-events/event-list/event/21-bm/283-45th-avt-evening-reception

    You will be informed 3 weeks before the event at the latest if you made it amongst the first 250.

     

    For detailed information about the conference hotel, conference logistics and social events please consult the PDF document "General Information Package (GIP)".

    The GIP will be visible for you in the grey box at the right only once you have duly enrolled for the AVT-340 Workshop and after your registration has been confirmed by NATO.

     

    If you would like to enroll for the the AVT-340 Workshop and the listed side events, please continue by clicking on the green 'Book now' button below.

    Enrollment confirmation time can vary from 1 to 20 days depending upon your nationality. Thank you for your understanding.

     

     

     

    Wednesday, 29. April 2020 until Friday, 01. May 2020
  • Mon 11 .
    May

     

    REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL 31 MARCH 2020!

    The 45th IST Panel Business Meeting will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in conjunction with the ICMCIS 2020 Conference.

     

    The Spring 2020 PBM will start on Monday, 11th May, and until Friday, 15th May, whereas the ICMCIS 2020 Conference will take place on Tuesday, 12th May, and Wednesday, 13th May.

     

    For the IST PBM, please register here, on the STO Events website

    For the ICMCIS 2020 conference, please register here, https://icmcis.eu/signup/.

    For the IST PBM social events, to take place on Thursday, 14th May, please register on the ICMCIS website, which will require a password sent to the IST Panel Members. 

      

    For further information or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the IST Panel Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Monday, 11. May 2020 until Friday, 15. May 2020 08:00 - 17:00
    IST 45th Panel Business Meeting (PBM)
  • Tue 16 .
    Jun

    NATO Science and Technology Organization's (STO) System Analysis and Studies Panel cordially invites you to participate in the Technical Course on Basics Of Complex Modern Urban Functions And Characteristics (reference SAS-149) to be held in Rome, Italy, on 16-18 June 2020. The course is open to representatives from all NATO Nations en Organizations, NATO STO's Enhanced Opportunity Partners (Australia, Finland and Sweden), NATO Partnership for Peace Nations and New Zealand.

    This course shall provide a foundation to both military and scientists in terms of the latest attributes of complex modern cities, which continue to evolve with increasing urbanization. This foundation should inform military and scientists in their development of operational concepts, capability developments and science & technology initiatives as well as experimentations.

    Lecturers are Dr. Marc Barthélémy, the author of the groundbreaking book titled “The Structure and Dynamics of Cities: Urban Data Analysis and Theoretical Modeling” (2016), Dr. David Kilcullen, CEO of the Cordillera Applications Group, Patrick Maupin, the Complex Urban Environments Program Manager for Canada’s Department of National Defence at Defence Research and Development Canada, Dr. Allan W. Shearer, the Associate Dean for Research and Technology of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Dr. Geoffrey West, distinguished professor at the Santa Fe Institute and author of the acclaimed book titled “Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies” (2017).

    The General Information Package contains all information needed to make travel arrangements and benefit from negotiated hotel rates. For security reasons this document is only visible at this STO Events meeting announcement when your registration is validated and when you are logged in. 

    Registration will close 02 June 2020

    Tuesday, 16. June 2020 until Thursday, 18. June 2020 08:00 - 15:00
  • Mon 21 .
    Sep

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 March 2020

    All details about the event, deadlines and schedule, as well as the abstract and presentation format requirements are provided in the PDF document "Call for Papers" on the right.

     

    Framework of the Meeting

    The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization is organizing a Workshop concerning the “Preparation and Characterization of Energetic Materials”, under its Mechanical Systems, Structures & Materials Focus. The meeting is open to NATO nations plus Australia, Finland and Sweden is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO AUSTRALIA, FINLAND AND SWEDEN ”. The meeting is to be held in Torino, Italy from 21 to 24 September 2020 and will include a  thematic Technical visit. This workshop is slated to cover 16-18 papers, several of which will be invited.  Full meeting proceedings will be published on the CSO website: www.cso.nato.int.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    The AVT-353 Workshop proposes to explore AI enhanced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) of Autonomous Air Systems to promote trust in autonomous decision making by exploring the underlying theory, mathematics, computational models, systems integration and field applications.

    Potential benefits:

    • Involve experts of different disciplines
    • Identifying gaps and recommending a way ahead to NATO S&T community;
    • Promoting and continuing effective dialog among NATO nations regarding unmanned and autonomous systems supporting future NATO military operations

     

    Research Workshop Topics

    Papers are invited in the areas of:

    • Artificial Intelligence Algorithms and UAV Applications
    • Cooperative and non-cooperative systems
    • AI-enabled Path planning, guidance, navigation and control
    • Data fusion and deep learning
    • Data acquisition, storage, and processing
    • Big data and machine learning
    • Flight control and flight-assist technologies
    • Sensors and integration
    • Sense-and-Avoid
    • Human-machine interface
    • Certification

    Monday, 21. September 2020 until Thursday, 24. September 2020
  • Mon 5 .
    Oct

    Abstract Submission Deadline extended until 31 January 2020

    All details about the event, deadlines and schedule, as well as the abstract and presentation format requirements are provided in the PDF document "Call for Papers" on the right.

     

    Framework of the Meeting

    The Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) is organizing - under its Technical Committee Mechanical Systems, Structures and Materials (TC-MSM) - a Research Workshop (RWS) on the subject of “Anti-tamper protective systems for NATO operations”.

    The meeting is open to NATO Nations plus the three “Enhanced Opportunity Partner” nations Australia, Sweden and Finland, and is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO AUSTRALIA, FINLAND AND SWEDEN”. The Meeting is to be held during the Fall 2020 AVT Panel Business Meeting Week (PBW) in Båstad, Sweden, 5 – 9 October 2020.

    A Research Workshop is a one-to-two day event with around 30 participants aiming at facilitating intensive information exchange and focussed discussions on a specific topic among an audience of experts and specialists. The Programme Committee is responsible for selecting and inviting the Speakers. Observers, who present no paper, can also participate. Research Workshops result in an STO Report (Meeting Proceedings) which will be published on the CSO website: www.sto.nato.int.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    Anti-tamper technologies provide the means to protect an electronic device against compromise of sensitive and proprietary data/technology through physical attacks, as well as techniques to mitigate the damages caused by such attacks from an adversary. The AVT-337 Technical Team aims to arrange a Research Workshop (RWS) to gather researchers in the area of anti-tamper protective technologies to exchange ideas and explore solutions related to emerging technologies and corresponding security standards to protect sensitive military systems from being compromised.

    An example of an emerging technology, where it is not clear to what extent current established security standards cover the secure design, implementation and testing, is an anti-tamper system based on Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs). Therefore, in addition to contribute to explore existing and new anti-tamper technologies, a new point of view on security tests could emerge from this RWS. This activity will also encourage collaboration within NATO to develop hardware demonstrators.

    This RWS furthermore aims at increasing the awareness in the NATO S&T community of the needs and necessities for incorporating anti-tamper protective solutions in military electronic equipment to prevent compromising sensitive information and reverse engineering of military technology.

     

    Research Workshop Topics

    Papers, posters, and physical demonstrators are invited in the areas of (but are not limited to):

    • Anti-tamper protection on a military systems/operational level. This includes, but is not limited to, unmanned/autonomous military vehicles in urban and maritime areas, remote sensors, communication devices, and autonomous systems in military/NATO operations in general
    • New anti-tamper solutions for Multi-Chip Modules (MCMs)
    • Batteryless anti-tamper technologies (e.g. PUF-based, but not limited to)
    • Enclosure technologies based on Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs)
    • Evaluation of the suitability of current established security standards for new emerging technologies, e.g. Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs)
    • Physical security assessment of emerging anti-tamper protective technologies
    • Risk management and testing strategies to improve security (both hardware and software)
    • Formal verification and other high-assurance methods for security
    • Physical assurance of integrated circuits and Multi-Chip Modules (MCMs) against focused ion beam (FIB) / scanning electron microscope (SEM)
    • Physical / logical shielding
    • Countermeasures against physical attacks
    • Solutions for bitstream protection and assurance
    • Printed circuit board (PCB) trust and assurance
    • Anti-tamper response strategies / technologies
    • Mitigations against aging and other environmental issues for PUF-based technologies
    • New promising materials for anti-tamper protection

     

    Other topics of interest concern attacks and fault analysis of anti-tamper technologies. These could be, but not limited to:

    • Side channel analysis (power, timing, electromagnetic emanation, etc.)
    • Fault injection
    • Environmental attacks

    Monday, 05. October 2020 until Wednesday, 07. October 2020
  • Mon 5 .
    Oct

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 January 2019

    All details about the event, deadlines and schedule, as well as the abstract and presentation format requirements are provided in the PDF document "Call for Papers" on the right.

     

    Framework of the Meeting

    The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization is organizing a Specialists’ Meeting on the subject of “Enabling Platform Technologies for Resilient Small Satellite Constellations for NATO Missions.” The meeting is open to NATO Nations plus Sweden, Australia, Finland and New Zealand and is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, FINLAND AND NEW ZEALAND”. The Meeting is to be held in Båstad, Sweden on 5–7 October 2020.

    A Specialists’ Meeting is a medium-sized three-day event with up to 100 participants that aims at promoting exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge among an audience of experts and specialists on an important scientific or applied topic. The Programme Committee is responsible for selecting and inviting the Speakers. Observers, who present no paper, can also participate. Specialists’ Meetings result in a STO Report (Meeting Proceedings) published by NATO. Selected papers will be peer-reviewed to be published in a NATO AVT Journal.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    The AVT-336 Technical Team is investigating the state-of-of-the-art, gaps, opportunities and benefits to be derived by infusing enabling platform technologies for small satellite constellations for responsive, resilient, reliable and affordable space infrastructure required for NATO missions. More specifically, the potential topics to be addressed are broadly categorised under three primary levels of spacecraft technologies, namely, constellation level, system or satellite level and subsystem level.

    The primary objective of this meeting is to bring together experts in the field to review and assess the current state-of-the-art in Platform Technologies for Resilient Small Satellite Constellations capable of effectively performing for NATO Missions to identify the gaps in technologies and define the required next steps. The AVT-336 Technical Team will assemble the results of this Specialists’ Meeting together with external information to provide a final summary report detailing the current state-of-the-art and providing recommendations discussed at the Specialists’ Meeting to enhance the value to be derived from small spacecraft constellation technologies. One of the major goals of the STO is monitoring emerging technologies and bringing together experts to present and discuss the needs and ideas for these new technologies for application in their fields.

     

    Research Workshop Topics

    This call for papers seeks presentations on the following technological aspects of small satellite constellations under three board levels of systems: 

    Constellation Level:  Multiple spacecraft operating in a coordinated approach can accomplish missions and provide performance not possible by a single spacecraft.  Constellation architectures can be designed to provide global coverage or to optimize mission spatial and temporal coverage.  They can consist of multiple copies of the same satellite or be formed of satellites with different functional designs.  Technical papers are sought that describe architectures and missions for multiple satellites that address the unique challenges and opportunities presented by spacecraft constellations. These technologies include but are not limited to:

    • Multi-spacecraft, interoperable architecture
      • Communication interface
      • Control implications
      • Distributed satellites with diverse functionality
    • Mission level autonomy for constellations
      • Mission optimization
      • Automatic collision avoidance
    • Survivability of mission capability
      • New redundancy concepts
      • Improved resiliency through spacecraft redundancy
      • Embedded deorbit technologies
      • Reliability modelling
    • Use of commercial constellations to host military payload
      • Benefits, Risks, Costs
    • Quick launch and multiple launch capabilities
      • Rapid launch capability
      • Standard interface for bus and payloads 

    System or Satellite Level: Individual spacecraft are the building blocks of a constellation. They have multiple subsystems integrated together that enable the spacecraft system to perform its mission without any physical connection to other space assets. In recent years, technology advances have enabled smaller and lower mass satellites which makes them particularly attractive for satellite constellations. Technical papers are sought that describe spacecraft modular architectures and system technologies that address the unique challenges of small, low cost spacecraft. Technologies of interest include but are not limited to:

    • Communication
      • Satellite to ground communication, Satellite-to-satellite or satellite-to-aircraft
      • High bandwidth communications
      • Secure communications
    • Command and control
      • Autonomous operations
      • Safety and security
    • High volume manufacturing techniques
      • Cross industry training
      • Just in time manufacturing
    • Processing of data to generate information
      • On-board computer hardware enabling AI
      • On-board processing for data reduction
    • Propulsion and manoeuvring
      • High precision thrusts
      • Electric propulsion, ion propulsion, FEEP, PPT
      • Cold gas and resistojet

     

    Subsystem Level: Within each spacecraft system, there exist subsystem technologies that reduce size, weight and power (SWAP) and/or provide increased performance over previous technology. To achieve the full potential of small spacecraft constellations, new subsystem technologies are critical to advancing performance and decreasing costs. Technical papers are sought that describe new approaches and technologies for spacecraft subsystems that include but are not limited to:

    • Thermal management in small volume
      • Passive or active use of heat pipes HPs or LHPs
      • Duty cycle adjustment but not suitable for military applications
    • Improved on-board processing capability
      • Use of COTS equipment
    • New technology infusion
      • Transition of commercial technology (COTS)
      • New materials
      • Modular plug-and-play mechanisms
    • Deployable apertures for power and RF antennas
      • Booms and antennas
      • Miniaturization of antennas
    • Precision flying through accurate positions
      • Sensors and algorithms
    • Deorbit systems

    Monday, 05. October 2020 until Wednesday, 07. October 2020
  • Tue 6 .
    Oct

    Call for papers Combat Casualty Care 2035

    DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS:

    Deadline: 31 March 2020

    For information please contact:

    Dr Terry Rauch (United States) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Colonel Michael Davis (United States) -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Surgeon Captain Rory Rickard (United Kingdom) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Symposium 

    To be held in Madrid, Spain from 6-7 October 2020

     

    Symposium Combat Casualty Care 2035

    Current combat casualty care and medical planning guidelines are based on rapid evacuation to damage control surgery and critical care. Future operational environments will considerably impact NATO forces’ ability to adhere to these guidelines and medically evacuate casualties to provide life, limb, and eyesight saving treatments in a timely manner. Additionally, the potentially massive volume and complexity of medical casualties resulting from advanced weapon systems and battlespace tactics will overwhelm the ability to provide battlespace trauma care given current military assets and doctrine. These factors are likely to result in case fatality and died of wounds rates more similar to those observed during World War I and II than achieved during the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

     

    Go to the full document in order to see the details how to send your abstracts.

    Tuesday, 06. October 2020 until Wednesday, 07. October 2020
  • Thu 22 .
    Oct

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 APRIL 2020

    All details about the event, deadlines and schedule, as well as the abstract and presentation format requirements are provided in the PDF "Call for Papers" document on the right.

    This symposium will provide attendees a forum to advance modelling and simulation (M&S) in the Alliance. The combination of M&S users and developers concentrated in this one forum will not only educate attendees, but also provide fresh ideas for the advancement and effective use of M&S in NATO.

    M&S has become a critical technology in NATO and Partner Nations. M&S provides training opportunities where mission complexity or limited resources restrict live exercising possibilities. Analysis and Mission planning tools can use M&S to support operational decision-making. Simulation technology is still rapidly evolving – notably in the consumer and civilian market. These advances create opportunities for new and innovative applications that can counteract the threats our military organizations face, as well as the fiscal realities.

    The MSG-177 Programme Committee invites papers on how military M&S systems should modernize to meet the demands of a digital savvy war fighter. In particular, how can modern simulation solutions (e.g. Mixed Reality, M&S as a Service, AI-based Simulation) provide cost-effective personalised training at the point of need, or provide timely decision support or planning tools, for rapidly changing and complex operations in hybrid warfare or in the grey-zone.

    Papers may cover the full range of applications: including air, land, maritime, cyber, space, autonomous systems, influence and information operations, C4ISR & military-civil decision making support.

    The abstract should discuss what the delegates could expect to learn from the paper and presentation on how M&S may be developed or exploited to address national and coalition needs.

     

     

    Thursday, 22. October 2020 until Friday, 23. October 2020 08:00 - 17:30
  • Wed 5 .
    May

    This Research Specialists' Meeting is open to NATO Nations + Australia Finland, Sweden and New Zealand.

    Wednesday, 05. May 2021 until Wednesday, 06. May 2020 08:00 - 17:30
  • Mon 17 .
    May

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 March 2020

    All details about the event, deadlines and schedule, as well as the abstract and presentation format requirements are provided in the PDF document "Call for Papers" on the right.

     

    Framework of the Meeting

    The Applied Vehicle Technology Panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization is organizing under its Performance, Stability and Control, Fluid Physics Focus a Specialists’ Meeting on the subject of “Advanced Wind Tunnel Boundary Simulation II.” This meeting is a continuation of the Advanced Wind Tunnel Boundary Simulation Research Workshop, AVT-284, which was held in Torino, Italy in May 2018 (https://tinyurl.com/AdvWTSimI).

    The meeting is open to NATO Nations plus the three “Enhanced Opportunity Partner” nations Australia, Sweden and Finland and is classified as “NATO UNCLASSIFIED OPEN TO AUSTRALIA, FINLAND, SWEDEN”. The Meeting is to be held in Berlin, Germany, 17-19 May 2021.

    A Specialists’ Meeting is a medium-sized 2.5-day event with up to 100 participants that aims at promoting exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge among an audience of experts and specialists on an important scientific or applied topic. The Programme Committee is responsible for selecting and inviting the Speakers, and is currently planning for approximately 15-20 papers and several open topical discussions. Observers, who present no paper, can also participate. Specialists’ Meetings result in a STO Report (Meeting Proceedings). Additionally, the Programme Committee is currently exploring the publication of select papers in a peer reviewed journal.

     

    General Scope and Meeting Objectives

    One of the major goals of the STO is to monitor emerging technologies and to bring together experts to present and discuss the needs and ideas for these new technologies for application in their fields. This RSM will provide an opportunity for technical experts to assess the state of the art in the use of high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of wind tunnel flow and boundaries, including inflow, outflow, walls, and model support hardware. The Meeting Organizers highly encourage teaming of computational and experimental experts to explore potential opportunities for improved integrated prediction capability.

    The following objectives are to be addressed:

    • Experimentally characterize wind tunnel and measurement processes for CFD (e.g. boundary/initial conditions and sensitivities of both test section and article, mass flow at diffuser);
    • Perform high-fidelity CFD (Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes, Detached Eddy Simulation, Large Eddy Simulation, Lattice Boltzmann, etc.) simulation of measured wind tunnel flow (to include matched post processing to the extent possible);
    • Compare outcomes of high-fidelity CFD with those of lower-fidelity modelling and/or with experimental data, using standard uncertainty quantification techniques published in literature;
    • Develop recommendations for (1) the use of high-fidelity simulation of wind tunnel flows and/or (2) experimental characterization for CFD comparison;
    • Identify key areas requiring further research and development.

    Specialists’ Meeting Requirements for Consideration and Additional Topics

    The work presented in selected papers must report on a high-fidelity simulation (Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes, Detached Eddy Simulation, Large Eddy Simulation, Lattice Boltzmann, etc.) of a measured wind tunnel flow (to include matched post processing to the extent possible), and should contain the following details:

    • A description of the experimental techniques and assumptions used in measurement of facility boundary conditions (for example facility geometry, inflow and outflow boundary conditions, inflow turbulence, inflow angularity, mass flow, leakage, etc.).
    • The method of determination of experimental reference quantities and the sensitivity of the numerical simulation to the specified numerical reference/boundary conditions (typically, Mach number, angle of attack, total pressure, dynamic pressure, etc.).
    • A description of the modelling techniques and assumptions used, including initial conditions and boundary conditions, and the extent of the test section modelled.
    • An uncertainty analysis on experimental and simulation results (modelling assumptions and approximations, input data, etc.).
    • Comparison of high-fidelity CFD with those of lower-fidelity modelling and with experimental data with uncertainty, using published uncertainty quantification techniques.
    • Recommendation(s) for (1) the use of high-fidelity simulation of wind tunnel flow, (2) experimental characterization required for CFD comparison, and (3) key areas requiring further research and development.

    Additional Recommended Topics

    Authors are recommended, but not required, to address the following topics in their papers:

    • Comparison of characteristics and state of flow at the boundaries of the test section or in other pertinent parts of the facility.
    • Variations in the modelling assumptions, with their corresponding effects (e.g. change in the extent of the test facility modelled, build-up with the support system, a representation of explicit plenum flow vs. a ventilated boundary model).
    • Identification and appropriate justifications of improvements over established methods permitted by the high-fidelity modelling.
      • A comparison of the applied methods to a reference work. Reference works may include classical wall interference techniques, experimental data, or another trusted work. The intent of the reference is to provide context for the work and/or justification for improvements upon classical techniques.
    • A discussion of the “cost” and “risk” of the high-fidelity modelling compared with the benefit it provides, e.g.:
      • Discuss the practical possible use of the high-fidelity modelling in daily wind tunnel operation (is it intended to be applied for every run/data point in a wind tunnel test matrix or would it be limited to a few “check” cases or research type work?)
      • Discuss the effort required (e.g., human expertise, CPU time, grid generation)
      • Discuss the reliability of and the risk associated with the use of high-fidelity modelling (e.g., possible misinterpretation of results)

    Monday, 17. May 2021 until Wednesday, 19. May 2021

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