About IT²EC


Training and education technologies for the military and civil protection communities

Held annually, IT²EC is Europe’s primary forum for representatives from across the military, civil sector, industry and academia to connect and share knowledge about simulation, training and education.

The three-day exhibition and conference gathers a broad selection of the industry’s brightest minds from across Europe and further afield. IT²EC provides an ideal platform for organisations to:

  • showcase evolving product and service solutions
  • monitor competitor and collaborator activities
  • evaluate emerging trends and technologies
  • network with new and existing connections
  • discover and shape future initiatives

Why T²?

ITEC has served the military training community for more than 30 years, witnessing a period of intense evolution and new product development.

The impact of technology has been exaggerated in recent years, following the emergence of innovative startups and increasing collaboration with civil training and commercial technologies. As an event, ITEC has reflected this, with a noticeable shift in demographic of end-user visitors, a greater proportion of SME exhibitors and the recent introduction of the DisTec showfloor experience.

As the event enters its fourth decade, it is the right time for an updated identity which accurately reflects our increasing focus on the technology which underpins current and future training solutions.

So, from 2020 onwards, the event will be known as IT²EC: the International Training Technology Exhibition & Conference. 

Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

Key Themes

Key Themes

Take Part

Take Part

How do I say IT²EC?

To eliminate confusion, you can still pronounce it “ITEC”. We will use IT²EC wherever possible in brand assets and across our communication channels, but elements such as website domains and email aliases will remain unchanged.

Next Stop: London

IT²EC is returning to the United Kingdom for the first time since 2016. Join us in London and expect:
  • >75 exhibitors
  • 2,000+ attendees
  • 130 VIPs/delegations
  • 45 nations represented
  • 24% military audience
History of IT²EC

History of IT²EC

Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019, IT²EC is now entering its fourth decade. The event continues to rotate annually between venues in Western Europe. In recent years, the brand has extended with two regional conferences MilSim CEE and MilSim Asia.

Previous locations:

  • 1990 – Birmingham, NEC, United Kingdom
  • 1991– Maastricht, MECC, The Netherlands
  • 1992 – Luxembourg, FIR
  • 1993 – London, Wembley Exhibition Centre, United Kingdom
  • 1994 – The Hague, NCC, The Netherlands
  • 1995 – The Hague, NCC, The Netherlands
  • 1996 – The Hague, NCC, The Netherlands
  • 1997 – Lausanne, Palais de Beaulieu , Switzerland
  • 1998 – Lausanne, Palais de Beaulieu, Switzerland
  • 1999 – The Hague, NCC, The Netherlands
  • 2000 – The Hague, NCC, The Netherlands
  • 2001 – Lille, France
  • 2002 – Lille, France
  • 2003 – London ExCeL, United Kingdom
  • 2004 – London, ExCeL, United Kingdom
  • 2005 – Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands
  • 2006 – London, ExCeL, United Kingdom
  • 2007 – Cologne, Koelnmesse, Germany
  • 2008 – Stockholm, Stockholmsmassan, Sweden
  • 2009 – Brussels, BrusselExpo, Belgium
  • 2010 – London, ExCeL, United Kingdom
  • 2011 – Cologne, Koelnmesse, Germany
  • 2012 – London, ExCeL, United Kingdom
  • 2013 – Rome, Fiera di Roma, Italy
  • 2014 – Cologne, Koelnmesse, Germany
  • 2015 – Prague, PVA Expo, Czech Republic
  • 2016 – London, ExCeL, United Kingdom
  • 2017 – Rotterdam, Ahoy, The Netherlands
  • 2018 – Stuttgart, Messe, Germany
  • 2019 – Stockholm, Stockholmsmässan, Sweden
  • 2020 – London, ExCeL, United Kingdom


  • “ITEC is such an important event for the military simulation community. From the first contact, to the information passed by email, the way we were received and everything we experienced was incredible. Congratulations on the event and I hope to be present again next year.”
    Alexandre Villarmosa
    Lt Commander, Brazilian Navy
  • “ITEC is important for a mixture of reasons. It is a really good engagement platform for customers, partners and suppliers so we can understand where we are going, what we have got right and where we need to improves further into. It also provides visibility of what everyone else is doing.”
    Alison Heminsley
    Simulation & Training Technologist, BAE Systems
  • “DisTec brings together industry from all parts of the world and gives us an opportunity to showcase what we can do and understand more what they can do for us. We met lots of interesting companies.”
    Lucy Mason
    Head of Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA), UK MoD
  • “ITEC is Europe's most important event in modelling & simulation-based training and education for military, civilian defence and societal security. It raises awareness, conveys knowledge and promotes networking among professionals.”
    Dr Arne Norlander
    LtCol (Retd), CEO, NORSECON AB
  • “The show is successful for us and really great to meet our international customers. Our stand is very crowded all the time.”
    Hans Lindgren
    Head of Business Development, Saab

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