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 IT²EC 2024 - defence training and technology event

IT²EC provides a platform for the military and civil security/resilience communities to exchange knowledge on innovation, simulation, education effectiveness and interoperability. This year we will look at explore the technologies shaping the future military landscape and examine how they can enhance training effectiveness for a fully integrated force. 

In particular, we are looking for submissions on the theme: Enabling Operational Advantage Through Training & Simulation

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Extended submission deadline: Friday 03 November 2023

What are the submission requirements?


Conference theme

Defence training technology is rapidly evolving with advancements in AI, XR, big data analytics and the Internet of Things paving the way for more effective and efficient training.

How can defence best leverage these technologies to optimise our collective operational advantage?

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Submission Topics

Throughout the three days of content, we will investigate the current challenges and future opportunities pertaining to four key areas.

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Benefits of Speaking

Every year our conferences have witnessed high-quality presentations from renowned defence training technology experts.

In fact, several speakers have also re-applied year after year. What makes them return to our event?

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Advantages of becoming a speaker

As Europe's leading defence training technology event, subject-matter specialists from across the military, industry, academia and government apply to speak at IT²EC. In fact, several speakers have returned year after year as well.

Here are the benefits our speakers enjoy:

   A platform to be seen as an industry thought leader
  Share your ideas and raise awareness on the industry challenges
  Showcase your research and innovation


  Be heard by a broad audience of senior leaders in the government and military

  Receive mentorship and guidance from our committee members on your paper
  Stay updated with the research by other industry experts
  Attend the conference for free and network at the exhibition


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 IT²EC 2024 - Speaker benefits

Application requirements

Speaker applications will close on Friday 03 November 2023. The technical planning committee will then review all submissions and set the IT²EC 2024 conference agenda. All authors will be contacted tentatively by the end of November. 

Ahead of each conference, the IT²EC technical planning committee welcomes papers and panel proposal abstracts exploring the theme from military, civil, academia and government personnel.

Authors are required to identify which of the conference focus areas their paper addresses. These are used to help the committee understand the authors' perspective in order to build a coherent agenda.

To submit a paper, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Abstract title
  • Paper summary
  • Top takeaway points for audience members
  • Speaker biography 

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*Please note the above abstract template document is only applicable for an extended submission and not an initial one.

The Chatham House Rule

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."

The Chatham House Rule is not in effect by default. Speakers retain the right, however, to invoke it at the beginning of their presentation whereupon it will last for the duration of that presentation only.

At no point is recording equipment of any kind permitted to be used in any conference room. This includes filming and audio recording. Photos are permitted provided there is no flash.