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NCT Europe 2018 Conference
NCT Europe 2018 Conference 18/06/2018
The European CBRNe community comes together at NCT Europe 2018!

Organized in partnership with the National Training Center of the Dutch Ministry of Defense, NCT Europe will take place in Vught, the Netherlands, from the 3rd to the 5th of July.

CBRNe stands for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and explosive (CBRNe) threats. Examples of CBRNe incidents include the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad regime, use of chemical weapons by Da’esh, the assassination attempts using nerve agents in Kuala Lumpur (2016) on Kim Jong- Nam, and on the Skripals in Salisbury (2018). The nuclear incidents in Fukushima and Chernobyl are examples of CBRNe incidents resulting from accidents.

NCT Europe 2018 is a three-day event which will kick-off with the Opening Plenary chaired by Brig. Gen. (ret.) William King, US Army 20th CBRNe Command. The conference stream and the workshops will welcome keynote speakers, such as:

  • Lt. Gen. Hans van Griensven, Inspector General of the combined Dutch Armed Forces
  • Mr. Douglas Bryce, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense, JPEO-CBD, USA
  • Brig. Gen. Moon Sung-joon, Commander, Korean (ROK) CBRN School
  • Col. Alexandre Marcos Carvalho de Vasconcelos, Commander 1st CBRN Battalion C.O., Brazilian Army
  • Col. Burg Valk, Commander of the Dutch Engineer Training Center, Royal Armed Forces of the Netherlands
  • H.E. Nizar Al Herakey, Syrian Ambassador in Qatar

Alongside the traditional conference, workshops and exhibition, the event will introduce a new feature: multinational CBRNe Trainings. Teams from Ukraine, Italy, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Spain will train on different scenarios. As CBRNe emergencies increasingly require a multilateral response, to reinforce resilience against threats. Europe has many lessons to be learned when it comes to close cooperation in defense and security. This is why the CBRNe Society organizes joint multinational and multidisciplinary trainings and offer European CBRNe stakeholders the opportunity to learn from each other and train together to keep our societies safe. In addition to the trainings, NCT Europe will also feature one live demonstration per day, organized by the Dutch Armed Forces.

Other speakers include representatives from the Dutch Armed Forces, RIVM, TNO, Polish Armed Forces, Italian 7th Regiment of NBC Defence, Belgian Queen Astrid Military Hospital, Brazilian Army, Swiss Armed Forces, Austrian Ministry of Defence, Syrian Embassy in Qatar, and many more.

The event will host focussed workshops on the Skripal attempted assassination in Salisbury and on the use of chemical weapons in Syria with experts with direct experience on the field.

The full program with all speakersand their biographiesand their (short) bios can be found on For press accreditation, and planning of interviews with speakers and VIPs, please contact Mr. Martijn van Ballekom at +31 625 11 48 05 or by email at martijn@ib-

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