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map7th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons

June 03-05, 2013

Venue: Stadthalle Ettlingen, Ettlingen, Germany

organized by Fraunhofer ICT

and Call for Papers

Some twenty years have already passed since the earliest deployments of NLW, and these equipments represent an important tool for most of the military and law enforcement personnel. Yet, despite many significant success stories and results, there are great uncertainties and, generally speaking, concerns among the public opinion, the media, and, as consequence, the policy makers, regarding the effectiveness vs. the risks. Technological developments are often slower than expected and in many cases forecasts and promises were not adequately fulfilled, causing growing uncertainties on the next achievements.

The 2013 symposium will build on previous symposia and follow similar holistic topics. The overarching theme will be to examine how fielded non lethal technologies have performed in real operational environments, such as the ongoing civil unrest in the West and military involvement in parts of Africa and Asia.

This will provide a valuable opportunity to hear from, and discuss the lessons learnt across the many disciplines of this subject from a range of subject matter experts and operational practitioners. This will identify where gaps in capability still exist to steer future research. In addition the symposium will examine how progress in emerging technology areas seeks to fill known capability gaps such as effects at range. The symposium also intends to examine the emergence and use of non lethal weapons in a criminal content, both from offensive and defensive viewpoints.

The Symposium includes topics on current and advanced technologies, operational and tactical aspects, required capabilities, legal and public acceptance, effects on target as well as the evaluation of effects. The listed topics should only be considered as guiding principles.

Chairman of the Symposium
Massimo Annati
Italian Navy (ret'd), Milano


Programme Committee
and national Points of Contact

The European Working Group on Non-Lethal Weapons (EWG-NLW) serves as the Programme Committee and national points of Contact:

Massimo Annati
 Italian Navy (ret'd), Milano, IT

Helmut Oppenheim
 Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport, Vienna, AT

Chris De Cock
 Ministry of Defence, Brussels, BE

David Humair
 armasuisse, Thun, CH

Milan Bezdek
 VOP-026 Sternberk, s.p. divize VTÚPV Vyskov, CZ

Jochen Neutz
 Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, DE

Ilkka Höysti
 Police Technical Centre, Kuusankoski, FI

Willy Lamal
 DGA, Bagneux, FR

Paolo Giannett
 Segredifesa, Rome, IT

Igor Plaksin
 University of Coimbra, Coimbra, PT

J.J.M. (Pascal) Paulissen
 TNO Defence, Security and Safety, Rijswijk, NL

Victor Selivanov
 Baumann University, Moscow, RU

Sofia Hedenstierna
 Swedish Defence Research Agency, Tumba, SE

Graham Smith
 Home Office Scientific Development Branch, St. Albans, UK



Contributions to the Symposium can be presented as oral presentations (presentation time 25 minutes including discussion) or poster presentations.

Please submit an abstract not exceeding 300 words together with the exact title and name(s) of the author(s). Authors are requested to supply up to five keywords below the abstract, and to send the abstract to conference_ict.fraunhofer.de and to the national point of contact.

The papers will be published in the Symposium Proceedings, which will appear at the beginning of the event. Guidelines on how to prepare the text will be sent to the authors.


Conference Language


Closing date for abstracts   Oct. 05, 2012
Reply to authors   Nov./Dec. 2012
Full papers (printable PDF)   April 12, 2013

The programme will be published in March 2013.


RAdm Massimo Annati
E-Mail:   m.annatiqmarina.difesa.it


Conference and Exhibition Management
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