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Register for 2023 Chemical Weapons Demilitarisation Conference

Dstl will host the 25th CWD Conference, bringing together international experts and promoting collaboration to achieve a future free from chemical weapons.

Register for CWD 2023

  • Taking place in London in May 2023
  • Hear from experts in the field
  • Opportunities to network and work collaboratively
  • Reunite with your international colleagues
  • Witness live demonstrations

Registration closes on 21 April 2023. Email to learn about opportunities for sponsorship and demonstrating equipment

About the conference

The CWD Conference, now celebrating its 25th year, is an international conference hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is a unique forum, bringing together international chemical weapons demilitarisation experts, with the aim of working towards a future free of chemical weapons.

Despite the enormous progress made in disposing of state stockpiles, there is a continued need for chemical weapons destruction policies, plans, and capabilities. This conference is the foremost event for experts to discuss this priority, as well as share information and make valuable contacts within the field. Our previous event, hosted in September 2022, was attended by over 130 delegates from 13 countries, representing more than 60 distinct organisations.

New for 2023, we will be including discussions around non-traditional chemical warfare agents and their destruction technologies, such as biotoxins. This expansion into the biologically-focused side of the field will reflect the ever-evolving landscape of both chemical weapons and biological weapons demilitarisation.

We will also be continuing our focus on early careers speakers, a programme introduced at our previous conference with great success. It is our desire to encourage even more people in the early stages of their career to attend, and contribute towards, the conference. As such, 6 fully funded speaking places will be available for eligible candidates across government, industry, and academia who are in the first 5 years of their career.

Live equipment demonstrations will also take place amidst the two days of presentations, panel sessions, and poster displays, and there will be ample opportunity for discussion and networking. The conference is open to anyone with a relevant interest in CWD, and is attended by representatives of governments, industry, academia, and the armed forces.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission closes 24 February 2023
  • Registration closes 21 April 2023

Why attend CWD 2023?

Our conference supports the global effort to eliminate chemical weapons and fosters co-operation through the exchange of information and ideas relating to safe disposal. CWD is the primary international forum for making valuable professional contacts in this field. Attendance will provide you with unique opportunities to:

  • Exchange knowledge and expertise
  • Network with others in the field
  • Meet international experts
  • Collaborate with your peers
  • Both learn about and present innovative and exciting new solutions
  • Share your technical challenges
  • Discover and offer fresh thinking, new ideas, and different approaches
  • Contribute to a future free of chemical weapons

Register by 21 April 2023

Register now to join us in demonstrating our shared commitment to eliminating this class of weapons of mass destruction, and discover ways in which we can overcome the challenges associated with chemical weapons demilitarisation.

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