personal freedom, particularly in personal data protection. Expoprotection will showcase innovation with over 300 new products, solutions and services expected to be presented on the stands. The best among these will be singled out by an expert jury in the Expoprotection Awards, the results of which will be announced a month prior to the event. For more information visit: www.expoprotection.com
9-11 OCTOBER, NCT ASIA, SHERATON HOTEL, HANOI, VIETNAM With nuclear power plants bordering the country and the IED threat in neighbouring Indonesia and Thailand, Vietnam is continuously developing its CBRNe response capabilities. It has become one of the leading countries in Southeast Asian CBRN, EOD and de-mining defence and is investing heavily in preparation for CBRNe incidents. The NCT Asia conference will be opened by Guy Roberts, assistant secretary of defence for nuclear, chemical and biological defence programmes at the US Department of Defense. He will share his perspective on the current security environment as well as key challenges and priorities. The conference stream will be chaired by Col Henry Neumann, commander of the Bundeswehr CBRN defence command. Speakers include Lt Vincent S Laca, chief of the counter-intelligence group for the Coast Guard, Philippines; Col (ret) Wolfgang Widders, senior advisor for CBRN protection systems, KĂ¤rcher Futuretech; and Sanjay Kumar, safety manager of Delhi International Airport, India. The event is organised by the CBRNe Society in collaboration with the Vietnamese Peopleâ€™s Army Military Medical Department and the Vietnamese Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety. Fore more information visit: https://www.nct-asia.com/
6-8 NOVEMBER, EXPOPROTECTION, PORTE DE VERSAILLES, PARIS, FRANCE Organised every two years, Expoprotection promises over 750 exhibitors in the field of health and safety at work; safety/security; fire protection and fire fighting; and industrial risk reduction. According to the organiser, a number of trends are emerging, such as taking individual responsibility for prevention, whether as part of the workforce at a company, local authority or government department. The digital revolution is also a highly topical issue with the explosion in big data and the problem of managing the huge volume of information coupled with the emergence of deep learning, artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Finally, Expoprotection intends to highlight current and future societal issues such as the change in scope of private security; increased cooperation between public and private sector operators; and finding a balance between increased safety and
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4-5 DECEMBER, VDS-FIRE SAFETY, COLOGNE EXHIBITION CENTRE, GERMANY The conference for fire protection and security professionals consists of seven conferences and symposiums, a large trade fair and thematic forums in the exhibition hall that are open to all trade-fair visitors. The main theme for the conference is fire extinguishing systems, and amongst the areas to be covered are water-mist extinguishing systems, foam extinguishing systems, and oxygen-reduction systems. In addition, the official results of the Grenfell Tower fire investigation will be examined. Simultaneous German-English translation will be provided for the conference presentations. For more information, visit www.vds.de/fla18.
5-6 DECEMBER, KUWAIT FIRE AND SAFETY SUMMIT, JUMEIRAH MESSILAH BEACH HOTEL AND SPA, KUWAIT Fire safety in high-rise buildings and at petrochemical facilities are two of the main focuses at the forthcoming Kuwait Fire and Safety Summit in December. The event will bring together industrial emergency response leaders with industry associations, government, and civil defence bodies in a networking event that aims to facilitate the discussion of key issues, as well as the sharing of experience, expertise, and case studies. Kuwait is committed to ensuring the highest standards in the fire and safety environment and the country is part of a GCC-wide initiative to examine and highlight current standards of safety and security in high-rise buildings in the region and promote the exchange of ideas between regional industry professionals and international experts. The summit aims to update and equip stakeholders with the latest global standards and developments, regulations, specific requirements and best practices in this field. Kuwait has also taken a lead in introducing fire safety reforms. The Kuwait Fire Safety Directorate has partnered with private petrochemical companies to raise awareness of how fire safety systems, such as fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, gas cylinders, and fire evacuation can reduce the risk of loss of life and property. For more information visit www.wpsummits.com/kfss/.
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