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3rd Annual Science and Technology for Homeland Security and Resilience Conference 2007

12 June 2007, 7:30 to 13 June 2007, 16:30

Please see additional information for 'The United Kingdom Security & Counter Terrorism Science & Innovation Strategy'.

 

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This conference takes a ‘holistic’ view of science and technology within the homeland security and resilience space.  From creating an understanding of the science and technology funding, R&D, and deployment process, to examining key science and technology polices from the UK, US and Europe the conference will provide attendees with a broad understanding of the market.  From this base the conference will explore the key opportunities that are being formed both at home and abroad in the Homeland security space.  Looking to the future what areas of innovation in science and technology are providing potential solutions?

 

Placing technology within the wider context of its role within society is also pivotal to this topic.  Are the public being increasingly monitored in the name of ‘security’?  Does the incremental application of technology to the problem necessarily create an atmosphere of ‘security’ or does it create increased fear and paranoia?  Technology provides a key tool in the reaction and response to crises, but does it sufficiently mitigate the effects of a crisis?

 

Key areas of discussion include:

  • Science and Technology polices of the UK, US and European Union.
  • Government interaction with the security technology supply base.
  • International perspectives on technology within the Homeland Security space.
  • How are current technology implementation programmes, such as E-Borders progressing?  What lessons can be learnt for the future?
  • What areas of innovation in science and technology will have applications for Homeland Security in the future?
  • What is the role of security technology within society?  Are we creating a ‘surveillance society’ through the introduction of such technology?

Confirmed speakers:

 

  • Professor Paul Wiles, Chief Scientific Advisor, Home Office
  • Dr. James DeCorpo, Head of Eurasia Office, Department of Homeland Security, US
  • Ian Neill, Deputy Director E - Borders, Home Office
  • Rafi Sela, Security and Defence Consultant, Expert Business Development Services, Israel
  • Charles Goslin, Vice President, Duos Technologies International Inc
  • Dr. David Murakami Wood, Editor and co-Author of 'A Report on the Surveilance Society' for the Information Commisioner
  • Margaret Gilmore, Former Home and Legal Affairs Correspondant, BBC, and Associate Fellow, RUSI
  • Frank Rozelaar, Technical Director, QinetiQ
  • John Magowan, Client Director, Steria
  • Dr. Alasdair Rose, Programme Manager, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Dr. Yair Sharan, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Technological Analysis and Forecasting, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Dr. Peter Ryan, Head of Homeland and Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, Hyder Consulting
  • Rod Schmitke, Counsellor Defence R & D, Canadian High Commision
  • Phil Hodgins, International Trade Adviser Security, UK Trade & Investment
  • Martin Darkins, Business Development Manager, Autonomous Systems and Future Capability, BAE
  • Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director, Smiths Detection & Chairman, RISC Council
  • Khoen Liem, Principle Scientific Officer, European Commision

For further information and sponsorship opportunities contact Tobias Feakin tel: + 44(0) 207 747 2631 email: tobiasf@rusi.org

 

 

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