Welcome to the Symposium

NBC 2018 provides an interdisciplinary forum for sharing the latest information between scientists, industry representatives and authorities.
This time we meet under the midnight sun on the Arctic Circle.



1. Detection, identification and analysis of CBRNE threats
2. Protection, decontamination and medical issues in CBRNE incidents
3. The effect of environmental factors on CBRNE protection issues
4. Arctic dimension
5. Risks associated with toxic industrial chemicals
6. Preparedness issues
7. Education and training in CBRNE protection
8. International cooperation, treaties and national legislation, regulations and strategies

Invited speakers


Tomas Ries is an Associate Professor at the Swedish National Defence University since 2010. His research includes the globalising security environment, the nature of strategy, security and war, Russian military and security policy, and Nordic security and defence policies.



David Christian Hassell serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense, where he is responsible for providing direction, coordination, and advocacy for chemical and biological defense throughout DoD, as well as ensuring integration with interagency and international partners.



Dr Filippa Lentzos is a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London, with a joint appointment in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and the Department of War Studies. She specialises in the security and governance of emerging technologies in the life sciences. Much of her work is focused on synthetic biology, often identified as the area of the life sciences most susceptible to misuse, but she also examines other emerging fields like genome editing, potentially pandemic pathogens and neurobiology.



Dr Janet-Martha Blatny is the Director for the Protection and Societal Security Division at FFI (2014-) and is responsible for the coordination of societal security projects at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). She has been a representative of the national preparedness committee in Norway, and is one of the three Norwegian representatives of the NATO STO HFM Panel (since 2012) as well as as the Co-Chair of the NATO STO HFM HMP Area.



Olli Heinonen is Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC. From 2010 to July 2017, he was a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and before that he served for 27 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna (also as the deputy director general of the IAEA, and head of its Department of Safeguards).


Symposium Venue

The city of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle is the administrational, commercial, educational, and cultural capital of Finnish Lapland and the home of Santa Claus.
Located in the city centre close to the hotels, the symposium venue, Lappia Hall, is designed by the world-famous architect Alvar Aalto.

Rovaniemi can be reached by air or by several daily train connections from Helsinki.

Important Dates


Reduced participation fee of 750€ until February 1, 2018
Participation fee 850€ from February 2, 2018

Abstract submissions

Deadline for abstracts by December 11, 2017
Authors informed by December 21, 2017
Deadline for papers by March 31, 2018

Want to be a sponsor?

The organiser welcomes all event sponsors who want to get extra exposure. If you book a booth at the exhibition, just tick the appropriate box on the booking form and the organiser will contact you.
If you only want to be a sponsor, please use the contact form on the contact page.

1. Gold sponsor, 6000€

(for one company only)

Max. 10 min. presentation at Symposium Opening
Advert in printed Symposium proceedings (spread and back cover)
Company logo printed on conference bag
Participation in event press conference
Company logo with link on NBC 2018 website’s front page
One bag insert
Two complementary participants


2. Silver sponsor, 3000€

(for two companies)

Max. 8 min. speech/company at Symposium dinner
Company logo visibility at Symposium dinner
Advert in printed Symposium proceedings (spread)
Company logo with link on NBC 2018 website’s front page
One bag insert
One complementary participant


3. Bronze sponsor, 2000€

(for three companies)

Max. 5 min. speech/company at Get‐together party
Company logo visibility at Get‐together party
Advert in printed Symposium proceedings (one page, first part of book)
One bag insert
One participant/company with 50% discount of registration fee


4. Half‐page advert in printed Symposium programme, 800€

(organiser decides on advert placement)


5. Company logo on NBC 2018 memory stick, 1000€


6. Bag insert, 300€

(others than sponsors, advertisers and exhibitors)