Brussels - 28 October 2011EDA News
The European Defence Conference 2011 (EDC) has recently taken place in Warsaw and provided opportunities for a broad range of discussion on European defence co-operation from the perspective of
research and development. In addition to that, researchers from various EU-countries presented some of their work and ideas for future co-operation. This first edition of the conference,
organized by Fraunhofer INT and WISER Consultancy, gathered some 130 participants and was opened by the Polish Undersecretary for Defence Policy, Mr. Zbigniew Wlosowicz.
Mr. Adam Sowa, EDA’s Deputy Chief Executive and key note speaker, reiterated EDA’s pivotal role in European Defence Cooperation. He spoke on the development of the Agency and its current direction. Ms. Sowa’s speech is available here.
The conference also provided opportunity for debating issues around EDA policy and tools for co-operation in R&T, encouraging participation of the member states currently less involved in defence and SMEs and bridging defence and civil sector research and innovation in Europe. A briefing was given jointly by EDA and ASD on European technology non-dependency and the important work in progress to identify weaknesses in sources of supply for components of military systems. In separate sessions, a series of short presentations were given on research topics completed and planned in an attempt to attract wider collaborative support for the work.