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Clarion Defence and Security to deliver European special operations forces event


Clarion Events’ Defence and Security division has been selected by the Global Special Operations Forces Foundation (GSF) to coordinate and deliver its European based event from October 2020.

Global SOF Symposium - Europe is an annual conference and exhibition, currently in its fourth edition, which brings the Special Operations Forces audience together to network and do business.

The GSF is a non-profit organisation that aims to build and grow an international network of military, government, commercial, and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships to confront global and networked threats. It hosts a series of events, mainly in the United States, but launched its European Symposium in 2016.

The Global SOF Symposium - Europe will next take place in Brussels on 1-3 October 2019, and Clarion will take over the delivery of the event from 2020 onwards. The first Symposium under Clarion management will be held in Warsaw, Poland. It is aimed at bringing together key representatives from the military and government. Previous events held in Madrid, Bucharest, Vilnius averaged 350 attendees from 24 countries.

Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew from the GSF said: “The successful launch of the European SOF Symposium and the dedicated following that it has already secured, has demonstrated a greater appetite for this event for the future. To be able to grow the event, the Foundation selected Clarion Events as its delivery partner. Clarion’s established reputation within the defence community for executing high quality events will enable us to take this event to the next level.”

Tracy Bebbington, Event Director, Clarion Events said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with such a focused organisation and to enhance our offering to the military audience as we bring the international SOF community together from 2020.”

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