Call for Abstracts is now closed. Notifications have been sent out to all accepted speakers. If you have not received an email notification, please contact Dan Lung at dlung@ndia.org


We invite high-quality professional presentations that reflect the 2018 International Explosives Safety Symposium & Exposition theme of “Explosives Safety and Munitions Risk Management.”



The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is sponsoring a joint industry/government symposium on explosives safety and munitions risk management. 

International and domestic safety professionals from industry, military, government, and academia who are working within the explosives safety community are welcome to attend this forum to share knowledge, align best practices, and find new approaches to advance and communicate technical aspects of explosives throughout the munitions life cycle. 

This UNCLASSIFIED program will feature technical paper presentations providing technology advances from multiple national government services and agencies, international government organizations, private industry, and academia. We are interested in papers related to technologies and approaches for development, implementation, and fielding the needed solutions for the Explosives Safety community. Acceptable papers will include aspects of technology and management related to risks and safety of munitions and explosives capabilities.

Suggested Categories:

  • Explosives Safety Policies and Practices
  • Explosives Safety and Munitions Risk Management (ESMRM)
  • Weapon System Safety and Mishaps
  • Explosives Safety Siting
  • Weapons Disposal
  • Explosion Effects
  • Demil And Disposal
  • Improvised Explosives and Chemical Weapons
  • Munitions
  • Explosives Safety Electrical Standards

A complete list of suggested topics is provided below.

Individuals are required to submit a concise abstract of 5000 characters or less (up to 725 words), no later than May 10, 2018. Authors will be notified whether or not their proposed paper has been accepted for presentation by early June. Please upload your abstract via the NDIA website at the following web link and complete ALL required information. ALL papers will be submitted electronically in accordance with specific instructions included in author notification. Submission website: http://application.ndia.org/abstracts/8651/.

Opportunities for presentations will be expanded to include both oral presentations and participation in a poster session. Poster session participation enables the presenter an opportunity for direct discussion of the subject with attendees. Individuals submitting abstracts are asked to identify if a poster or oral presentation is desired or both a presentation and a poster.

During the submission process, you will be required to include a short 50-word description of your abstract. This will be included in the printed conference program. The concise abstract of 725 words or less will be posted in full on the event website.

Presentations should be in Microsoft PowerPoint Format. Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. Abstracts, papers, and presentations must be UNCLASSIFIED and CLEARED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE. Full, unclassified written papers, cleared for public release, are required in order to present at the symposium.

Each poster presenter will be provided a board which is used to display the poster. The size of the horizontal board is 41” x 92”. Poster presenters must be at their poster during the reception and scheduled breaks. If your abstract is accepted as a poster, more detailed requirements will be provided.


  • Explosives Safety Policies and Practices
    • International Standardization and Cooperation
    • Explosives Safety Program Management
    • Explosives Safety Competency and Training
  • Explosives Safety and Munitions Risk Management (ESMRM)
    • Risk Analysis for Explosives Safety
    • Risk Models
    • Explosives Safety in Contingency and Combat
    • Risk Models Applications
    • Operational Risk Assessments of Munitions/Contingency Applications
  • Weapon System Safety and Mishaps
    • Accident Prevention
    • Accident Investigation and Assessment
  • Explosives Safety Siting
    • Testing
    • Modeling
  • Weapons Disposal

  • Explosion Effects
    • Personnel Protection/Air Blast
    • Debris/Fragments
    • Explosion Hazards Assessment Models
    • Personnel Protection Design Hazards Analyses
    • Thermal Effects
    • Protective Construction
      • Structural Design and Response
      • Structural Design Applications
  • Demil And Disposal

  • Improvised Explosives and Chemical Weapons

  • Munitions
    • Hazards Classification/Insensitive Munitions
    • Small-Scale Testing Applications
    • Qualification/Characterization Key to Explosives Safety
    • Hazards Classification Testing and Models
  • Explosives Safety Electrical Standards
    • Lightning Protection
    • Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO)

For any inquiries regarding the program and call for abstracts, please contact: Dan Lung at dlung@ndia.org.