The NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (NMSG), together with the NATO Modelling & Simulation Coordination Office (MSCO) will organize the 2018 Annual Symposium from 11 to 12 October 2018 in Ottawa, Canada.

This year's symposium will be on "Multinational Interoperability: Agility for Military Training and Operational Applications, Innovation in Enterprise Level Consortiums and M&S Technology Development".

This symposium will look at developments to help expand NATO's M&S capabilities in order to provide cost-effective and valid simulation tools. A focus will be on understanding the challenges and achievements in forming consortia at enterprise level (industry/science/government) that focus on providing M&S for defence applications. Topics are: Real-World Modelling; M&S as a Service; Composable Simulations; C-2 Simulation Interoperability; Interoperability Verification Testing; and technologies to reduce the cost of simulation event configuration, validation and execution.

An agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), will support the event. Wim Huiskamp, Chief Scientist M&S (TNO, The Netherlands) and Dr Kurtis Simpson, Director of the DRDC Ottawa Research Centre will be co-chairing the conference.

Dr Eric Fournier, Director General for Strategic Decision Support, and Dale Reding, Director General S&T Air Force and Marine, both DRDC, will deliver the national keynotes.

For details contact Illeana Ganz, Assistant - Modelling & Simulation Coordination Office (MSCO) Collaboration Support Office, tel: +33 (0)1 55 61 22 94, illeana.ganz@cso.nato.int