Top Euro-Mediterranean/MENA defence think-tank leader to chair MAST Toulon 2021

Mon 28 Jun 2021 @ 13:40

Pascal Ausseur

Vice-Admiral Pascal Ausseur – Director General of Institut FMES (Fondation méditerranéenne d’études stratégiques*) has taken chairmanship for MAST 2021 (Toulon, 26th to 28th October 2021).

Prior to this role, VADM Ausseur held operational positions on surface ships, notably within French Aircraft Carrier Group – three times as commanding officer (including air defense destroyer [DDGH] Jean Bart).

He has also been heavily involved in political-military and international affairs at a strategic level and was twice assigned at the Private Office of the French Minister of Defense (as head of the international “Western World and Asia” office and also, chief of the military Private Office).

He has been responsible for defense industry cooperation and export for Asia and Pacific at the DGA (Defense procurement and technology agency).

Finally, he was Maritime Prefect for the Manche and North Sea, acting for the French government and commanding the military forces in this area.

* FMES is a centre for training, consulting, research and debate in the fields of defense, management of risks, security and intelligence strategy in the Euro-Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and African spaces.


GICAN confirms support for MAST in Toulon

Mon 28 Jun 2021 @ 13:38


GICAN (Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activités Navales), well known – amongst its other activities – for the biennial Euronavale event in Paris, has confirmed support for MAST’s return to France.

GICAN is assisting plans to ensure international delegates and visitors will see the very best French defence industry players, notably as plans for the Next Generation Aircraft Carrier progress.


Covid measures for MAST in Toulon

Mon 28 Jun 2021 @ 13:37

All MAST 2021 participants should take note that (in line with the commonly accepted international travel requirements) a certificate of full vaccination (Astra Zeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Modena, or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) or proof of a negative PCR test (maximum 72 hours prior to arrival) will be mandatory to join this event.

Social distancing measures will be in place in all conference rooms, and face-masks should be worn whilst transiting through the venue areas.


Conference Call for MAST 2021 papers – submit your abstract(s) NOW!

Mon 28 Jun 2021 @ 13:34

Anyone hoping to present a paper in the MAST 2021 conference must upload their abstract within the next six weeks to be given priority consideration for inclusion in the conference programme.

Late submissions will still be considered, but as limited presentation slots may be available, please take the time to submit before the summer season – the MAST committee is waiting!