Call for Papers

MAST Northern Coasts 2019 Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Conference organisation – up to 12 workshops

The topics – overview and orientation

The conference covers three geographical areas (The Baltic, The North Atlantic, and the Arctic) subdivided into 4 tracks: Strategy & Policy, Operations, Capability Gaps (MIL–MIL) and Capability Gaps (CIV–MIL).

Themes & Tracks

Potential topics – Baltic Sea

  • Strategic developments and prospects. An overview of the continued importance of the Baltic Sea as a free passage to and from the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The littoral area comprising 10 nations with individual security policies (Russia, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Norway). A strategic political overview.
  • Area surveillance in the Baltic in an area with heavy civilian maritime and air traffic. Increased need for exchange of information about the maritime and air environment – an introduction of aspects and complexities.

Potential topics – Arctic

  • Strategic developments and prospects. An overview of the developing importance of the Arctic Ocean as a trade route.
  • Geopolitical interests and expectations towards a continued peaceful development between the 9 Arctic nations (USA, Canada, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Greenland/Denmark) and China.

Potential topics – North Atlantic

  • North Atlantic strategic developments and prospects.
  • New prospects for increased or reinstated allied, maritime and air interoperability and cooperation, military, Coast Guard and civilian shipping – security and safety aspects.
  • Military and civilian resources for training and exercising, initiatives and priorities. Which nations will lead, who will follow and who could take part in such programmes?

Potential topics – Capability Gaps

  • Multinational, maritime and air operations in the Exclusive Economic Zones in the North Atlantic and the Arctic.
  • Mine Counter Measure Warfare. The Danish containerised concept, experiences and plans for the future.
  • Technological and logistical aspects for Combined and/or Joint Operations in the Arctic maritime areas.
  • The Arctic Ocean, surveillance and reconnaissance including Search & Rescue Ops – becoming an increasing technological challenge?
  • Use of 5th generation fighters in advanced operations involving tactical and operational cooperation between naval, air and land forces.
  • Anti Submarine Warfare – International cooperation within ship building, developments in technology, bi- and multinational training prospects.
  • Submarine Warfare – International cooperation within ship building, developments in technology, bi- and multinational training prospects.
  • Mine Counter Measure Operations, technological innovation and developments for the Brown and Blue Water areas.
  • Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) – status for Maritime and Air Forces in a time with globally scarce resources.
  • The Arctic Ocean, communications capabilities available to maritime and air traffic.
  • MCM ships & equipment in the challenging Baltic maritime environment.
  • Satellite surveillance of vast maritime areas in the Arctic.
  • Scientific Diplomacy in the Arctic – a welcomed challenge?
  • Consequences of climate changes.
  • New ideas on supporting systems such as UUVs, mine hunting technologies, sonar, combat information systems, etc.

Contributions describing new work in MAST’s key domains and topic areas (see chart below) are invited for presentation during this prestigious conference in the internationally renowned MAST (Maritime/Air Systems & Technologies) series between 4–6 September 2019 to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Any Operational and technology-based abstract will be considered within MAST’s broad domains and topic areas.

Paper requirements

Your abstract(s) must:

  1. be in English
  2. be between 150 and 250 words
  3. describe what is new/exclusive/relevant about the final paper e.g. in terms of innovation/strategic relevance/interest to MAST’s senior-level global maritime security and defence audience

Commercial presentations will be given in the trade-show area (request details on Product Briefings from Warren Edge – [email protected]).

You should define the paper as operational or technical and distinguish between practical, simulated, and theoretical results. You must submitt no later than Wednesday 26 June 2019.

Where appropriate, clearance from your organisation or relevant national authority should be sought, but is not necessary at the time of submission.

Next step: Use the form on this page to submit your abstract

Instructions for submissions

On the Abstract Submission form, you should:

  1. Choose Domain
    Select which maritime security/defence domain your abstract best fits i.e. that which best defines the predominant domain in which your ideal audience is active. Options are: Air & Space; Surface; Undersea; Cyberspace. Example 1: your paper discusses ASW from a frigate perspective – select “Surface”. Example 2: your paper concerns use of satellites for surface ship surveillance – select “Air & Space”.
  2. Select Topic area e.g. Operations & Capabilities
  3. Select Sub-topic category e.g. Missile defence
  4. Cut-and-paste your abstract text into the form.

Repeat these steps for subsequent submissions. You will receive an email confirmation for each submission.

You will be notified of the committee’s decision to accept or reject your paper, by the conference secretariat. Sub-committee Chairmen and Topic Managers make the final decision of where to allocate your paper (if accepted).

For conference admin enquiries, contact Eike Eickhoff, [email protected].

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Please contact us if you have any questions about upcoming events, or need to discuss any papers you have submitted.