San Diego to host Explosives Detection 2009 Symposium and Workshop

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2009 -- Several U.S. Government departments and agencies will sponsor the Explosives Detection 2009 Symposium and Workshop to be held in San Diego, CA, during October 20 - 23. It is part of the United States' continuing effort to enhance security and combat terrorism here, in military operations abroad, and among allied nations.

The international event will provide a venue for U.S. and allied governments, academia and industry to share information, advance technology, develop partnerships, provide first responder training, and demonstrate capabilities in explosives detection. Attendees will include first responders, government sponsors, and policy- and standards-setting organizations from federal, state and local governments, as well as military agencies.

The sponsors are the Department of Defense Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO); the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Department of State; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Transportation Security Administration's Office of Security Technology; and Department of Homeland Security's Directorate for Science and Technology.

The four-day event will bring together a diverse group of scientists, industry professionals, academics, and end-users for discussions and interaction covering a wide range of disciplines within the field of explosives detection. Among attendees and exhibitors will be some of the world's foremost authorities on the science, technology and employment of detection equipment and systems for dealing with explosives used in terrorism and other criminal activities.

Included among training opportunities at the event will be the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Improvised Explosives Familiarization Training Course; Department of Justice certified course on Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings; Department of Homeland Security certified course
on Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombings Incidents; and Department of Homeland Security certified course on Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents.

Individuals interested in attending the Explosives Detection Symposium and Workshop are encouraged to register online at and enter attendee code COM19570. The general attendance fee is $350.

Companies, agencies and other organizations interested in exhibiting are encouraged to apply online at and enter the exhibitor code COM33711. There is an exhibitor fee of $2,500 for a booth space with 2 free conference passes.

Everyone is welcome to register; however, individuals will be vetted before they are approved for attendance and credentials issued. Attendance is at the sole discretion of the CTTSO.