Become a Speaker at UDT 2023

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Share your expertise with the undersea defence community

As UDT covers all aspects of the Undersea Defence and Security domain, we are inviting all experts in this field to lead the debate in this space.

Authors are encouraged to submit papers for UDT 2023 that advance the understanding of the conference theme “Maintaining the operational advantage with increased Maritime domain awareness”. Selected papers will be organised around the six conference pillars and will be spread across three days.


Submission deadline: Monday 28 November 2022

What are the submission requirements? Find out here.

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What is the conference theme?

Maintaining the operational advantage with increased Maritime domain awareness

The event's upcoming edition will explore the above-mentioned conference theme which is a key aspect of underwater defence and security that is rarely discussed but is of increasing importance in the near future.

Given that UDT covers all aspects of Undersea Defence, we seek to lead the scientific and technological debate in this space. Authors are encouraged to submit papers for UDT 2023 that advance the understanding of those engaged in the underwater defence and security community in its broadest sense.

Papers that explore the conference theme “Maintaining the operational advantage with increased Maritime domain awareness” will be particularly welcomed. This extension covers how broader ISR in the Maritime domain can support underwater operations such as coastal surveillance, space surveillance, shipping and pattern of life monitoring, and how open-source intelligence can be utilised to achieve operational advantage against an adversary in one of the harshest environments.

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The Undersea Challenge

Rapid advances in digital and autonomous technology incl. advanced sensing and computing herald a new era in the underwater domain. New levels of Maritime domain awareness are required to ensure a measured, appropriate, and timely response to increasing threats, including from lightweight weapons, un-crewed systems, and more advanced surveillance abilities which are causing this domain to change at pace.

The conference will be organised around the following pillars: 

  • Platform Design
  • Sensors & Processing
  • Weapons & Countermeasures
  • Uncrewed, Remotely Piloted, and Autonomous Systems
  • Operational Drivers and Imperatives
  • Big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning


Application requirements >

Application requirements >

Ahead of each event, the UDT technical planning committee welcomes papers and panel proposal abstracts exploring these themes from military, civil, academia, and government personnel.

Authors are required to identify which of the conference pillars their paper addresses. These are used to help the committee understand the authors' perspective in order to build a coherent agenda.

To submit a paper, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Abstract title
  • Paper summary
  • Top takeaway points for audience members
  • Speaker biography 

Are you looking to stand out from the crowd? Download our top tips for writing a strong topic title.

The Chatham House Rule

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."

The Chatham House Rule is not in effect by default. Speakers retain the right, however, to invoke it at the beginning of their presentation whereupon it will last for the duration of that presentation only.

At no point is recording equipment of any kind permitted to be used in any conference room. This includes filming and audio recording. Photos are permitted provided there is no flash.

Graduate engagement

UDT is seeking to encourage postgraduate researchers and junior professionals in the military and industry to be a part of our upcoming event in Rostock. We are actively working with universities and agencies to encourage those starting out their engagement with the underwater defence community to join our global community.

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