Skip to main content

Apply to become a speaker

UDT 2024

Innovate, Collaborate, Deliver

In the era of ever-evolving technologies, rapid advancements in automated data analysis and artificial intelligence (AI), quantum technologies and autonomy are reshaping the undersea defence and security landscape. The dynamic undersea environment demands collective co-operative action to drive innovation and secure a competitive advantage. UDT 2025 theme "Innovate, Collaborate, Deliver" embraces the critical need for joint effort in translating these exciting possibilities into tangible solutions. 

UDT 2025, in Oslo Norway, will foster a global exchange of knowledge through collaborative discussions, technical presentations, exploration of international case studies, and the sharing of best joint practices from across industry, academia, research and governments. The conference will equip attendees with the knowledge and connections necessary to transform undersea defence advancements into solutions that ensure operational effectiveness and a secure future. 

Application Requirements  Submit Your Abstract

Abstract submission deadline: Monday 16 September 2024

Submission topics propositions

We seek papers promoting technology and thinking spanning the underwater domain, from across air and space, surface and sub-surface, mobile and static systems (crewed and uncrewed) to Anti-Submarine Warfare, Submarine Warfare, Mine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare (from beneath the sea), Seabed Warfare, Protection of Critical Underwater Infrastructure, Military Diving etc, plus the enabling networks and other infrastructure.  

This is offered as a starting point to spark a vibrant exchange of ideas for UDT 2025. We welcome contributions from all perspectives to enrich the conversation. 

Operational environment

We are seeking technical and scientific papers that explore new ideas and innovations in the understanding of the changing operational environment, including all aspects of underwater warfare: Anti-submarine warfare (submarine, surface and air), Submarine warfare, Mine warfare (including countermeasures, diving, etc.) and Seabed warfare (including the protection of Critical Underwater infrastructure. 

Design, manufacture, use and performance assessment of systems and platforms 

Papers that explore evolving thinking and concepts associated with the design, manufacture, use and performance assessment of systems, including all aspects of Submarine and other underwater vessels design, manufacture and use and underwater mission networks (sensor systems, data processing and analysis, communications methods and network architectures). 

Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS)  

Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) are increasingly capable across the underwater domain. We are looking for academic and technical papers that exploit technology and push the boundaries of capability associated with the design, integration, and operations of unmanned, remotely piloted and autonomous systems (both attack and defensive). We also welcome papers discussing novel operational concepts enabled by MUS developments. 

Weapons, effects and countermeasures  

We also invite scientific and technical papers on submarine, surface, and air-launched weapons, effects and countermeasures designed to operate in the underwater environment, particularly developments in the defeat of difficult targets. 

Multi-disciplinary  and dual use 

In addition, we invite academic, scientific and technical papers that may affect any other area of underwater defence, such as the impacts of climate change, developments in surveillance and analysis of the underwater domain and all areas of military diving including underwater engineering and underwater special operations. 

Advantages of becoming a speaker

  • Showcase your research and innovation
  • A platform to be seen as an industry thought leader
  • Share your insight and raise awareness of the industry challenges
  • Be heard by a broad audience of senior leaders in the government, military and undersea technology community
  • Receive mentorship and guidance from our committee members on your paper
  • Attend the conference for free and network at the exhibition
  • Be in the running to win the Best Paper or Best Presenter awards

UDT 2025 - Speaker

Application process and requirement

Speaker applications will close on Monday 16th September 2024. The technical planning committee will review all submissions and set the UDT 2025 conference agenda. All applicants will be contacted in early October. 


Stage 1
Abstract Proposal

In a clear and concise paragraph, outline the technical challenge you want to address, the methodology for tackling it, key findings you have uncovered and provide a comprehensive summary.  

This initial impression is crucial for grabbing reviewers' attention and ensuring you secure your spot at the conference. 

What do I need to submit:

  • Abstract Title
  • Speaker Details 
  • Abstract
    (250 - 500 words)
  • Key Takeaways
    (3 - 4 bullet-points) 


Stage 2
Draft Submission

If your abstract is accepted, develop it into a detailed paper highlighting your methodology and findings, and their relevance to the field, along with corresponding engaging presentation slides.

Your assigned moderator will review the draft paper and slides for clarity, quality, and engagement before final approval.

What do I need to submit:

  • Draft Technical Paper PDF 
    (2 - 6 Pages)
  • Draft Presentation
    (recommend up to 20 slides)


Stage 3
Final Showcase

After you have reviewed the assigned moderator feedback and incorporated it into your slides and paper, you will then be ready to submit both for final approval by your moderator. 

Your paper will be shared with the conference delegates, and your slides will be used in advance as we prepare for the event. 

What do I need to submit:

  • Final Technical Paper PDF
    (2-6 Pages)
  • Final Presentation
    (recommend up to 20 slides)

Please note: if successful in your submission, your Abstract Title and key takeaways will be used in marketing materials to promote your session at UDT, this includes our agenda. In addition, please ensure you download and read the "Submission Process" document below before applying to speak.

Submit your Abstract Submission Process

The Chatham House Rule

The Chatham House Rule is not in effect by default. Speakers retain the right to invoke it at the beginning of their presentation and 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.