The biennial defence and security event, DSEI, will proceed as planned in September 2021 with a new digital offering running alongside the live exhibition.

Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) has confirmed it will take place as originally scheduled from September 14-17 at ExCeL London. The decision to proceed follows close consultation and discussion with the UK Government and industry stakeholders.

After a lengthy global shutdown of the exhibition sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, feedback from across the defence and security industry has shown a strong appetite to come back together in person at DSEI. A range of new online opportunities to complement the live event will be introduced, including DSEI Connect, a digital platform that will bring participants from around the world together with those attending the event in London to create a flexible and accessible “hybrid” format.

The new digital offering gives registered participants a secure and regulated platform to build relationships, share knowledge and develop business. DSEI’s connection portal, MeetMe, will enable users to view recommended contacts through its supply chain listings, identify networking opportunities and arrange secure online or in-person meetings at the event.

Grant Bugham, event director of DSEI, explained: The DSEI team has been in constant communication with our customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision to run a live event reflects their feedback. We’ve taken into account the increasing confidence in the improving public health situation and we’ll continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we deliver a safe and valuable event for our customers.

“DSEI has been shown to accelerate the trajectory of businesses that attend. The last year has encouraged us to think more imaginatively about our long-term offering to the defence and security sector and analyse what makes DSEI so important for the industry. As such DSEI will now provide a wider range of opportunities for those who don’t normally – or this time cannot – attend in-person, and we are pleased to take this opportunity to introduce DSEI Connect to the market”.

The show team is working very closely with all stakeholders and the venue to deliver DSEI 2021. Using the latest industry guidelines – All Secure – a full plan is being mapped out in accordance with Government requirements. With large events anticipated to reopen post June 21,  DSEI’s plans will be updated as and when more guidance is available.


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