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Uniting the global community of special operations forces

GSOF Symposium Europe is an annual symposium and exhibition which brings the Special Operations Forces (SOF) audience together to network, explore topical developments and do business. We were are proud to welcome international military and government attendees from Australia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and other countries.The Global SOF Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to build and grow an international network of military, government, commercial, and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships to confront global and networked threats. It hosts a series of US-based events, and launched its European Symposium in 2016.

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Exclusive invite by the Hungarian MOD for our 2022 event

On behalf of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Minister of Defence, Hungary and Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, Commander of Hungarian Defence Forces, sent a special message for all GSOF Symposium 2022 attendees.

To view the official invite, please click on the below button.

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2022 Exhibitors

2022 Exhibitors

Previous Speakers

Previous Speakers

Audience Profile

Audience Profile

Which countries attended in 2022?

Alongside a three-day educational programme featuring many world-leading speakers from the special forces sector, the event welcomes a varied selection of industry exhibitors. For the 2022 event in Budapest, Hungary we welcomed international delegates (not limited to) from the following countries: 

Australia

Germany

Slovakia

Austria

Greece 

Slovenia

Belgium

Hungary

Spain

Canada

Ireland

Sweden

Czech Republic

Israel

The Netherlands

Denmark

Italy

UK

Estonia

Norway

Ukraine

France

Poland

USA

Georgia Romania    

2019 highlights from Brussels

 

 

Previous locations

Each year, the event moves to a different European location to maximise engagement with local special operations forces, wider military and government personnel.

  • 2016: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2017: Bucharest, Romania
  • 2018 Madrid, Spain
  • 2019: Brussels, Belgium
  • 2021: Warsaw, Poland
  • 2022: Budapest, Hungary

For 2023, the event will be heading to Brno, Czech Republic.

 

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“GSOF Symposium Europe in Budapest was a fantastic event and a phenomenal experience for me. I learned much about SOF and participated in very interesting discussions and keynotes. So would like to say thank the Clarion and the Global SOF Foundation team. Being in a group of media partners at this event was a great honor and pleasure for our web service.”

- Lukasz Prus | General Director - Defence Industry Europe | Media Partner

Future Growth

Clarion Events Ltd’s Defence and Security division has been selected by the Global Special Operations Forces Foundation (GSF) to coordinate and deliver its European based event from 2021.

With a proven track record of growing association-owned events, Clarion will aim to add value for exhibitors, sponsors and delegates alike to attract a wider audience of special operations stakeholders to the show.