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Uniting the global community of special operations forces

Global SOF 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 are proud to welcome international military and government attendees from Australia, Georgia, Germany, Jamaica, Jordan, Hungary, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and more!

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.


Watch highlights from the 2019 event in Brussels.

Previous exhibitors

Previous exhibitors

Previous speakers

Previous speakers

Audience Profile

Audience Profile

Who countries are attending?

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 2021 event in Warsaw, we are pleased to welcome international delegates from the following countries: 

  • Austria
  • Belgium 
  • Canada 
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland 
  • France
  • Georgia 
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America  

Please check back for an updated list. 

What can you expect?

Take a look at the video below for a teaser on what to expect at GSOF Symposium Europe 2021. For more information, click here.

Want to join us? Register your place to attend the event on 26-28 October in Warsaw, Poland.
 

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 2021 event in Warsaw, we are pleased to welcome international delegates from the following countries: 

  • Austria
  • Belgium 
  • Canada 
  • Denmark
  • Finland 
  • France
  • Georgia 
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America  

Please check back for an updated list. 

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

 

As the event heads to Poland for the first time, find out more about the 2021 venue here.

Future Growth

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