About the event


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.



2022 exhibitors

2022 exhibitors



Audience Profile

Audience Profile

Which countries will attend 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 are expecting to welcome international delegates (not limited to) from the following countries: 

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


Please check back for an updated list. 

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


As the event heads to Budapest, find out more information on the 2022 venue and 'how to get there' here.

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.