Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


High-level representatives from Ministries of Defence, defence research centres, industry and European institutions and NATO will discuss how emerging and disruptive technologies will impact defence capabilities, as well as how they can be rapidly integrated in Member States armed forces.

Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems are notable examples of disruptive technologies which have been selected for a dedicated discussion. We are convinced that this conference will provide an interesting overview of EDA’s central role in European defence research and the need for the Union to broaden investment in innovative and disruptive technologies to support state-of-the-art defence capabilities. João Gomes Cravinho, Minister of National Defence of Portugal, and Jiří Šedivý, EDA Chief Executive, will deliver opening remarks. The full programme is attached to this email. We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend.


To participate in the seminar you are kindly requested to register via the following link: Registration – R&T Conference (


Registration will close on 1 April 2021. Technical information will be provided afterwards by EDA.


For additional information, please contact the National PoC and/or