The NCT CBRNe Awards are part of Asia’s premier CBRNe event, The Non-Conventional Threat: CBRNe Asia. During the last three years, NCT CBRNe Asia has become the largest and leading forum in the field of CBRN defense in Asia. After successful regional events in Thailand (2012) and Malaysia (2013), NCT CBRNe Asia 2014 came in its third year to the magnificent Koh Pich (Diamond Island) City Hall in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Having taken place from October 14-16 in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) as well as the Cambodian Ministry of Defense and National Defense Authority of Chemical Weapons, NCT CBRNe Asia 2014 welcomed more than 250 visitors from over 30 countries.

NCT CBRNe Awards Gala Dinner

The NCT CBRNe Awards Gala Dinner represented the glamourous highlight of this 3-day event. Therefore the Koh Pich City Hall showed off his outstandingly beautiful site while official government delegations arrived in limousines with police escort before strolling down the red carpet. In front of 150 invited attendees, H.E. General Em Sam An, Secretary of State at the Cambodian Ministry of Interior opened the festive gala together with fireworks, dancers and the two hosts of the evening: Ilja Bonsen (Managing Director, IB Consultancy) and Elsa Schrier (Consultant, IB Consultancy). While the delegations enjoyed a 6 course menu of exquisite Cambodian cuisine and while casting the final votes for the NCT CBRNe Community Award, this year’s winners had been announced in 4 categories:

Handed out by Prof Dr Aung Kyaw Myat, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Myanmar, the NCT CBRNe Innovation Award for the most innovative product went to NBC-Sys’ ‘BioChemGel’, for presenting an outstanding and cost-friendly alternative to the predominant approaches of using liquid-based decontamination techniques for biological and chemical decontamination of infrastructures. Further nominees were CEA’s ‘Biodosi’ air sampler and 908 Devices’ M908 handheld device utilizing high-pressure mass spectrometry for time-critical missions.

The NCT CBRNe Product Award for the best CBRNe solution on the market was won by Camtech’s ‘Camthrex’ biodetection handheld device, for being truly innovative, versatile and end-user friendly, and integrating a large number of application areas. Further nominees were Bluecher’s Saratoga Protective Suits, as well as Irdam’s Military meteorological sensor MAWS6056HCGPS.

For the NCT CBRNe Community Award, the online voting and the live voting during the Gala Dinner knew a very clear winner with over 50% of the total votes: the German Army’s Joint CBRN Defense Command was awarded for being an example of successful and efficient transformation of CBRN defense organization responding to changes in this century’s CBRN threat environment and providing an integrated comprehensive response approach from prevention and training to efficient recovery. Other nominees were again 908 Devices’ M908 handheld device and Prof Dr. Lawrence Roberge from Atlantic International University, USA.

And finally, the NCT CBRNe Capability Award for the country or organization that has improved its capabilities or has had an impact on the capabilities of another country or organization, goes to the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for the worldwide known and numerous capability building programs. Other nominees were the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA), the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), and Interpol.

In cooperation with CBNW Magazine, we sincerely congratulate this year’s winners and wish to thank our jury, consisting of Guy Roberts (Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for WMD Policy at NATO), Lt Gen Ke Da (NDACW, Cambodia), Dr Zalini Yunus (STRIDE, Malaysia), Laurent Olmedo (Program Director Global Security, CEA, France), Lt Col Frank Kaemper (CBRN Defense Desk Officer, Ministry of Defense, Germany), and Dr. Dave Sloggett (CBNW Magazine, UK).

We’re looking forward for new applications for the NCT CBRNe Awards in 2015!