Improved Explosives and Munitions Risk Management

msiac-workshop-location-icon Granada, Spain
msiac-workshop-calendar-icon 10-09-2018 to 14-09-2018

MSIAC is organizing a workshop to exploit an improved understanding of munitions vulnerability and consequences to deliver improvements in explosives and munitions risk management. The current management of explosives and munitions risks is a broad area covered by many policy documents. These documents are based on a combination of best practice and underpinning technical and scientific knowledge.



The workshop will bring together stakeholders from the Hazard Classification (HC), Insensitive Munitions (IM), and explosives storage safety communities to develop a coordinated and optimised approach to managing explosives and munitions risk. A secondary aim of the workshop is to initiate changes that will help realise the benefits of IM, particularly during transportation and storage to improve safety and help safeguard military capability in hazardous operating environments. The workshop will seek to achieve the following goals:

  • Develop improved methods for explosives and munitions risk management
    • Exploit results from small- and full-scale testing
    • Manage risk with sufficient detail and granularity
    • Realize benefits of IM
    • Efficiently manage munitions presenting greatest hazard
  • Support the IM and HC harmonization initiative
    • Identify how response descriptors can be introduced in HC testing
    • Identify whether there’s a need for revised definition of Hazard Divisions (HD) and Storage (sub) Divisions (SsD)
  • Recommend improved methods for explosives and munitions safety risk standards
    • Ensuring they reflect the changing nature of the munitions stockpile
    • Balancing complexity versus ease of user application

The workshop structure is presented in the figure below.  It contains various plenary and parallel sessions to optimize the exchange of information.

The topics shown in the figure are described in the following paper which is also presented at the International Explosives Safety Seminar 2018 in San Diego.

Call for papers

News: Abstract deadline extended to 30 April 2018 For the workshop to run smoothly we require participation from attendees through the exchange of information, including presentation of material, discussions, and literature of relevance to the risk management of explosives and munitions. We encourage those who are interested in attending to submit abstracts for presentation as soon as possible. Please submit your abstract using the online abstract form (above). Having abstracts prior to the registration process allow us to populate the plenary and focus area discussion groups with presentations and participants. The abstract submission form will be open for a limited time but do contact us if you are waiting on clearance for your material. Paper submissions with an associated presentation are preferred, but presentations without papers are also acceptable.  All papers and presentations must be releasable to MSIAC member nations. Appropriate markings (as per the MSIAC Security Instructions): Papers that are open for public releases (have unlimited distribution) do not need to be marked with any specific statement.  Papers limited to MSIAC member nations only should be marked - MSIAC Limited.  Classified documents should be released through your  MSIAC National Focal Point Officer or service Focal Point Officer to ensure that the appropriate NATO classification statement is clearly indicated. National points of contact are listed here. We will inform those whose abstracts have been selected for inclusion in the workshop by 30 April 2018. Please remember that the submission of an abstract and registration are two separate processes and have separate forms for completion. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions by sending an email to



The registration for the workshop is now open. Please fill out the registration form below. We recommend to first submit an abstract (see above). We encourage representation from all MSIAC member nations, but the workshop will be limited to 65 participants. In the event of oversubscription, MSIAC will work with the National Focal Point Officer(s) from the nations to balance participation. This unclassified workshop is open at no cost to government, industry and academia representatives from all MSIAC member nations.



Location The workshop will be held at the Granada Conference Center. Travel Airlines that operate to and from the Granada Airport (GRX) are: Air Nostrum Air Europa BA CityFlyer EasyJet Iberia Vueling Airlines Accomodation Granada has many hotels to offer. For your convenience, we have arranged block booked rooms covering the period from 09.09.2018 to 14.09.17 at some of the hotels listed below. These hotels are close the venue and a specific rate has been negotiated. Please note that some tax and/or hotel fee may need to be added.

I. Hotel Saray****

Ps Enrique Tierno Galván 4, 18006 Granada, Sapin

  • Located at less then 100m on foot from the conference center
  • Guest rooms: 19 rooms per night available for booking!
    • Twin/double room, buffet breakfast included at 125€ (tax included) per night
    • Single room, buffet breakfast included at 115€ (tax included) per night
  • Booking: contact Esteban Montemarani at Hotel Saray
    • Email:
    • Tel: 0034.958.050.424
    • Credit card details required to guarantee booking
    • Quote "Workshop NATO-MSIAC"
  • Cut off date: 25 July 2018

II. Senator Granada Spa Hotel****

Paseo Violón, S/N, 18006 Granada, Spain

  • Located at +/- 450m on foot from the conference cente
  • Guest Rooms: 15 rooms per night available for booking
    • Rates for 2 nights or more:
      • Double single: price net 55€ + VAT 10% per night
      • Double room: price net 65€ + VAT 10% per night
    • Rates minimum 1 night:
      • Double single: price net 65€ + VAT 10% per night
      • Double room: price net 75€ + VAT 10% per night
    • Breakfast supplement per person per day: 11€ + VAT 10%
  • Booking:
    • Tel: 0034 902 533 532, indicate Group Dept. (option 2 on Answering Machine)
    • Contact person: Vanessa Molina, Katherine Carrero or Estefania Perez
    • Email: or or
    • Quote reservation for PCGR Conference, REF: QBD2
    • In case of reservation, they require:
      • Name of the residents.
      • Dates.
      • A contact telephone number.
      • fax or e-mail to send the booking confirmation.
      • A credit card to guarantee the reservation. You must make payment of the 1st night with credit card (VISA OR MASTER CARD) through the Secure platform which would send the booking confirmation. The rest of payment directly at the hotel. You may cancel your reservation without charge until 72 hours before arrival. With further cancellations and no-shows will be charged the hotel 1 night as cancellation charges.
  • Cut off date: 25 July 2018

III. Hotel Monastério de Los Basilios*** (part of the Macia hotels)

Paseo de los Basilios, 2, Granada – 18008

  • Located at +/- 1km on foot from the conference center
  • Guest rooms: 10 rooms per night available for booking
    • Double room at 70€ per night
    • Twin room at 90€ per night
  • Booking:
    • Email:
    • Tel: 0034.958.285.806
    • Quote "MSIAC Group"
  • Cut off date: 9 April 2018

IV. Hotel Granada Five Senses*** (part of the Macia hotels)

Calle Gran Via de Colon, 25, Granada, 18001, Spain

  • Located at +/- 1.8km on foot from the conference center
  • Guest rooms: 15 rooms per night available for booking
    • Double room at 78€ per night
    • Twin room at 87€ per night
  • Booking:
    • Email:
    • Tel: 0034.958.285.806
    • Quote "MSIAC Group"
  • Cut off date: 9 April 2018

V. HOTEL Andalucia***

Avda. de América, 3, 18006 – Granada, Spain

  • Located at +/- 700m on foot from the conference center
  • No rate negotiated.
  • Booking:
    • Tel: 0034.958.181.500
  • Email:

Activities Granada is an inspiring location with a number of famous highlights such as the Alhambra, the Old Arab Town, the Capilla Real (Royal Chapel), and the Catedral Santa María de la Encarnación. Some activities are planned and will soon be listed here.



Abstracts, reports and any other information will be shared through the MSIAC secure website. At this stage a white paper about the workshop is available. Links to additional references will soon be given here.