Dear Participants of 8th SISPAT,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you again to Singapore for the 8th Singapore International Symposium on Protection Against Toxic Substances (8th SISPAT). At its conceptualization in 1998, the SISPAT series of conferences was intended as a forum for scientists to address issues related only to toxic chemicals and chemical defense. With the changing threat scenario, SISPAT has evolved to address concerns beyond traditional chemical threats. Entering into its 8th edition, the 8th SISPAT aims to promulgate sharing of protective technologies and measures against chemical, biological and radiological threats.
Over the past 18 years, SISPAT has enjoyed strong support from both local and foreign defense scientists, military personnel, civil first responders and suppliers of NBC defense equipment. A key attraction of the SISPAT series has been the unique intertwining of operational and technical communities at these SISPAT sessions, which allowed for a rich exchange of ideas and knowledge to deal with evolving CBRN challenges in real-world situations. Adopting a similar approach, the 8th SISPAT will be held in-conjunction with NCT CBRNe Asia and NCT eXplosive Asia from 21 – 23 March 2017 to provide an enriching Ops-Tech meeting with international and South East Asian CBRNe specialists.
Last but not least, international cooperation is essential to promote and preserve our security against transnational CBRN threats as no single country can solve such problems by themselves. Hence, the theme for the 8th SISPAT “Staying One Step Ahead of Evolving CBRN Threats through International Cooperation” underscores the importance of continuing this fine tradition of information sharing, scientific exchange and close-knit interactions between Ops-Tech communities at SISPAT meetings to counter such asymmetric threats. I look forward to your participation in 8th SISPAT and wish you a memorable stay in Singapore come March 2017.
Dr. LOKE Weng Keong
Chairman, 8th SISPAT
DSO National Laboratories