NATO Information & Communicators' Conference 2019
The 2019 NATO Information & Communicators Conference was held 23-27 September 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. This year’s conference focussed on communications disciplines from NATO’s military structure (Strategic Communications – Public Affairs – Information Operations – Psychological Operations) as well as corporate activities driven by NATO Headquarters.
The theme of the 2019 NATO Information and Communicators’ Conference was "NATO Communications @ 70: Unity of Message and Message of Unity".
The conference was organized to discuss shared objectives and interests. Information disciplines held respective working groups on the first two days of the conference. Attendance at those events was organized by the working group secretariats with attendance guided by NATO's Strategic Communications Policy.
For individuals who were part of an information discipline working group (Military Public Affairs Working Group, Psychological Operations Working Group, Information Operations Working Group) those activities began on Monday 23 September. The Strategic Communications Working Group took place on Wednesday 25 September and was followed by plenary sessions.
Costs associated with the 2019 NICC.
The conference fee was 119 Euros; the Icebreaker 20 Euros; the Night Owl Session 10 Euros; each of the Cultural Event 10 Euros.
The conference Ice breaker was on Wednesday, 25 September 2019, from 19:00 - 21:30.
Night Owl session.
There was a night owl session programmed for Tuesday 24 September 2019. Prominent journalists were present to hold informal, interactive discussions on a range of topics, in a relaxed setting. These discussions included areas not discussed in public forums, with Chatham House rules applied.
There were two cultural events planned for Monday and Tuesday. Monday: Warsaw Uprising Museum. Tuesday: Polish Armed Forces Museum and National Museum.
The Plenary sessions began on 25 September with remarks from the Polish Minister of Defense, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Ambassador Tacan Ildem, the NATO Spokesperson, Ms Oana Lungescu and others.
Workshops and Lectures.
26 September was given over to workshops and guest lecturers. Conference participants had 8 workshops available to them and there were 4 lectures presented by invited guest lecturers. The day was broken into four segments, with each segment featuring four of the eight available workshops. Each workshop ran twice which allowed participants some flexibility in planning which workshops to attend. Over the course of the day, participants were required to attend at least two workshops. Conference attendees were able to book which workshops and lectures to attend via Cvent and the Conference App on a “first come, first served basis” due to room space limitations. The title for the guest lectures were:
Post truth politics.
Centres of power.
Huxley and Orwell.
Communicating Substance in the Insta-World.
A series of senior engagements occurred on 27 September by communicators within and outside of the NATO realm. The conference finished late morning.
Dress for the conference and the social was relaxed business (jacket with open collar shirt for men or skirts, slacks, dresses for women).
The Psychological Operations and the Information Operations Working Groups conducted invite-only discussions on Monday 23 September and Tuesday 24 September.
Points of Contact.
The Allied Command Transformation's Conference "Officer of Primary Responsibility" for this event was Lt Cdr Paul Kempley.