The 2019 NATO Information & Communicators Conference will be held 23-27 September 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. This year’s conference will focus 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 is "NATO Communications @ 70: Unity of Message and Message of Unity".
The conference will be organized to discuss shared objectives and interests. Information disciplines will hold respective working groups on the first two days of the conference. Attendance at those events will be organized by the working group secretariats with attendance guided by NATO's Strategic Communications Policy.
For individuals who are part of an information discipline working group (Military Public Affairs Working Group, Psychological Operations Working Group, Information Operations Working Group) those activities will begin on Monday 23 September. The Strategic Communications Working Group will take place on Wednesday 25 September and will be followed by plenary sessions. Should any working group require additional time to address discipline-relevant issues, there will be space available at the hotel following the NICC conclusion on 27 September, 11:00 - 17:00.
On-line registration for the conference is available here, and will be accompanied by a Conference App for smartphone/tablet devices. Participants are asked to register no later than 01 August 2019, to allow all logistical support arrangements to be finalised. On arrival in Warsaw, conference registration will take place in the hotel lobby with the following schedule:
- 16:00 - 21:30 on Sunday 22 September 2019;
- 07:00 - 11:00 on Monday, 23 September 2019;
- 09:00 - 12:00 on Tuesday, 24 September 2019;
- 07:00 - 12:00 on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.
On 26 September, the day will be broken into four segments, with each segment featuring four workshops and one lecture. Over the course of the day, participants are requested to attend at least two workshops. An Icebreaker will be held on the evening of 26 September.
Arrangements have been made for with 2 hotels within Warsaw, both with preferred rate reservations. The hotels are 25 minutes away from the airport, a 5 minute walk from the city’s central station and their city centre location means that there are numerous restaurants and bars within walking distance.
Rooms have been blocked for conference participants on a strict ‘first come, first served’ basis until 01 September 2019. Should participants choose a different hotel, please be aware that no transportation will be provided for travel between hotels and the conference venue.
Costs associated with the 2019 NICC.
The conference fee is 119 Euros.
The hotel cost per night including breakfast is 117 Euros per night (including tax) until 1 July 19. This will be under the NATO per diem rate for Poland. Thereafter the cost will rise to 134 Euros (including tax). This will be above the NATO per diem for Poland.
The Icebreaker is 20 Euros.
The Night Owl Session is 10 Euros.
Each of the Cultural Event is 10 Euros.
Conference participants will be required to make their own arrangements for travel from/to the airport. The Hotel is approximately 9 kilometres and 25 minutes away from the airport. Taxi fares between the Hotel and the airport are approximately 50 Zloty (Zl).
The conference Ice breaker will be on Wednesday, 25 September 2019, from 19:00 - 21:30. Please indicate your intention to attend the Ice Breaker during your registration for the Conference; payment will be required at time of booking via the CVENT registration.
Night Owl session.
There will be a night owl session programmed for Tuesday 24 September 2019. Prominent journalists will be present to hold informal, interactive discussions on a range of topics, in a relaxed setting. It is expected that these discussions will include areas not discussed in public forums and therefore it is not a session to miss. Chatham House rules apply.
There are two cultural events planned for Monday and Tuesday. Monday: Warsaw Uprising Museum, no limitation on the number of participants. Tuesday: Polish Armed Forces Museum and National Museum. The visit to the Armed Forces Museum is limited to 35 participants. Payment will be required at time of booking via the CVENT registration.
The Plenary sessions will begin 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. There will also be an Ice breaker at the hotel on the same evening.
Workshops and Lectures.
26 September will be given over to workshops and guest lecturers. Conference participants will have 8 workshops available to them and there will 4 lectures presented by invited guest lecturers. The day will be broken into four segments, with each segment featuring four of the eight available workshops. Each workshop will run twice which will allow participants some flexibility in planning which workshops to attend. Over the course of the day, participants are required to attend at least two workshops. Conference attendees will be 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 will be:
Post truth politics.
Centres of power.
Huxley and Orwell.
Communicating Substance in the Insta-World.
A series of senior engagements will occur on 27 September by communicators within and outside of the NATO realm. The conference will finish late morning.
Dress for the conference and the social will be relaxed business (jacket with open collar shirt for men or skirts, slacks, dresses for women).
The Psychological Operations and the Information Operations Working Groups will conduct classified discussions at the Polish MoD Class II areas on Monday 23 September and Tuesday 24 September.
Points of Contact.