Cranfield University’s symposium on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) brings together academia, CVE practitioners, military, government and those from the private sector in order to exchange their knowledge and experiences, and to challenge current thinking and policies in CVE. It takes place on 22-23 October 2019 at the Defence Academy of the UK.

A little over a year on from the UK Government’s re-affirmation of its CONTEST strategy in June 2018, this symposium seeks to explore how the PREVENT strand is working in the UK and overseas. This includes the combination of community engagement measures, Channel Programme and support to civil society particularly through activities online and via social media. In order to illustrate the challenge the theme for the symposium focuses on the role and impact of social media, cyber security and society. It also covers the topics of: lack of Integration in communities and the impact on social cohesion; gangs as a recruitment ground for extremism and radicalisation; exporting skills and knowledge from the Middle East; information operations and social media; and the far right.

Dr Aitana Radu and Ms Giulia De Vita from the University of Malta will represent the ARMOUR project briefing the audience on their experience within the first research tasks taking place April-June 2019. They will present the project and some of the findings so far as part of their presentation on 'Prevention of Radicalization Among Young People: Building on Best Practices to Design a Multi-Stakeholder Approach in Malta'.

More information about the event can be found at: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/events/symposia/cve