In Industry, Acquisition, & Innovation, COVID-19, EMEA, Events, France, P5

Since the begin­ning of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, the EURONAVAL organ­is­ers have been fight­ing against all odds to main­tain the exhi­bi­tion as a face-to-face event at the Paris-Le Bourget exhi­bi­tion centre. In light of the upsurge in the number of COVID-19 con­t­a­m­i­na­tions in France during the month of September, the gov­ern­ment has issued new health reg­u­la­tions which, in par­tic­u­lar, pro­hib­it events involv­ing more than 1,000 people. Under these con­di­tions, the GICAN and SOGENA have decid­ed to forego the exhi­bi­tion that was to be held at Le Bourget and replace it with a fully dig­i­tal format of the 2020 EURONAVAL edi­tion.

“EURONAVAL-ONLINE will be a new expe­ri­ence, a state­ment for the strong choic­es made by the GICAN, the SOGENA and the entire French Naval indus­try in order to main­tain this show at all costs, at the ser­vice of its part­ners and its cus­tomers. Europe, inno­va­tion, export and resilience will be at the heart of EURONAVAL-ONLINE,” said GICAN President, Hervé Guillou.

“Hervé Guillou and I wanted to main­tain this show because we believe it is absolute­ly essen­tial for our indus­tries and for the eco­nom­ic recov­ery plan, at the French, European and global scale,” said EURONAVAL Managing Director, Hugues d’Argentré.

Digital Version of EURONAVAL

For sev­er­al months now, the organ­is­ers had been antic­i­pat­ing that a cer­tain number of coun­tries would prob­a­bly not be able to send del­e­ga­tions and indus­tri­al­ists to visit the exhi­bi­tion this year because of the global health crisis. They there­fore ini­ti­at­ed, with their part­ner J2C Communication, the cre­ation of a dig­i­tal space to com­ple­ment the face-to-face exhi­bi­tion.

This dig­i­tal space was designed to enable exhibitors to present their prod­ucts and inno­va­tions on dig­i­tal stands. Up until the end of September, the evo­lu­tion of the pan­dem­ic and the imple­men­ta­tion of a strict san­i­tary pro­to­col, in coor­di­na­tion with French gov­ern­ment ser­vices and in par­tic­u­lar the Prefecture, made it pos­si­ble to envis­age hold­ing the trade show.

La ministre des armees, Florence Parly, inaugure le salon Euronaval, au Bourget, France, le 23 octobre 2018

On Wednesday, Sept 23, gov­ern­ment deci­sions on the reduc­tion in capac­i­ty for exhi­bi­tions and the indis­putable obser­va­tion that the COVID-19 epi­dem­ic was on the rise again in the Paris region, made it impos­si­ble to hold a sat­is­fac­to­ry exhi­bi­tion for the 300 exhibitors as well as the 70 offi­cial for­eign del­e­ga­tions who had already expressed inten­tion to con­vene at Paris-Le-Bourget. In this con­text, the choice was made to trans­form the exhi­bi­tion into an entire­ly dig­i­tal event using the plat­form devel­oped by J2C Communication. The 2020 edi­tion of EURONAVAL will there­fore be the dig­i­tal event: EURONAVAL-ONLINE.

Initially devel­oped for offi­cial del­e­ga­tions and vis­i­tors who could not come to Paris-Le-Bourget, EURONAVAL-ONLINE is now open to all vis­i­tors inter­est­ed in naval defence inno­va­tions. From Oct 19 to 25, del­e­ga­tions and vis­i­tors from all over the world will be able to meet the EURONAVAL 2020 exhibitors at the EURONAVAL-ONLINE dig­i­tal exhi­bi­tion. They will be able to visit the stands, organ­ise their B‑to‑B meet­ings by video, follow the speech­es of polit­i­cal and mil­i­tary per­son­al­i­ties and take part in work­shops, con­fer­ences and the­mat­ic round tables.


The EURONAVAL-ONLINE inter­face is as simple and intu­itive as pos­si­ble. Once logged in, vis­i­tors will be given an overview of the exhi­bi­tion, pre­sent­ing all the func­tions and giving access to the dif­fer­ent areas. They can nav­i­gate the site or find the pur­pose of their visit using the search engine. Visitors will also be able to access the “Live” sec­tion of the exhi­bi­tion and the full pro­gramme of offi­cial speech­es, con­fer­ences and work­shops that will take place through­out the week.

Exhibitors have only had a few weeks to famil­iarise them­selves with the tool and cus­tomise their dig­i­tal stands.

Visitors and offi­cial del­e­ga­tions who expressed their inten­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the EURONAVAL-ONLINE exhi­bi­tion have received their secure access. They will be able to visit the exhi­bi­tion from Monday, Oct 19. With EURONAVAL-ONLINE, infor­ma­tion will always be just a few clicks away.

Opening Day

An excep­tion­al open­ing day, Monday Oct 19, from 10.00am with sched­uled inter­ven­tions from:

• Mrs Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces

• Mrs Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister Delegate for Industry

• Mr Denis Robin, Secretary General for the Sea

• Mrs Françoise Dumas, President of the National Assembly defence com­mis­sion

• Mr Christian Cambon, President of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee of the Senate

• Mr Joël Barre, Delegate General for Armaments

• Mr Pierre Vandier, Chief of the Staff of the Navy

• Mr Hervé Guillou, President of the GICAN and EURONAVAL


The Cyber Naval Hub New in 2020

Cybersecurity has become a major chal­lenge for the entire defence sector. In a digi­tised and inter­con­nect­ed world, the cyber threat is increas­ing across the entire civil­ian and mil­i­tary mar­itime domain.

The organ­is­ers of EURONAVAL, in part­ner­ship with CEIS, who spe­cialise in Cyber Defence con­sult­ing, have there­fore decid­ed to create a new space: The Cyber Naval Hub. Workshops and meet­ings on this theme will take place through­out the week. Among the com­pa­nies present, six will unveil their inno­va­tions in the sector.


The SEAnnovation space ded­i­cat­ed to start-ups was launched at EURONAVAL 2018 in part­ner­ship with Starburst. Given the suc­cess of this ini­tia­tive, the organ­is­ers have chosen to renew SEAnnovation for this year’s show. Around 30 start-ups involved in naval tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions will be exhibit­ing in the SEAnnovation space. The trans­for­ma­tion of the exhi­bi­tion to a dig­i­tal edi­tion will allow the start-ups to create their dig­i­tal stands and par­tic­i­pate in the pitch­es and round table ses­sions that will be taking place every day on EURONAVAL-ONLINE.

The Trade Vessel

The Trade Vessel will also be present online to inform and raise aware­ness about pro­fes­sions and train­ing in the marine sector! Free access to live webi­na­rs includ­ing a number of work­shops led by pro­fes­sion­als (trade experts, human resources, indus­tri­al rep­re­sen­ta­tives and train­ing oper­a­tors) will be offered to young people and stu­dents from Oct 20 to 22.

EURONAVAL-ONLINE will also include:

  • Interventions by the Minister for the Armed Forces, the Minister Delegate for Industry, the Secretary General for the Sea, the President of the Defence Committee of the National Assembly, the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Defence and Armed Forces Committee of the Senate, the General Delegate for Armaments, the Chief of Staff of the Navy and the President of the GICAN and EURONAVAL.
  • Thematic and indus­tri­al work­shops broad­cast live and replayed through­out the week of the exhi­bi­tion.
  • Three inter­na­tion­al web-con­fer­ences organ­ised in part­ner­ship with the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) to live and replay.
  • Presentation of the study “World defence ship­build­ing”.
  • Daily B‑to=B busi­ness meet­ings with indus­tri­al­ists and vis­i­tors from all over the world.

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