The Collaboration Support Office - CSO

Dr René LaRose, Director, Collaboration Support OfficeThe Collaboration Support Office (CSO) supports the Collaborative business model whereby NATO Nations and partner Nations contribute their national resources to define, conduct and promote cooperative research and information exchange.

Technical Panels, Group and Committee

AVT Applied Vehicle Technology Panel
HFM  Human Factors and Medicine Panel
IST  Information Systems Technology Panel 
SAS  System Analysis and Studies Panel
SCI Systems Concepts and Integration Panel
SET Sensors and Electronics Technology Panel
NMSG  NATO Modelling and Simulation Group
IMC  Information Management Committee

The total spectrum of this collaborative effort is addressed by six Technical Panels who manage a wide range of scientific research activities, a Group specialising in modelling and simulation, plus a Committee dedicated to supporting the information management needs of the organisation.

These Panels and Group are the power-house of the collaborative model and are made up of national representatives as well as recognised world-class scientists, engineers and information specialists. In addition to providing critical technical oversight, they also provide a communication link to military users and other NATO bodies.

The scientific and technological work is carried out by Technical Teams, created under one or more of these eight bodies, for specific research activities which have a defined duration. These research activities can take a variety of forms, including Task Groups, Workshops, Symposia, Specialists’ Meetings, Lecture Series and Technical Courses.

In any given year, there are over 3500 Scientists and Engineers from NATO and its partners working on approximately 140 research activities being conducted by these Technical Teams. In all cases, these activities result in the publication of highly valued scientific literature published by the STO. The results of the this research can also be found in some specific peer-review journals.

An abstract of every publication can be viewed on this site. Depending on their classification, the full text of many of these reports can be downloaded. CD-ROM copies may also be obtained from one of the National Distribution Centres or can be purchased from one of the STO Sales Agencies, details of which can be found on the website.

The STO actively supports NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) and Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) participation. Each year, the STO seeks to increase the number of activities open to PfP and MD Nations, and additionally sponsors specific plenary sessions of Board and Panel meetings for these non-NATO Nations. For example, in the 2011 PoW, approximately 75% of the new activities are open to PfP Nations and 30% are open to MD Nations. The STO also extends opportunities for collaborative research to our Global Partners and has opened approximately 50% of the new 2011 activities to these Nations.

As mentioned before, facilitating the STO’s collaborative effort is the job of the CSO. This small executive office, located near Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine (FRA), has approximately 35 NATO civilian staff, and in addition, 15 military and civilian personnel generously provided by Member Nations, who serve on limited duration rotations. In its role as facilitator, the CSO provides programme management assistance to the STO Panels, serves as an interface between the national scientific and NATO military communities and provides S&T knowledge management through its website and databases.

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  • Calls for Papers

Lecture Series on "Structural Health Monitoring of Military Vehicles" (AVT-220 - 13/07/2015 to 14/07/2015 - Canada)

Specialists Meeting on "Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems" (AVT-230 - 20/04/2015 to 22/04/2015 - Poland)

Symposium on "Test Cell and Controls Instrumentation and EHM Technologies for Military Air, Land and Sea Turbine Engines" (AVT-229 - 20/04/2015 to 23/04/2015 - Poland)

Specialists Meeting on "Technological and Operational Problems Connected with UGV Application for Future Military Operations" (AVT-241 - 20/04/2015 to 22/04/2015 - Poland)

Spring 2015 AVT Panel Meeting Week for AVT Panel Members, Technical Team Members and Invited Guests to Technical Teams and Exploratory Teams  (AVT-35TH - 20/04/2015 to 24/04/2015 - Poland)

Symposium on "Emerging Technological Advances in Tactical Casualty Care " (HFM-249 - 20/04/2015 to 22/04/2015 - Poland)

Lecture Series on "Development of Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Management of Severely Burnt Patients " (HFM-246 - 20/05/2015 to 21/05/2015 - United States)

Lecture Series on "Horizon Scanning and Strategic Futures Analysis " (IST-135 - 01/06/2015 to 02/06/2015 - Turkey)

Symposium on "Information Fusion (Hard and Soft) for ISR" (IST-SET-126 - 04/05/2015 to 05/05/2015 - United States)

Lecture Series on "Horizon Scanning and Strategic Futures Analysis " (IST-135 - 04/06/2015 to 05/06/2015 - Netherlands)

IST 35th Panel Business Meeting  (IST-35PBM - 06/05/2015 to 08/05/2015 - United States)

Lecture Series on "Horizon Scanning and Strategic Futures Analysis " (IST-135 - 08/06/2015 to 09/06/2015 - United Kingdom)

Specialists Meeting on "Defence Implications of Cloud Computing at Tactical Edge " (IST-125 - 11/06/2015 to 12/06/2015 - Turkey)

Lecture Series on "Horizon Scanning and Strategic Futures Analysis " (IST-135 - 11/06/2015 to 12/06/2015 - Canada)

Cyber Attack Detection, Forensics and Attribution for Assessment of Mission Impact  (IST-128 - 15/06/2015 to 17/06/2015 - Turkey)

Visual Analytics for Exploring, Analysing and Understanding Vast, Complex and Dynamic Data  (IST-SAS-139 - 20/04/2015 to 21/04/2015 - Portugal)

Subscription for the NATO Simulation Resource Library (NSRL) Prototype (MSG-NSRL - 01/11/2014 to 30/06/2015 - France)

NMSG 35th Business Meeting - Spring 2015 (MSG-35THBM - 25/05/2015 to 29/05/2015 - Estonia)

Panel Business Meeting, Spring 2015 (SAS-PBM-35 - 22/04/2015 to 24/04/2015 - Portugal)

Lecture Series on "Systems of Systems Engineering for NATO Defence Applications " (SCI-276 - 08/06/2015 to 09/06/2015 - Germany)

SCI-35th PBM, Ottawa, Canada, 11-15 May 2015. (SCI-35TH-PBM - 11/05/2015 to 15/05/2015 - Canada)

Lecture Series on "Systems of Systems Engineering for NATO Defence Applications " (SCI-276 - 11/06/2015 to 12/06/2015 - Bulgaria)

Symposium on "Flight Testing of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)" (SCI-269 - 12/05/2015 to 13/05/2015 - Canada)

35th Panel Business Meeting (SET-35TH PBM - 06/05/2015 to 08/05/2015 - United States)

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