GSOF logoJuly 30, 2020

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, GSOF Symposium Europe, organized by Clarion Events on behalf of the Global SOF Foundation, scheduled for October in Warsaw, Poland will no longer take place in 2020. This is a result of the continuing prohibitions and advisories against international travel put into effect by governments around the world and Poland’s introduction of COVID-19 regulations and public health directives. The next edition of GSOF Symposium Europe will be staged 26-28 October 2021 at Marriott Warsaw, Poland.

Stuart Bradin, CEO and President of Global SOF Foundation, said: “Based on health and safety considerations, on-going limitations on large gatherings, and extensive travel restrictions, it is not possible for us to conduct the Symposium as we originally envisioned. We simply cannot convene the international special operations community in a meaningful way in the current environment. We are terribly disappointed, but the health and safety of our attendees, speakers, and partners must take priority.”

Tracy Bebbington, Event Director, Clarion Events Defense and Security, said: “While the decision not to hold GSOF Symposium Europe this year is disappointing for us as organizers, it is a result of factors beyond our control. The 2021 symposium will fulfil our collective desire to execute a world-class event to highlight Poland’s important contributions to European security and the significance of special operations forces globally.

Clarion Events is one of the largest exhibition organizers in the world and holds the safety of all event attendees as its highest priority. As such the company is looking ahead to how physical distancing measures can be incorporated into the planning of all our events in the future and is contributing to broader government and event industry initiatives to support this.”

More information about the event and the plans for 2021 can be found at:

About GSOF Symposium Europe

GSOF Symposium Europe brings together key SOF-focused representatives from the military and government. The event features a progressive conference agenda, accompanied by an exhibition of specialist product and service suppliers. The event is hosted by the Global SOF Foundation, a non-profit based out of the United States. More information:

About Clarion Defense & Security

In a world where business interactions are often fleeting, digital and impersonal, Clarion recognizes the value in bringing people together to share ideas, discuss industry developments and build relationships in targeted and meaningful ways. Around the globe, the 25 events that make up Clarion’s defense and security events portfolio are acknowledged as the premier forums for doing business and networking for future growth. Annually these events bring together some 3,230+ exhibitors and 120,000+ participants in ten countries. More information:

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