In view of the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid this June, the Elcano Royal Institute hosts a public roundtable with experts on defence innovation to discuss on the implications of the war in Ukraine.

Concretely, this event seeks to assess how the Alliance and its members should respond to emerging and disruptive technologies, while maintaining a military-technological edge.

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has stepped up the need to align efforts with the new strategic and operational realities, showing the importance of the exchange on key issues like innovation policies and hubs for the defence sector. All these issues will be assessed from a NATO, EU and Spanish perspective at this international public seminar.




  • Moritz Zimmermann, Senior Policy Officer, Innovation Unit Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO | @MoritzZimm
  • Juan Manuel González del Campo, General Directorate of Armament and Material, Ministry of Defence of Spain | @Defensagob
  • Lauren M. Speranza, Director of the Transatlantic Defense and Security program, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) | @LaurenSperanza
  • Daniel Fiott, Security and Defence Editor, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) | @DanielFiott
  • Juan Carlos Cortés, Director of Space, Infrastructures and Dual Programs, Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial | @CDTI_innovacion

Moderator: Félix Arteaga, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute.

Hashtag: #InnoDef

  • The event will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation into both languages.
  • Hybrid event. If you are planning to attend in-person, please send RSVP to (on-line attendance does not require registration).
  • Questions from audience can be sent by email to or in Twitter using the event hashtag .

Thursday, 2nd June 2022, from 12:00 to 13:30 h. CEST (UTC+2). Venue: Espacio Bertelsmann, c/ de O’Donnell nº 10, Madrid.

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Image: STEM vehicle of the U.S. Army designed for recruiting civilian scientists (2011). Photo: U.S. Army CCDC (CC BY 2.0).