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Event - Date, Time & Location

  • Pre-Registration is required if you are an external visitor
  • Exhibition Marquee, Bybrook Road, Porton Science Park

Main Sponsor:

Dstl

Supported by:

Porton Science Park
Porton Biopharma
UKHSA

Event Details

Following in the footsteps of two previous Dstl ‘Searchlight’ SME Showcase Exhibitions held at the Porton Science Park, we are delighted to be returning for a 3rd year in what has become a popular fixture in the Dstl calendar.

Hosting SME, S&T industry and non-traditional Defence suppliers from across the UK, this year’s exhibition is again expected to attract around 70 exhibitors and hundreds of ‘end-user’ staff from Dstl and others based on the Porton Down Campus. Building on its earlier success, the 2024 exhibition returns to the Porton Science Park on Thurs, 11th July 2024 for what is hoped will be an even busier event.

As a platform for promoting technology transfer and innovation, the Dstl Searchlight SME event provides a great opportunity for ‘end-users’ including scientists, technologists, engineers, project managers, Head of Departments and all those involved in the assessment and acquisition of science and technology products and services to network with industry, other Government Departments as well as the chance to meet new suppliers from non-traditional Defence sectors. The Dstl Searchlight initiative aims to attract external companies to potentially join the Dstl supply chain and help deliver the UK’s ambitious science and technology agenda.

The exhibition will therefore be a great opportunity for you to identify potential solutions to ongoing and future challenges that may help reduce costs, improve safety, are faster to supply, are easier to use, can reduce project timescales or promote sustainability

Housed in a purpose-built exhibition marquee in the grounds of Porton Science Park on Bybrook Road, this year’s event will be open between 10.00am – 15.00pm.

In addition to the many exhibits on display, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a series of drop in ‘elevator pitch’ presentations given by a number of the exhibiting companies who plan to highlight their capabilities and briefly explain how they can support key defence programme areas. Each presentation will last just 5 minutes and can be easily accessed throughout the day in a dedicated seated area of the exhibition marquee. The agenda for the ‘elevator pitch’ sessions will be confirmed nearer the event date.

You do not need a formal invite to attend but you should seek line management approval before doing so. You can also pre-register to visit in advance using the form below or just come on the day.

Current Exhibiting Companies

This year’s exhibitors will include the following companies:

If you want to know more about their products and services, you can visit each companies website by using the link below their name. Please note that this list will be constantly updated, so please keep checking back from time to time:

Visitor Pre-Registration

In visiting this event, you have two options – to pre-book your attendance and jump the entrance queues by securing your ‘fast track ticket’ or registering on arrival at the marquee.

If you are an external visitor who does not work for Dstl, UKHSA or Porton Biopharma Ltd you MUST pre-register your intention to visit.

If you would like to pre-register your attendance to the event to receive your ‘fast track’ ticket, please complete the registration form below:

2024 'Searchlight' SME Showcase

  • Please confirm you are an employee of one of the companies on the Porton Down Campus (even if you are normally based elsewhere): *
    Please confirm you are an employee of one of the companies on the Porton Down Campus (even if you are normally based elsewhere):
  • If No, you must pre-register your intention to visit this event.

  • If Yes, you have the option to pre-register your attendance through this form and jump the entrance queues by securing your ‘fast track ticket’ or you can register on arrival at the marquee on the day of the event.

  • Would you be interested in exhibiting at this event? *
    Would you be interested in exhibiting at this event?
  • Please note that this is just an expression of interest and you have not reserved any exhibition space etc. at this stage.

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