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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (17/01/2018)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: 7th International Conference on Sensor Networks – SENSORNETS 2018 22-24 January 2018, Madeira, Portugal International Cybersecurity Forum 2018 23-24 January 2018, Lille, France 10th Conference on European Space Policy 23-24 January 2018, Brussels, Belgium CPDP-2018-The Internet of Bodies…

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