EXERTER is pleased to invite you to the

EXERTER Conference – Year 4,
topic: “Criminal use of explosives”

You can expect various lectures from stakeholders of the explosives security community, discussing and evaluating this year’s core subject: “CRIMINAL USE OF EXPLOSIVES” from multiple perspectives like research projects, field experiences, manufacturers or from legal and standardizations aspects.


Date: Wednesday, 6th April 2022
Time: 09:00 to 16:00 CET via Webex

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The Conference:

EXERTER is a Security of explosives pan-European network. The network aims at identifying and promoting innovative methodologies, tools and technologies that will offer solutions in the fight against terrorism and serious crime, i.e. enhancing the overall Security of Explosives.


The Agenda (click the link for a pdf)PDF

The Presenters:

The scenario of “Criminal use of Explosives” will be looked at from different perspectives from stakeholders of the explosive’s security community. Experts from different research and police institutions as well as from university and also a manufacturer will give their expertise on how to manage the “Criminal use of Explosives” scenario in connection with the EXERTER domains prevent, detect, mitigate and react.

The conference will start with the presentation of the results of the EXERTER Year 4 National Workshops.
This will be followed by a representative of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, who will give a hazard assessment regarding the misuse of pyrotechnics. This contribution focuses on intentional misuse of pyrotechnic articles, which are for the EU-market CE-marked and tested according to an intended use as declared by the manufacturer. Specific properties of the articles and associated hazards in view of the intended use and - in comparison - the illegal use are presented. Moreover, the basic concepts of the conformity assessment procedures and selected standard requirements for the articles concerned are described.

The testing of Explosive Detection Dogs will be illuminated from a scientific point of view by the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, also member of the EXERTER consortium. The phlegmatization of TATP and HMTD with activated Charcoal as Training Aid for Explosive Detection Dogs will be the core topic of the presentation.

The head of the EOD of the Forensic Institute Zürich will present the technical aspects and contents regarding the modus operandi of recent attacks on ATMs.

This practical perspective from everyday police work is supplemented by the presentation of a manufacturer from Portugal, who is focused on ATM protection. It will be shown, how the criminals are organised, the evolution of ATM attacks will be contrasted with the evolution of ATM protection and the increasing attack violence. And it will be declared, how a single technology effectively responds to all types of attacks and how important an independent certificate with real tests is.

The project XClanLab (Application for mobile devices to identify a Clandestine Laboratory for homemade eXplosives) aims to develop a mobile application (app) for Android and IOS operated devices to empower first responders like members of the uniformed police or the rescue services, to recognise a bomb factory from items they see. The app, originally developed as part of FP7 project EXPEDIA, will be able to recognise typical chemicals as listed in the annexes of Regulation 98/2013, and equipment needed for the synthesis of HME as well as items that are in common use and could be deployed as explosives, like fertilizers or pyrotechnics, while taking pictures or videos from a scene that could be a clandestine lab.

The National Forensic Centre Linköping in cooperation with the National Bomb Data Centre will give an overview of the use of explosives in gang related crimes in Sweden.

Over more than a decade, experts and scientists from TNO, the Netherlands Forensic Institute and the University of Amsterdam have successfully collaborated to develop a forensic toolbox for chemical profiling and forensic attribution of energetic materials. In their presentation, a professor of the University of Amsterdam and a specialist from NFI, will illustrate this approach and its use in criminal investigations with the recent study into the chemical and isotopic profiling of the emerging home-made explosive erythritol tetra-nitrate (ETN).

The Conference will conclude with an outlook for the EXERTER year 5 scenario.


FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency
Department of Weapon Effects and Security of Explosives

SE-164 90 Stockholm



Anneli Ehlerding

Project Manager

Tel : +46 8 555 030 00
Email: anneli.ehlerding@foi.se

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 786805.