Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) won two awards at the Exhibition News Awards (ENA) for Best Operations Team and Best Feature Area for the Medical Innovation Demonstration delivered in partnership with MOD Defence Medical Services (DMS).

The 10th edition of the ENAs, which took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, acknowledges outstanding achievement across the exhibition industry and has grown into a symbol of company and individual success.

DSEI, the world’s largest integrated defence and security exhibition, took place at ExCeL London in September 2015. The event attracted a record 1,683 exhibitors from 54 countries, 13% more than the previous edition in 2013. Over 34,000 visitors walked through the doors, a 6% increase, while the event welcomed a 61% rise in VIP delegations.

The Medical Innovation Demonstration was organised with a team from DMS’s Medical Directorate and was designed to showcase the innovative techniques and capabilities used to rescue and treat injured servicemen in recent conflict zones, as well as DMS’s leading work on the UK’s response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. The demonstration included a role-play, showing each stage of a patient’s journey from his/her point of wounding on the battlefield, or point of Ebola infection, through to treatment and rehabilitation back in the UK. It featured active military medics and high-tech medical kit currently being used by the military, much of which has been designed by DSEI exhibitors.

The DSEI operations team was responsible for all operational and logistical aspects of the event, a truly impressive feat given DSEI is one of the largest exhibitions in the world, which in 2015 included 8 warships, 6 helicopters and exhibition stands the size of half a football pitch. The team delivered one of the largest catering operations of any event in the UK, serving 2,874 dignitaries and ensured that all contractors and exhibitors could participate safely, along with providing all other vital facilities such as telecommunications.

Exhibition space for DSEI 2017 is already ahead in comparison to DSEI 2015 with 70% already reserved. DSEI 2017 will see the introduction of a Joint Zone encompassing the key joint enablers of medical, unmanned, training, EW and C4ISTAR, as well as an enhanced Air Zone and Security Zone.

Duncan Reid, DSEI Event Director, said: “We are truly honoured to receive these awards, which recognise the continued success and development of DSEI. The Medical Innovation Demonstrations brought to life the true nature of the hostile, often volatile environments which soldiers endure when deployed on operations and highlighted the vital work of military medics. We are also delighted that the outstanding work of the DSEI operations team before, during and after DSEI has been recognised. Their efforts contributed to the delivery of the most successful DSEI to date”.