International Society of Military Sciences 2020 (ISMS 2020)
The Finnish National Defence University (FNDU) is pleased to host the ISMS Annual Conference 2020. Originally, the conference was scheduled to take place as a traditional “physical conference” at the FNDU campus in Helsinki Finland. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions caused by it, FNDU is offering an alternative format for the ISMS 2020 conference to safeguard participants’ health and to overcome potential travel restrictions that still may be in effect in fall 2020. The initial theme of the conference was “Military Sciences vs. Open Sciences.” It has been amended to consider the impact of the ongoing pandemic. With the original theme, we would like to encourage the participants of the conference to challenge their preconceptions about how, why, on what and for whom we do research on the area of military sciences. The term “Military Science” or “Military Sciences” juxtaposes two worlds. The military world is traditionally based on secrecy and control of information while the scientific world is open for public criticism. The main intention of the “Open Science” movement is to make scientific research—including publications, data, physical samples, software, and dissemination of results—accessible to everybody. Open science encourages sharing knowledge and building new research on previous research regardless of where it has been conducted. Thus, this theme challenges researchers in both the military world and the world of science to learn from the experiences of the other. In addition, the current COVID-19 pandemic has made new demands on Defence Forces—fulfilling ordinary tasks and providing stability and sustainability of modern societies. We can’t avoid touching these issues. Hence, this conference offers also an opportunity to exchange experiences on the best practises for military research and education conducted during a pandemic, and new tasks for defence forces and their partners organizations.