Energetic Materials Technology

The Energetic Materials Technology Working Group (EMTWG) was formed in 2023 as the successor to the Insensitive Munitions Technology Symposium (IMTS) and Insensitive Munitions and Energetic Materials Technology Symposium (IMEMTS). Initial meetings among the joint services in the United States and several European nations occurred in the late 1980s and became the forerunner to the organization of an Insensitive Munitions Technology event. As a result of DoD encouragement, the American Defense Preparedness Association organized the first IMTS event in 1990. In March 1995, the first edition of NATO Standardization Agreement 4439 was released, which established the policy for the development, assessment, and testing of Insensitive Munitions.

In 1997, IMTS first rebranded to the Insensitive Munitions and Energetic Materials (IMEM) Technology Symposium, which remained until 2023. The 2023 rebranding is to signify the inclusion of technologies within the Energetic Materials community and demonstrate dedication to the future of munitions safety and operational effectiveness. The purpose of our working group meeting is to prepare advanced energetic materials & insensitive munitions for high-intensity warfare.

Save the Date


May 13-16, 2024 | The Hub, Oslo, Norway

The next Energetic Materials Technology Working Group Meeting, organized by IMEMG with the support of the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), will be held May 13-16th at The Hub in Oslo, Norway. This meeting will be three days of technical interchange from the forefront of the energetic materials community. For the first time, IMEMG and the NAC have partnered to further EM technologies through collaboration.

Government personnel, defense and private industry members, and academia are all invited to participate. Meeting logistics, registration instructions, and the room block link will be provided on the event website in the coming months.

EMTWG’24 Draft Agenda

We are excited to announce that as of 14 December, 2023, the draft agenda for the upcoming Oslo event is published. Please see event agenda located here

* Draft agenda details are subject to change

Award Nominations

At the ENERGETIC MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP meeting in Oslo, Norway, the MSIAC will present awards for technical and career achievements in munition safety. 

To nominate an individual, please visit: https://www.msiac.nato.int/msiac-munition-safety-award-2024-call-for-nominations/