On February 10, 2021, an online meeting was held between representatives of the co-organizers of the International Conference on Advanced Research and Technology for Defence (ARTDef), namely: Armaments Policy Directorate - MoD, Georgi S. Rakovski National Defence College, Military Medical Academy, Vasil Levski National Military University, Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Georgi Benkovski Air Force Academy and Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov Bulgarian Defence Institute. The following decisions were made at the meeting:
- The conference will be held on June 29 and 30, 2021.
- The host of the first conference is Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Varna.
- Participation is free for all participants.
- The working languages of the conference are Bulgarian and English.