Who can attend?

International Disaster Response Expo is the only global showcase uniting humanitarian aid and disaster relief communities to debate, innovate and deliver relief to areas affected by crisis and conflicts. International Disaster Response Expo is only open to registered trade visitors and accredited journalists - it is not open to members of the general public.

How can I register for the show?

Registration for 2020 is not open yet. Please register your interest here.

I am a student, am I able to attend the show?

Students on relevant courses of study are welcome to attend but will not be permitted to trade. Students will be asked to show a NUS identity card or equivalent student identity. All students will be required to register for the event via the normal registration process.

*Please note, photography is not permitted at any time.

Can I bring children?

Strictly over 18s only. Anyone over the age of 18 will be required to register for the event via the normal registration process.

Is the show free to attend?

Entry is free to all visitors who register online - entry on the day without a badge is £99.

Can I register on arrival at the show?

Yes, you may register on arrival at the show however there is an ‘on the day’ registration and entry fee of £99 to do so.

When will I receive my Entry badge?

Email: You will receive your entry badge via email. You can print your e-ticket at the end of registration or from the confirmation email once registration is complete. If you are unable to print your ticket, don’t worry – just show us this confirmation email on your mobile device.

Can I edit my registration details?

You can click on ‘edit details’ on the confirmation email after you have registered and this will also take you to your registration details.

Is my registration for the show date specific?

Registration for the show is non-date specific. Once you have registered and have printed your e-ticket entry badge you are able to attend the show on any of the show open days and as many times as you wish.

Where does my visitor e-ticket/entry badge allow me access to?

Your e-ticket/entry badge allows you access to the whole show unless stated otherwise. For example, if your e-ticket/badge states ‘Press’ you will have access to the show Press Lounge.

Your badge permits you access to International Security Expo free of charge.

What if I have forgotten my badge when I arrive at the show?

Registration staff at the main registration desks will be able to find you by company name/surname on our database to print your entry badge. If you can, please provide proof of company name or surname via business card or confirmation email etc. The reprint of an entry badge and entry to the show without proof of identification will be done at the registration staffs discretion.


Venue information, travel and accommodation

Where does the Show take place?

Grand Hall
Olympia Exhibition Centr
Hammersmith Road
W14 8UX


How do I get there?

To find out more about how to get to IDR, please see our dedicated page here.

Where do I park?

Parking spaces at Kensington Olympia are limited so we recommend you pre-book. For more information, click here.

Where can I stay?

Event Express are the official hotel agent for the event and have special rates for attendees. For more information, click here.

Is there free WIFI at the venue?

Visitors - there is free wifi available onsite

Exhibitors - If you need an Internet connection, telephone or ISDN line, laptop or Internet kiosk, please book online at where a discount is available for bookings on-line. For any questions or queries please contact:

Event IT specialists
Tel: +44 (0) 207 370 8400
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What date/time does the show open?

Day One - Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Exhibition & Conferences 09.00 – 17.00
Networking Drinks Reception 17.00 – 19.30 (Last entrance at 18.30)


Day Two - Wednesday 4th December 2019
Exhibition & Conferences 09.00 – 16.30 (Last entrance at 16.00)

Is there a cloakroom?

Yes, there are cloakrooms available near the main entrance. Prices start at £1.00 per item. Items are left at your own risk. Large cases accepted within reason.

How do I find my way around the show once I have arrived?

On arrival to the show, show guides with floor plans will be available to collect at the entrance. Unfortunately, floor plans are not available prior to the show opening.

Is there an ATM?

A free ATM is located opposite Kensington (Olympia) Station, on Olympia Way. There are also ATMs available in the main foyer entrances of all the halls.

Are there disabled facilities at the venue?

Yes, details of disabled access and facilities can be found here.

Where can I eat/drink?

For a hand-picked selection of the best cafés, restaurants and bars in Olympia and around the area, click here.


Information about exhibitors

Who will be exhibiting/How many exhibitors will there be?

IDR will preview 100+ exhibitors showcasing the latest international specialist equipment, technologies and solutions critical to emergency aid.

Can my company exhibit?

If you are interested in exhibiting at IDR

Alternatively you can contact our sales team via the below details:

Oliver Sales
Sales Manager
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T: +44 (0) 20 8947 9177


International Disaster Response Summit and Seminar information

What are the IDR Summit and Seminars?

The International Disaster Response Summit and Seminar Theatre are both free to attend.

International Disaster Response Summit is by application only. It is strictly tailored for senior industry professionals. Please register your interest by completing your registration. Please click here.

We will review your application and you will be informed by email whether you have been accepted.

The International Disaster Response Seminar Theatre is first come first serve basis. No application is needed.

What can I expect from seminars, will they improve my business knowledge?

Yes. There are a huge variety of seminars, inspirational keynotes and interviews during the show, all of which are free to attend for visitors.

*Please note that these times may be subject to change.

Are the IDR Summit and Seminars free to attend?

Yes, both are free to attend.

Are the IDR Summit and seminars ticketed?

No, our seminars are run on a first come, first served basis. All we advise is to arrive at the seminar plenty of time before the start time to avoid disappointment.

IDR Summit is by application only.


International information

Do I need a visa?

Not sure if you need a visa to visit the UK? To take a look at the UK Border Agency information page, click here

I require an invitation letter to assist with my visa application. How do I apply?

Unfortunately, we cannot issue personal/individual letters of invitation for visa purposes. Once you have registered via the show website you will receive a confirmation email which should be sufficient for visa application.