Submissions for 2018 are now closed

Presenters or organisations are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.  All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Presentations will be selected that provide a program offering a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference topics.

In order to submit your abstract we require:

  1. Create a login with your contact details
  2. A title for your presentation
  3. Select the topic/subject your presentation best fits into.  If there is not a particular topic that suits you can submit in open.
  4. Your bio
  5. Details of any co-authors/presenters and their bio.
  6. Your 300 abstract / description of presentation
  7. Accept terms and conditions

There are 3 options for presentations which you can select in the online submission form:

  1. 30-minute oral presentation
  2. Panel presentation
  3. Poster presentation

Please see below for more information.

*Note: All presenters are required to pay a discounted fee to attend.


  • Abstracts Open: September 2017
  • Abstracts Close: 11 February 2018
  • Notification to Authors: Monday 19 February 2018
  • Author Acceptances Due: Friday 2 March 2018
  • Draft Program Available: Monday 5 March 2018
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: Friday 6 April 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Closes: Monday 9 April 2018

Conference Topics include:

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

  • As a business strategy in disaster and emergency management
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Corporate resilience

Leadership During Emergencies, Crisis Management

  • Logistic and operation management, decision making
  • Community leaders and engagement; rural, remote and urban
  • Communication strategies, social cohesion
  • Social media management, online communities, use of technology in damage assessment
  • Disaster mitigation, response and recovery

Lessons Learned

  • First responders account and learnings
  • Strategic planning – what worked/what didn’t
  • Practical perspective and experience of disasters and emergency situations
  • New learnings from recent disasters and emergencies
  • Enhancing resilience through understanding


  • Relief recovery, assistance and aid
  • Human and social recovery
  • Logistical management

Volunteer Management

  • Volunteer relationships and engaging with volunteers
  • Recruitment and training
  • Leaving a volunteer organisation

Public/ Private Partnership

  • Agency and inter agency collaboration
  • Critical infrastructure preparedness
  • State and federal government collaboration
  • MOUs
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Business continuity

Evidence Based Research

  • Predicting emergencies, assessments
  • Global and national trends in managing disasters
  • Future planning
  • Community resilience

Support and Wellness

  • Professional self-care
  • PTSD
  • Mental health first aid
  • Personal Experiences
  • Peer support


  • Counter terrorism
  • Climate change, impacts on natural hazards
  • Building psychological resilience

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentations and 10 minute discussion).  Presentations can address the topics above.

The presentation should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of poster presentation.

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues.  The panel presentation is to comprise of two components:
◦ Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
◦ Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and panelists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the session. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and facilitate the Q&A session. Panelists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panelist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the Conference themes.

Posters will be displayed in the exhibitor space or venue foyer and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Accepted oral and panel presenters will have the opportunity to have their full paper peer reviewed published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN. Please indicate if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Conference Proceedings for which you request peer refereeing on the submission form.

All presenters will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference material, including but not limited to, the Conference Blog, Book of Proceedings, Association Journal and Social Media.

The presenter is responsible for the accuracy of the content. All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further options.