Feature in the 2020 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference program

If you’ve got research, insight or personal experience to share in disaster and emergency management, submit an abstract for your chance to be featured in the 2020 conference program.

This is your opportunity to stand alongside fellow experts to discuss the latest research findings, trends, challenges and successes in first response, disaster and emergency sectors.

All selected presenters will be offered an exclusive speakers registration rate.

Choose your Presentation

Submissions are to showcase projects, programs, experiences or research with three key learning outcomes.

Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Workshop’s are typically delivered in 60-90 minutes.

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. Panel submissions are required to organise, in advance, each panel member and their perspective. There is a requirement of a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters. One person chosen to be the representative of the panel submission.

Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table Tops involve multiple presenters, with each presenter at a round table of up-to 9 participants. Presenters change tables every 12 minutes to present to a new round of participants. This is a more personal and interactive format.

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information.

Choose your Topics

Leadership in EM: shaping the future
Women in EM
Making tough calls in times of crisis and major disasters
Disaster risk reduction
Mental health interventions at major disaster occurrences
Compassionate care: organisational responsibility when disaster strikes
Training / self-care and wellness for a sustainable career
Culture: political influence, political agendas and internal politics
Funding: lack of resources – people, money, equipment and time
Recruitment and retention of skilled staff
Volunteer management

Information management: expectations and consistency
Communication, procedures and systems
Collaboration between government, community and private organisations: aligning resources, interstate differences and relationships between them
The role of new and emerging technologies
Social media use in disaster response
Risk communications with data visualisations
Media’s role in EM

Community engaged preparedness
Community action on food resilience: food security during disasters
Community resilience: harnessing the volunteer army
Changing the culture of preparedness through children
Vulnerable groups: homeless, disabled, migrant language barrier

Submit your Presentation

Presentation submissions close 29 May 2020.



Commissioner Andrew Crisp, Emergency Management Victoria

Major General Jake Ellwood DSC, AM, Australian Defence Force

Deputy Commissioner Stephan Gollschewski, Queensland Police Service (Clin)

Mr Rhys Jones, CEO, Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Mr Cameron Hardiman, Author, Ten Feet Tall and Not Quite Bulletproof

Dr Blythe McLennan, Centre for Urban Research in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Senator Jim Molan, AO DSC, Parliament of Australia

Ms Sascha Rundle, Manager, ABC Emergency Broadcasting

Ms Nicole Sandler AM CSC, M Psych, Head, Policy and Practice, Phoenix Australia | Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry | The University of Melbourne

Ms Abigail Trewin, Director, Disaster Preparedness and Reponse, National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre



The Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, Parliament of Australia

Mr Jonty Mills, CEO, Water Safety NZ

Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers, AFSM, NSW Rural Fire Service

Abstracts close

29 May 2020

Program available

23 June 2020

Early bird closing

10 July 2020

Conference dates

1 – 2 October 2020

The 2020 Disaster & Emergency Management Conference will take place face-to-face, as well as available via our online hosting platform.
Plenary sessions will be broadcast live, with all conference sessions filmed and available to access post-event.