Australian Disaster Resilience Conference Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts is now open for the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, returning for its second year to Melbourne.

After a successful first year in Perth, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will return in August 2019 to Melbourne to ask: Are we future ready?

“This landscape of the emerging era of disasters is going to increasingly stretch emergency services, undermine community resilience and escalate the economic costs and loss of life. We need to begin preparing now for this future.”

Dr Robert Glasser, Former Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction


Plans and actions are often based on our past and current experience of disasters. However, in the context of a changing climate, the influence of technology and shifting demographics we are coming to learn that the past can’t always be relied on as an accurate predictor of the future we are moving towards. Recognising the importance of being prepared for the unexpected, how can we address pressing issues and be confident that we are future ready when it comes to disasters?

Learn more about the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2019 theme.

The disaster resilience community is invited to submit abstracts that share case studies, lived experience, research, strategies and initiatives related to the four guiding themes of connection, respect, empowerment and wisdom. Submissions may consider:

  • how communities are connecting to create disaster resilient societies
  • the impact of respect between people, communities and organisations
  • how to better engage and empower communities
  • how knowledge can develop into wisdom to makes us future ready

Presenters are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for an oral presentation or poster via the abstract portal. Posters will be displayed in the AIDR Knowledge Centre.

Abstract submissions are open until 11 February 2019.

About the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference

The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is focused on contemporary disaster resilience practice and research and brings people from a range of sectors together to share knowledge and build connections for a disaster resilient Australia.

The conference is hosted by AIDR on 28-29 August at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in partnership with AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ, Australasia’s premier emergency management conference and exhibition.

Registrations for the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference open 18 March 2019.