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6th International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health Risk

09/25/2019 - 09/27/2019

Wessex Institute:

The International Conference on Disaster Management is being reconvened following the success of the previous meetings, held at Wessex Institute in the New Forest in 2009, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, USA in 2011, A Coruña, Spain in 2013, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey in 2015 and Seville, Spain, 2017.

This series of conferences originated with the need for academia and practitioners to exchange knowledge and experience on the way to handle the increasing risk of natural and human-made disasters. Recent major earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and other natural phenomena have resulted in huge losses in terms of human life and property destruction. A new range of human-made disasters have afflicted humanity in modern times; terrorist activities have been added to more classical disasters such as those due to the failure of industrial installations for instance.

It is important to understand the nature of these global risks to be able to develop strategies to prepare for these events and plan effective responses in terms of disaster management and the associated human health impacts.

The conference provides a forum for the exchange of information between academics and practitioners, and a venue for presentation of the latest developments. The corresponding volume of WIT Transactions containing the papers presented at the meetings are published in paper and digital format and widely distributed around the world. The papers are also archived in the WIT elibrary ( where they are available to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Disaster Management 2019. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Disaster analysis
  • Disaster monitoring and mitigation
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Risk mitigation
  • Risk and security
  • Community resilience
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Health risk and disaster psychology
  • Case studies
  • Human factors
  • Multi-hazard risk assessment
  • Risk communications
  • Preparedness and training
  • Learning from disasters
  • Terrorism and man-made disasters

Abstract Submission

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible by completing the form below. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. Please submit only one abstract per person.

Once your abstract has been reviewed, you will be notified of the acceptance of your abstract and be given a submission date as well as instructions on how to prepare your paper.

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference.

We encourage early submission of abstracts and papers to facilitate registration and travel arrangements.

The language of the conference will be English.


Publication of Papers

Peer review: To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication: Papers presented at Disaster Management 2019 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing: The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive: All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (


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