Conferences and Events

April 21-24, 2018
2018 National Planning Conference
American Planning Association
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cost and Registration: $840, register before March 22

This conference will focus on lessons learned and new trends in smart planning at the local, state, and federal level. Topics include understanding how to better plan for and foster equity within communities, redesigning more efficient transportation networks, encouraging citizen engagement, and incorporating big data sources available to planners into decision making.


May 21-22, 2018
Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference Secretariat
Gold Coast, Australia
Cost and Registration: $925 before April 9, open until filled

This conference will focus on fostering communication and shared knowledge among disaster and emergency management practitioners in New Zealand and Australia. Topics include learning from specific case studies such as the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, encouraging the involvement of community-based organizations in disaster preparedness and recovery, considering disasters impacts from diverse cultural and institutional perspectives, and understanding the psychosocial factors involved in long-term disaster recovery.


May 21-24, 2018
NASEMSO Annual Meeting
National Association of State EMS Officials
Providence, Rhode Island
Cost and Registration: $520 before May 10, open until filled

This meeting will address issues in emergency medical services, medical transportation, legislative and regulatory issues, and the EMS work force. Topics include model rules for ambulance vehicle design, personnel licensure, EMS clinical guidelines, air medical model rules, traffic incident management, fatigue in EMS, and EMS scope of practice.


May 21-24, 2018
The Fire Continuum Conference
Association for Fire Ecology and International Association of Wildland Fire
Missoula, Montana
Cost and Registration: $450 before January 31, open until filled

This conference will explore the continuum of firefighting experience to create a holistic understanding of the complex field. Topics include examining diverse fire education opportunities, understanding pre- and post-fire ecological and environmental cycles, considering the broader social and cultural perceptions of fire, and evaluating the current and future states of wildland fire management.


May 22-23, 2018
Children, Young People and Disasters: Building Resilience Through Participation
Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon and University of Lancaster
Lisbon, Portugal
Cost and Registration: Free, register before the event

This conference will discuss several key findings from the Cultures of Disaster Resilience Among Children and Young People project on child-centered disaster management in Europe. Topics include hearing directly from the children and young people involved in the project, encouraging engagement with children during disasters and emergencies, and developing new participation-based approaches into disaster preparedness and recovery.


June 4-7, 2018
Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Emmitsburg, Maryland
Cost and Registration: Free, apply before April 27

This symposium will focus on the academic discipline of emergency management and developing instructional and research skills. Topics include the scholarship of teaching and learning, research methodology and integration, and program policy and administration.


June 18-21, 2018
European Conference on Earthquake Engineering
The European Association for Earthquake Engineering and the Hellenic Society of Earthquake Engineering
Thessaloniki, Greece
Cost and Registration: $560 before April 10, register before May 15

This conference will focus on new developments in the field of earthquake engineering risk prediction and reduction. Topics include seismic design and analysis techniques, societal and economic models that evaluate earthquake loss assessment, and prioritizing mitigation with the construction of smart buildings.


June 25-29, 2018
National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Los Angeles, California
Cost and Registration: $1,175 before May 31, open until filled

This conference will explore how earthquake scientists, engineers, and policy makers can work together to better integrate knowledge across their various disciplines. Topics include understanding current trends in earthquake policy, evaluating the shortcomings and successes of earthquake mitigation—specifically in Southern California—and learning how best to communicate earthquake science at the community level.


July 9-12, 2018
National Homeland Security Conference
National Homeland Security Association
New York City, New York
Cost and Registration: $625 before May 1, open until filled

This conference will examine pressing issues in homeland security in the United States. Topics include evaluating national emergency management and post-disaster response policies, law enforcement responsibility, improving the state of critical infrastructure using an all hazard approach, and developing better grant management strategies within the private and public sectors.