Conferences and Events

February 21-23, 2018
International Public Safety Association Conference
International Public Safety Association
Tempe, Arizona
Cost and Registration: $350 before November 30, open until filled

This conference will explore issues facing public safety officials worldwide. Topics include evaluating best practices for active shooter and mass casualty incidents, learning how to incorporate emotional intelligence in high stress situations, and creating effective strategies for responding to civil disturbances using lessons learned from the 2014 incident in Ferguson, Missouri.


February 26, 2018
Climate and National Security Forum
The Center for Climate and Security
Washington, D.C.
Cost and Registration: Free, RSVP online before the event

This forum will focus on the operational and strategic implications of climate change for national security. Topics include the impact of extreme weather on the military, identifying opportunities and challenges in changing climate policy, and the U.S. government's responsibility to prepare for climate-driven issues home and abroad.


February 28 to March 2, 2018
Climate Leadership Conference
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the Climate Registry
Denver, Colorado
Cost and Registration: $995 before December 15, open until filled

This conference will examine best practices for addressing climate change using innovation, policy, and business solutions. Topics include learning to navigate climate policy, exploring cutting-edge carbon and energy practices, understanding the risks and hazards that climate change poses to natural and built environments, and considering the importance of sustainability leadership in the corporate world.


March 6-7, 2018
Southeast Public-Private Partner Summit
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Memphis, Tennessee
Cost and Registration: Contact Event Organizer

This summit will focus on creating a dialogue between public and private sectors in the Southeast about emergencies and disasters, including hurricanes and the New Madrid seismic zone. Topics include improving the protection of assets, preventing major disruptions of operations, and creating collaborative techniques for responding to disasters in the future.


March 12-14, 2018
Aerial Firefighting North America 2018
Tangent Link
Sacramento, California
Cost and Registration: $1,650, open until filled

This conference will translate the experiences and knowledge of state aerial firefighters for an international audience. Topics include case studies from the 2017 fires in California and the 2016 Fort McMurray fire, the evolution of wildfire fighting chemicals, the next generation of incident command systems, limiting damage from climate change, and public and private aerial firefighting operations.


March 15-25, 2018
The D.C. Environmental Film Festival
Green Film Network
Washington, D.C.
Cost and Registration: Varies, reservations available on select films

This festival will highlight a variety of films with environmental themes in an effort to further public understanding. Topics include the effect of climate change on extreme weather, climate impacts on vulnerable populations, discussions with national decision makers and emergency managers, and the role of cross-cultural communication in addressing environmental issues.


March 18-23, 2018
Eighth World Water Forum
World Water Council
Brasília, Brazil
Cost and Registration: $892 before February 28, open until filled

This conference will explore a diverse range of issues related to water use, management, and conservation. Topics include the debate on sharing water under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, mobilizing local and regional stakeholders to get involved, government prioritization of critical water issues, and establishing sustainable solutions using local experiences and citizen actions.


March 26, 2018
Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility Workshop
NHERI Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Arlington, Virginia
Cost and Registration: $75 before February 28, open until filled

This workshop will focus on tools and technologies available at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility, which promotes reconnaissance-based science, resource sharing, open data, and community engagement to reduce the adverse impacts of natural hazards. Topics will include best-practices for reconnaissance data collection, NSF RAPID proposal preparation, leveraging the RAPID facility, reconnaissance basics, field equipment and techniques, and ethics (including IRB guidance).


March 26-29, 2018
National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop
International Association of Wildland Fire
Reno, Nevada
Cost and Registration: $125 before March 1, open until filled

This workshop will discuss the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, which sets out an all-inclusive vision for managing wildland fire. Topics include improving preparedness policies, techniques for the new challenges posed by U.S. fires, strengthening building capacity in practitioners, and learning from past experiences.


March 26-29, 2018
National Hurricane Conference
National Hurricane Conference
Orlando, Florida
Cost and Registration: $350 before February 9, open until filled

This conference will look at emergency management improvements that will lead to better hurricane response in the United States, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Topics include evaluating hurricane emergency alert communication, expediting resources to those in need, restoring power to critical healthcare facilities, evacuation planning, Hurricane Irma response, and assessing the unmet needs of vulnerable populations.


April 9-13, 2018
ADCIRC Bootcamp and Users Meeting
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration College Park, Maryland
Cost and Registration: $1,195 for all events before March 31, open until filled

This event will focus on the uses of the Advanced Circulation Model (ADCIRC) during hazards such as tropical storms. The week consists of a boot camp for high-level government decision makers, followed by a general users group meeting for coastal modelers and ADCIRC developers. Topics include effective risk communication methods, how best to make decisions using risk assessment, and ongoing projects to improve ADCIRC.


April 17-20, 2018
Preparedness Summit
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Atlanta, Georgia
Cost and Registration: $805 before February 23, open until filled

This conference focuses on factors driving global change in public health preparedness. Topics include lessons learned from recent events, helping communities build response and recovery capacity to climate change-related events, and identifying public health preparedness issues to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.


April 18-19, 2018
2018 Emergency Preparedness Conference
Joint Commission Resources
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Cost and Registration: $739 before March 19, open until filled

This conference will explore the successes and shortcomings of responses to disasters and hazards. Topics include preparing healthcare organizations for disasters and other emergencies, improving existing strategies, and sharing the latest research from the field of emergency management.


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.