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21-24 April 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

The abstract submission is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for the 19th WCDEM! Authors can expect a response as to whether their abstract was accepted or not by 23 January 2015.

This year's theme, Creating Capacity, Building Resilience, includes topics within the spectrum of humanitarian disaster impacts to global health systems and prehospital and crisis response. Congress content will extend from South Africa to regional and global challenges, including UNISDR-HFA activities, with applicability to all communities that are vulnerable to disaster.

Population pressures and shifting environmental shocks will continue to demand collaborative efforts, making case studies and applications of science particularly valuable contributions to WCDEM. Preparedness efforts focused on vulnerable populations that include capacity building strategies at all response levels and segments, e.g., local, national, civilian-military, non-profits are encouraged to present their work.

Student Registration Waivers

WADEM recently received a donation in support of the Congress. The WADEM Board of Directors unanimously decided to allocate the funds from the donation as Registration Waivers (Scholarships) for students to attend the Congress through a competitive selection process. Those students awarded a waiver will not need to pay the registration fee.

Interested students will need to complete the following in order to be considered for a registration waiver:

  • A completed application form, accessible at the following URL - http://wadem.org/wcdem/waiver_application.pdf.
  • Applicants must provide a 500-750 word essay in English on one of the following topics:
    • Creating Capacity, Building Resilience in Disaster
      and Emergency Health; or
    • Challenges for Evidence-Based Research in
      Disaster Health for the next ten years.

  • Please indicate how you learned of the WCDEM Student Scholarship program.
  • A commitment statement that you intend to attend 19th WCDEM.

For a complete overview, including student eligibility criteria, please read the following document - http://wadem.org/wcdem/waiver_overview.pdf.

We look forward to receiving your application! Please submit application form and additional materials electronically to - 19wcdem@wadem.org.

Submission deadline is 7 January 2015.