Proposals are being invited to be featured at the 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management during the Concurrent Sessions and Film Festival.
10th CARIBBEAN CONFERENCE ON COMPREHENSIVE DISASTER MANAGEMENT
December 4th - December 9th, 2017
“The Road to Resilience Checkpoint 2017 - Building Resilience through Partnerships”
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
The Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) is the Region’s premier event on disaster risk management organized by the Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with its partners. The Conference is the Region’s largest gathering of professionals and experts in the field of disaster risk management. It is one single space where experts from across priority sectors and key thematic areas meet and share knowledge on best practices.
Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) is the region’s brand of Disaster Risk Management and contributes to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), a blue print for global actions in DRR. In that regard, the Conference is an endorsed regional event of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and is structured to strategically influence niche audiences, promote good practice, share ongoing research and chart the way forward for the advancement of CDM in the Caribbean
The Conference theme for 2017 is “The Road to Resilience: CDM Check Point 2017 – Building Resilience through Partnerships” and the programme will feature the following sessions and events:
Round Table Discussions
Professional Development Sessions
Awards Gala and Closing Ceremony
Charity 5k Walk/Run
Proposals for presentations are invited to be featured at the 10th Comprehensive Disaster Management Conference during the Concurrent Sessions and the Film Festival.
Presentations should be based on the Conference theme and relevant to one of the four (4) Priority
Areas of the CDM Strategy 2014-2024:
TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS
Paper presentations are invited for the Concurrent Sessions conceptualized around the
▪ Integrating Research, Policy and Practice for CDM
▪ Preparedness, Response and Recovery
▪ Institutional strengthening within the CDEMA Participating States
▪ Evidence based decision making for CDM
▪ Gender and Disaster Risk Management
▪ ICTs in Disaster Risk Management
▪ Climate Change in Disaster Risk Management
▪ Case studies on mainstreaming CDM in the following sectors
– Finance and
Physical and Environmental Planning,
Health Tourism and
▪ Case studies on the social and/or economic impact of disasters
▪ Case studies of Public/Private Sector Engagement in DRM
▪ Financing the DRM agenda
▪ Best Practices in Community Resilience
Presentations will be grouped according to the topic or perspective of the themes.
Confirmed speakers will be expected to submit a power point presentation along with their
paper ahead of the identified day and session.
Each presentation will be limited to 15 minutes and there will be 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
The “Film Festival” has been an integral part of the Conference since 2008. It is an
opportunity to showcase the work of disaster management partners and share best practices
through the eyes of the camera. The documentaries and short films should be related to
the theme of the Conference.
This is customarily an evening activity and is presented in a very relaxed atmosphere. The
maximum duration of the documentary is 20 minutes. Each video is preceded by a three
(3) minute introduction by the producer or representative and there is an opportunity for a
five (5) minute Q & A after each presentation.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS FOR CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Prospective presenters should carefully review the information below and then submit their
abstract via email. The deadline for submissions is July 28, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
Please include the following information with your submission:
• A brief biographical sketch and author information (Name, degrees / designations,
mailing address, email address, daytime telephone numbers, photo)
• Title of presentation (indicating if it would be an oral presentation, if you intend to
prepare a written paper or both)
• Summary of presentation (4 -5 sentences summarizing the content of your presentation as
well as major points and benefits to delegates)
• Clear identification of the Conference focus area as listed
• Abstract (maximum of 250 words describing the content of your presentation)
• Curriculum Vitae
• All submissions must be in electronic format and sent to
• Submissions must be in English
• Abstracts and summaries must be titled and include the author’s name, institution/agency
and full contact details.
• Confirmed speakers will be required to submit a PowerPoint presentation along with their
Commercial presentations will not be accepted.
Videos are to be submitted for consideration by sending a link to download the video to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is July 28, 2017 at
An Evaluation Committee will review all abstracts. Selection will be based on the following
Direct relevance to and alignment with the list of key conference topics and conference
theme, highlighting current trends, lessons learnt and any recommended solutions
Originality of presentation
Quality of presentation - submission of a clearly written, well organized abstract that begins
with a concise statement of the topic or issue and ends with a substantive conclusion
Adherence to the submission guidelines outlined above
Presenter’s Qualifications, knowledge and expertise
Demonstration of best practices and innovation
Absence of commercial sales content for services or products
AFTER YOUR ABSTRACT IS ACCEPTED
For each accepted paper, at least one author needs to attend the conference, and present the paper
in the assigned session.
All accepted presenters must register for the conference by September 30th 2017. Presenters not
registered by this date will not be included in the programme and will not have their abstract(s)
published in the conference proceedings. Abstract acceptances apply only to the person who
submitted the abstract and are not transferable to co-authors.
It is recommended that the presenter(s) commence all travel and accommodation arrangements
immediately after receiving notification that the paper is accepted for the conference.
Conference Registration is waived for all presenters on their day of presentation.
The Conference Planning Committee will inform presenters if their abstract was accepted by the
first week of August 2017. The Committee will schedule all oral presentations and finalize the
programme in October 2017. Presentations will be organized into sessions by topic, and the
Committee will make every effort to ensure optimal placement of each speaker.
Presentations may be scheduled any time from the afternoon of Day 1 (Monday 30th November)
of the conference through the afternoon of Day 4 (Thursday, 3rd December), and it is expected that
all presenters will be available during any of these time slots. Special scheduling requests will not
be accommodated, and presentations will not be moved once scheduling is complete.
In September, the schedule-at-a-glance will be posted on the conference website and circulated to
accepted presenters via email so they can make note of the day, time and session in which they
will be presenting.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
June 9, 2017: Call for abstracts opens
July 28, 2017: Call for abstracts closes
August 18, 2017: Notification to Presenters on acceptance
September 15, 2017: Deadline for the submission of written papers
September 30, 2017: Deadline for presenter registration for conference
October 9, 2017: Deadline for submission of PowerPoint
August 7, 2017: Schedule-at-a-glance is available on the conference website
• Accepted abstracts will be reproduced in the conference publications verbatim, therefore it
is expected that authors will follow commonly accepted rules of English syntax, grammar,
and punctuation. Poorly written abstracts and abstracts not directly relevant to the
conference topics will not be accepted.