Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 10, 2017. Call for Presentations. 10th CDEMA Conference. Dec 4-9, 2017. Nassua, Bahamas

Proposals are being invited to be featured at the 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management during the Concurrent Sessions and Film Festival.

Nassau, Bahamas
December 4th - December 9th, 2017

“The Road to Resilience Checkpoint 2017 - Building Resilience through Partnerships”


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:
     Opening Ceremony
     Plenary Sessions
     Concurrent Sessions
     Panel Discussions
     Round Table Discussions
     Exhibition
     Youth Forum
     Film Festival
     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:

     Institutional Strengthening
     Knowledge Management
     Sector Mainstreaming
     Community Resilience

Concurrent Sessions
Paper presentations are invited for the Concurrent Sessions conceptualized around the
following themes:
      ▪ 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
                   Economic Development, 
                   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.

Film Festival

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.


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 The deadline for submissions is July 28, 2017 at
11:59pm EST.

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


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.

      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.

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