Call for Presentations 2018

Call for Presentations

The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference – 2018

The 2018 Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference will be held from Tuesday, 30 October to Thursday, 01 November 2018. The pre-conference workshops will be scheduled on Monday, 29 October 2018. The conference has broad application and will appeal to practitioners and anyone interested in the areas of the six streams listed below.

A.  Conference Streams and Presentation Types:

The conference has six streams based on the following topic areas:

  • Health
  • Emergency Preparedness / Management
  • First Responders (including all sectors air, land and marine)
  • Emergency Social Services / Volunteers
  • Business Continuity
  • Academic / Technical

There are three types of Presentations we are seeking for the conference programme:

Plenary Sessions – this is an opportunity to address all attendees so should have a broader scope.  The time allotments vary from 60 to 90 minutes which will include time for Q & A.

Breakout Sessions – opportunities to present more focused/detailed presentations based on topics related to the six streams, to smaller audiences. Most are 60 minutes (including Q & A time) and a few 90 minute sessions may be available.

Workshops (half or full day) – this is an opportunity to provide training to attendees and will be scheduled on the Monday prior to the conference start.

B. Submission of Abstracts:

ALL submissions need to indicate / include:

  • which stream(s) would match your subject-matter best, and
  • the type of session most applicable for your presentation (plenary, breakout or workshop)
  • a concise statement of the benefits of your presentation (e.g. how will this session/knowledge help them in their work) and, should not be related to the sale of services and/or products
  • a biographical sketch for each of the proposed speakers

The abstract needs to be limited to no longer than 240 words.

Deadline to submit an abstract is 15 March 2018 at midnight.  Incomplete submissions, for example without a biographical sketch, will not be considered.

Preference for selection of presentations/speakers will be given to those who comply with the following selection criteria:

  • Topic and relevance to the conference / attendees
  • New ideas and approaches
  • Leading edge and topical subjects
  • Practical advice for practitioners
  • Research / technical presentations need to indicate the applicability to practitioners
  • Speaker’s expertise, knowledge, and ability to challenge delegates
  • Past presentation experience
  • Proposed handout materials (if any)

Compensation / Expenses:

The EPBC Conference is a not-for-profit entity and does not pay for speakers to present.

For the speakers approved by the Program Subcommittee:

  • Registration fees will be waived
  • Hotel reservations for out-of-town speakers will be booked and paid by the conference
  • Transportation costs (in accordance with our travel expense policy) will be paid by the speakers and reimbursed by the conference upon submission of travel claims/receipts

Review Process:

All abstract submissions will be acknowledged by E-mail

A follow-up E-mail will be sent to everyone who has been selected for the conference programme no later than 30 June 2018.

Notes for prospective speakers

For presentations with multiple authors, only one speaker will be selected to speak and considered for coverage of expenses and registration fees.

If the selected speaker becomes unavailable, the conference will need approve any proposed substitute. No speaker is authorised to bring another speaker without the approval of the conference.

Please note that the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference reserves the right to edit the content of any submission for inclusion in the Conference programme.

Speakers will be sent a guide on conducting presentations and are expected to follow the guidance proffered.

To submit your abstract – CLICK HERE