Purpose of ISCRAM Asia Pacific

The purpose of ISCRAM Asia Pacific 2018 is to exchange research into and experiences of information systems use in emergency management, particularly focussed around applications of information systems in the context of the four priorities of the Sendai Framework (2015-2030) for disaster risk reduction, namely: 1. understanding disaster risk; 2. strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk; 3. investing in disaster reduction for resilience; and 4. enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.


Information management research and experiences will be highlighted across the natural, social, built, and economic environments for disaster risks related to: Earthquakes; Severe Weather; Flooding; Wildfire; Tsunami; Volcanic eruption; Lifeline failures; Pandemics, Bio-Security, etc.

ISCRAM Asia Pacific 2018 will cater for management practitioners, academics and researchers from the government, NGOs, and industry, particularly from around the Pacific, but encompassing global participation from New Zealand, Australia, Oceania, Asia, North and South America, and Europe. Planning is based on 200 – 400 attendees.

Programme for ISCRAM Asia Pacific 2018: Keynotes; Plenaries; parallel sessions and workshops; poster presentations & displays; Tour of relevant facilities and points of interest; Social programme (Icebreaker, dinner).

An optional three-day visit to Kaikoura and Christchurch is planned, for lessons from  Kaikoura and Greater Christchurch of earthquake impacts, recovery, and the use of information systems there in disaster management.

Engagement in ISCRAM Asia Pacific 2018: expressions of interest are sought from government organisations, NGO's, academia, professionals, and businesses engaged in the management of information critical to public/private resilience. Keynote speakers are being contacted. A call for papers, posters, and trade displays will be announced in the near future.

Organisers believe that in the future ISCRAM Asia Pacific Conference will become a regular regional ISCRAM conference to be held annually or bi-annually in the vicinity of Australia and New Zealand.