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ISCRAM organises a number of different conferences and events throughout the year, from ISCRAM-World to Continent and Regional events, the Summerschool and Workshops. If you are interested in organising such an event, please contact us at events.iscram@gmail.com.

  • ISCRAM-World: THE annual global ISCRAM conference bringing together top researchers and practitioners
  • ISCRAM-Continent: conference focussing on a specific region and the most relevant issues and topics there
  • ISCRAM-X brings together researchers from a specific region, for instance ISCRAM-Vietnam or ISCRAM-Med
  • ISCRAM-T brings together researchers and practitioners working on a specific topic or use a common method or tool; here we invite workshops and smaller scale conferences
  • ISCRAM-Learn events are educational events dedicated to support early-career researchers and practitioners
  • ISCRAM-Affiliated events are events where there is mutual interest and benefit in associating the ISCRAM with an event that is organised by an external institution

ISCRAM-World

Each year, ISCRAM-World conferences bring together top researchers and policy-makers and practitioners working in the area of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to exchange information and knowledge on new research and discuss best practices.

ISCRAM-World events invite two categories of papers. All paper submissions must be relevant to ISCRAM, make a new and significant contribution to the body of knowledge on information systems for emergency management, support their contribution with valid arguments, and be clearly structured and well written.

  • Research papers presenting valid, original, relevant cutting edge research that will be reviewed to the highest academic standards. Reviewing will pay additional attention to the application of the related scientific literature and theory, to the use of an appropriate research methodology, and to technical, mathematical and statistical correctness. 
  • Insights from the Practice of Emergency Management papers presenting new developments in emergency management and policy making, discussing approaches, methods, tools, (best) practices and standards. These papers should focus on practical issues and concerns and raise challenges for future research, and will be reviewed to the highest practice-oriented standards.

The ISCRAM-World conference currently alternates between the USA and Europe. To apply for the conference, potential hosts have to submit a proposal following the guidelines specified in the ISCRAM bid manual. 

 

Important: A call for bids for ISCRAM2017 will be issued soon.

ISCRAM-Continent

ISCRAM-Continent conferences aim at bringing together researchers and practitioners in a specific geographic region. The first such event was ISCRAM-Asia 2012, which has evolved from ISCRAM-CHINA (established in 2006). The ISCRAM-CHINA Conference aims to provide an outstanding opportunity for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to address ad discuss new trends and challenges in the area of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management.

Submitting a proposal: The reviewing criteria and standards of ISCRAM-Continent events are the same as for ISCRAM-World. Particularly, distinction of complete and work in progress papers along with the reviewing criteria specified for ISCRAM-global shall be used. This proposal will be evaluated by the events committee and agreed on by the board.

We are currently reviewing proposals for ISCRAM-Asia 2014. If you are interested in organising another ISCRAM-Continent event, please contact us at events.iscram@gmail.com.

ISCRAM-X: Regional Events

ISCRAM-X events are intended to bring together and unify researchers and practitioners in a particular country and possibility neighbouring countries. Here the focus is on community building. ISCRAM-X is not intended to have a global reach. Consequently, these events may be workshops or small conferences. Typical examples of ISCRAM country events would be ISCRAM-Vietnam (established in 2013) or ISCRAM-Med.

The bid process follows mainly the rationale for the full conference. We take into account the scope and outreach of the conferences is more limited. Therefore, a more lightweight application, reflecting the lower financial and organisational risks can be chosen. For details, contact us at events.iscram@gmail.com.

Funding support may be available for new ISCRAM-X events. To establish an ISCRAM-X event series, organisers can apply for up to 1000 Euros in the first year and up to 500 Euros in the following two years. Additionally, organisers can apply for dedicated sums in case of anniversaries, or to establish side- and supporting events. This support is evaluated on a case by case basis. The conference must complement the current portfolio, and the perspective and relevance for the ISCRAM community must be outline. The proposed budget must be supplied to the Events Committee chair. If support is provided, it is provided after the review of papers.

ISCRAM-T: Topic Events 

ISCRAM-T events are related to a specific topic, problem, or approach and they assemble a limited number of specialists around a specific theme. If these themes relate to the core conference topic, the respective track chairs should be involved. 

ISCRAM-T events shall foster the work in a specific area of research, ideally resulting in active working groups that have meetings at least once a year where the members exchange ideas, experiences and research results, and support each other in their work in research, development and practice. The groups are encouraged to organise workshops, webinars, tutorials or training courses in conjunction with other ISCRAM events or further conferences, publish special or feature issues in journals, and organise conferences or seminars.

The bid process is tailored for the organisation of a workshop event, please contact us at events.iscram@gmail.com.

ISCRAM funding support may be available for new ISCRAM-T events. To establish a conference, organisers can apply for up to 500 Euros, dedicated to fund travels and participation of Track Chairs and ISCRAM members. This support is evaluated on a case by case basis. The workshop must clearly relate to the standing tracks and ISCRAM topics and complement the current portfolio of events. Also, the perspective and relevance for the ISCRAM community must be outlined. The proposed budget must be supplied to the Events Committee chair. If support is provided, it is provided after the review of papers.

ISCRAM-Learn - Getting Started!

ISCRAM-Learn events cover purely educational events, such as the ISCRAM Summer School and the Doctoral Colloquium. They are not tied to a specific geographical region or topic. These events may be held concurrently with other ISCRAM events (e.g. holding the Doctoral Colloquium in conjunction with ISCRAM-World), or they may be held separately such as the Summer School.

ISCRAM Summer or Winter Schools

This format encourages the post-graduate education combining lectures, hands-on-tutorials and gaming environments. It focuses on early-stage doctoral students and practitioners. Informal application that is agreed upon by the Events Committee Chair and the Board. Organisers can apply for support of up to 500 Euros.

ISCRAM Young Researchers

The basic idea is that stage researchers, who are doctoral students or Postdocs, all having an unpublished paper within the theme announced, can meet for about one week, present their material, discuss it with others and specially invited senior experts in the field, and finally prepare the paper for publication. Special issues in dedicated journals are strongly encouraged to promote this type of event.

Informal application that is agreed upon by the Events Committee Chair and the Board.

ISCRAM Affiliated

ISCRAM Affiliated events are for the those cases where there is mutual interest and benefit in associating the ISCRAM with an event that is organised by an external institution. This may include seminars or teaching courses. ISCRAM does not provide any financial support, but will help to advertise the event, provide advice, and a ‘rubber stamp’ ISCRAM affiliation. In such cases, ISCRAM does not influence the organisation of the event (i.e. impose topics, define committees etc.); instead the label of being ISCRAM Affiliated comes after these aspects have been defined by the external organisation. Such events are endorsed as being ‘ISCRAM Affiliated’.

For ISCRAM Affiliated events, at least one ISCRAM member is expected to represent ISCRAM at the event. The organisation of workshops, tutorials, special sessions etc. is strongly encouraged. Additionally, the endorsing should be mutual, i.e., at the event, ISCRAM related activities should be promoted. This should be aligned with membership and marketing activities.

Informal application that is agreed upon by the Events Committee Chair and the Board. Proposal should clearly indicate relevance for ISCRAM community. The organisation of the event should be reliable and trustworthy. For larger-scale events (such as international conferences), mutual endorsement and potentials for collaboration should be analysed. Moreover, the role and purpose of ISCRAM should be clarified. The options include, for instance, participation in the programme or scientific committee; the organisation of a special session or tutorials; reduced fees for ISCRAM members; presence of logos etc.

 

 

 

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