Important Dates

  • Abstract submissions close: 1 April 2023.
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2023.
  • Proceeding paper submission deadline: TBC
  • Online conference opens: 28 July 2023.
  • Online conference closes: 31 July 2023.
  • Presentation videos released: 1 October 2023.
  • AJEM special edition or proceedings published: TBC


Law, Policy and Planning

  • Climate change challenges
  • International humanitarian law and its application to animals in disasters
  • Disaster planning for feedlots and commercial animal housing facilities
  • The US PAWS Act and its what it means for the future
  • Sendai Framework: progress and prognosis

Armed Conflict

  • Post-conflict animal-inclusive recovery frameworks
  • Radiological considerations and decontamination
  • Impact on livestock, wildlife, companion animals during armed conflict
  • Human-animal studies in armed conflict

Disaster Response

  • Welfare of search and rescue dogs in emergency and disaster response
  • Animal disaster triage and decontamination
  • Disaster impact assessment for productive animal farms
  • Integration of human-animal response/rescue (One Rescue)
  • Case studies in state or national disasters affecting animals

Emerging Issues

  • Temporary animal sheltering during disaster response and recovery
  • One Health in animal disaster management
  • Technology that can advance animal disaster management
  • Impact and opportunities for artificial intelligence in animal disaster management

Other topics not listed but related to the conference theme will be considered.

Submission Terms & Conditions

  • A maximum of only two presenters per submission will be accepted.
  • Other topics not listed but related to the conference theme will be considered.
  • Acceptance of abstracts is at the sole discretion of the conference organisers.
  • Presenters can opt to make their presentation slides or other handouts available on the conference website.
  • Presenters can opt to submit an original paper for publishing consideration in a special-edition ‘Animals in Emergencies’ of Australian Journal of Emergency Management (AJEM).
  • Organisers will not produce conference proceedings but will post recorded videos of presentations, and slides/notes where supplied by the presenter.
  • Presentations should be between 30 and 45 minutes, then allow time for questions (15 minutes – recorded).
  • Presenters must have a non-satellite based high speed internet connection and headset microphone available for when giving their presentation.
  • Presenters may be required to present their abstract virtually to the committee to ensure they meet presenter standards.
  • This conference is in English, however live caption translation options are being considered.

Types of submissions

  • Oral presentation or oral presentation with slide/screen share/powerpoint.
    • up to 45 minutes total including allowing for questions.
  • Practice paper
    • These can be research reports, case studies, comparison studies.
    • Non-academic presentations are not required to be accompanied by a draft proceeding but may be considered as an opinion piece in the AJEM.
  • Research/academic manuscript
    • Manuscripts must meet submission deadlines and will be double-blind peer reviewed.
    • Submissions must meet the AJEM’s Contributor Guidelines, Editorial Policy and conditions for publication.
    • Publication in the AJEM is at as the discretion of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

How to submit an abstract

  • All information and submission of abstracts can be done using the online form below.
  • Abstracts must be less than 200 words.
  • Where abstracts are accepted, a session allocation (date, time, zone) will be negotiated.

Process for peer review (journal or proceedings)

  • Abstracts will come to the conference committee
  • AJEM and/or conference committee provides feedback/selects abstracts as potential content
  • All accepted papers go to the conference committee who coordinate the peer review process with subject matter experts
  • AJEM makes final editorial decision (if AJEM special issue being used)
  • The AJEM special edition will be published in full online (print ready PDF and HTML), with a select range of articles (8-10) being printed in a hard copy (limited print run available to purchase/subscribe).


  • All presentations are subject to recording and such recording will be made publicly available online without fee under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY 4.0) license that allows reuse subject the use being non-commercial and fully attributed ( by-nc/4.0).
  • Sponsorship advertising may be placed on such video recordings.
  • All material published in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management is also provided under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

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