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International Conference on Emergency Preparedness (InterCEPt)

21st to 23rd September 2010
The Challenges of Mass Evacuation



Hosted by the Aston Centre for Research into Safety and Security (CRISIS), the International Conference on Emergency Preparedness (InterCEPt) aims to facilitate the exchange of academic research, innovations and best operational practices in the management of emergency preparedness. InterCEPt provides a unique opportunity for academics, practitioners and policy makers to share lessons, plans, approaches and methods to prepare governments for when disaster strikes, as well as to identify promising new approaches to prepare the public to respond to major incidents.

The theme of this year’s conference is mass evacuation i.e. the displacement of thousands/millions of people in response to a major catastrophic incident. Mass evacuation presents some unusual challenges for emergency preparedness, for example, the coordination, transportation and sheltering of thousands of people. The conference will deal will all the aspects related to mass evacuation, from mitigation to preparedness, response and recovery.


Format of the conference

The conference will contain oral presentations and workshops from a global research and practitioner base as well as invited speakers and plenary sessions from leading figures. Master-classes by Emergency Managers from different countries will be on offer during the conference. Final versions of all presented papers will be posted on the conference website. Selected papers will be published in an edited book in the Springer Environmental Series. Journal special issues are under discussion.



The conference will contain streams related to emergency preparedness and mass evacuation, from the use of models for planning operations to government preparedness to preparing the public. Topics include (but are not limited to):

Computer models for emergency preparedness

  • Simulation modelling
  • Decision-making modelling
  • Operational Research modelling
  • Network modelling
  • GIS-based aids for decision making

Preparing the public for emergencies

  • Warning message design and dissemination
  • Designing awareness campaigns
  • Preparedness exercises
  • Assessing the effectiveness of public preparedness

Policy making for emergency preparedness

  • Decision-making and planning
  • Implementing evacuation plans
  • Organisational structures
  • Measuring the preparedness of governments

Shelter management

  • Shelter location
  • Shelter operations and preparedness

Transport management

  • Traffic modelling
  • Resource allocation
  • GIS-based aids for evacuation preparedness

We welcome proposals for streams, sessions or workshops.


Submission Guidelines

We invite you to submit a 500 words abstract (in English) as an email attachment by 31st March 2010 to Pavel Albores at Please indicate the stream in which your presentation would best fit. In submitting an abstract you confirm your intention to attend the conference should your abstract be accepted. The conference website is:


Keynote speakers


Simon Lewis

Last month Simon Lewis became the Head of UK Emergency Planning and Response for the British Red Cross.  Immediately prior to this he was a Chief Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), New Scotland Yard, where, for 5 years, he was Head of Emergency Preparedness (EP).   In this role he was responsible for MPS emergency planning, business continuity, crisis management and cross business group coordination in times of emergency and in pre-planning.  It included the MPS link with the London Resilience Team and London Resilience Partnership.  In his role as Head of EP, Simon was the Chair of the London Emergency Services Liaison Panel and chair of the London Mass Evacuation Task and Finish Group.  Simon Joined the MPS in 1979.   He was Silver Commander for Trooping the Colour (Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Parade) in 2006, 2007 and 2008; and spent a period of time as Silver Commander for the London Bombings on 7th and 8th July 2005.   He was also Silver Commander for the consequence management strand following the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.

Emergency Planning and Response:  A Multi Agency Partnership

Simon’s  presentation will deal with the subject of Emergency Planning and Response - a Multi Agency Partnership.  He will highlight the importance of coordination and partnership between different organizations (first responders, NGOs, public sector and government) in achieving a successful evacuation.   Simon will be using information and his experience as Silver Commander in the London terrorist attack in 2005 as a back drop to showing how London agencies plan for and respond to an emergency.

William H. Starbuck

William Starbuck is professor in residence at the Lundquist College of Business of the University of Oregon and professor emeritus at New York University.  He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial administration at Carnegie Institute of Technology, after receiving an A.B. in physics at Harvard.   He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by universities in Stockholm, Paris, and Aix-en-Provence.   Earlier, he held faculty positions in economics, sociology, or management at Purdue University, the Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and New York University, as well as visiting positions in universities and business schools in England, France, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.   As well, he was a senior research fellow at the International Institute of Management in Berlin.   He has been the editor of Administrative Science Quarterly; he chaired the screening committee for senior Fulbright awards in business management; he directed the doctoral program in business administration at New York University, and he was the President of the Academy of Management.   He has been elected a fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the British Academy of Management, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Cognitive Reactions to Rare Events: Perceptions, Uncertainty, and Learning

All learning has uncertain consequences, but learning from rare events is especially problematic.   Learners see many idiosyncrasies and exogenous interference, tendencies that suppress learning.   Rare events also bring on reactions to uncertainty such as wishful thinking, reliance on prior beliefs, biased probabilities, search for more data, cautious action, and playing to audiences.   The most important contingencies affecting these reactions are the content and strength of prior beliefs:  Although learning from rare events is statistically unusual, and effective learning from rare events is rare, both individual people and organizations can benefit significantly from active efforts to learn from rare events.

Víðir Reynisson

Department manager Vídir Reynisson is the Head of the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management at the Office of the National Commissioner of Police in Iceland.   The Department is responsible for overall organisation and planning for Civil Protection in Iceland and operates the National Crisis and Coordination Centre which provides a Command and Coordination role in all major emergencies in Iceland.
He was Iceland’s representative in the European Union committee for Civli Protection Mechanism and Action Programme from 2002 to 2006 and the chairman of the EFTA Working group for Civil protection from 2004 to 2006.   He is the Team leader of ICESAR, Iceland´s International Search and Rescue (SAR)team, and has taken part in a number of international operations such as the ones that followed the South East Asia Tsunami in 2006.   He was a consultant to the Icelandic Civil Aviation authorities providing emergency management training to commanders at the International airport in Pristine in Kosovo from 2004-2007.

Reynisson´s background is in Search and Rescue, ranging from field searches for missing persons to command and control of SAR operations. He has  been in command of a number of large emergency operations such as a rescue team leader in the 1995 response to snow avalanches in northwestern Iceland that killed 40 persons and left many more homeless and earthquakes in the south of Iceland in 2000 which wreaked havoc on hundreds of homes.   In 2008 he was in command during the national response following an earthquake of magnitude 6.3M that left 38 persons injured, hundreds homeless and thousands traumatized (in fear).   He played a leading role in the process of the recovery in (rebuilding) the disaster -stricken society in the aftermath of that earthquake.

Three sparks and you’re out: Deploying Iceland’s Civil Protection System

On March 20th 2010 a volcanic eruption started at Fimmvörðuháls in south Iceland.   This was a small eruption in a fissure of a few hundred meters that did not cause any structural damage.  As the eruption at Fimmvörðuháls drew to an end or the night before April 14th an eruption started in Eyjafjallajökull.   Eyjafjallajökull is a glacier close to Fimmvörðuháls and during the first days floods associated with the eruption posed the greatest threat but as the eruption progressed volcanic ash became the major threat.

The Civil Protection system in Iceland was activated to it´s full extent.  Extensive operations were ongoing for several weeks because of the eruption.   The foreign media showed extreme interest in the eruption when it started widespread effects on air-travel because of the extended dispersal of volcanic ash. Reynisson will discuss preparations before and operations during the eruption and point out lessons indentified from this operation focusing on crises communication with the public, local government, Government of Iceland and various governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

David BaMaung 

CTSA Section, Strathclyde Police. 



This conference is organised with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and The Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and other Security-related Risks Programme - European Commission - Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security.


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