Call for Papers


Community Engagement & Practitioner Cases


Bernd Hellingrath

  • University of Münster
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Zeno Franco

  • Medical College of Wisconsin
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There is a critical, world-wide need to improve the quality, effectiveness, appropriateness, cost, and accessibility of information and communication systems intended to facilitate crisis response, operations, and logistics in the face of devastating disasters. This improvement must be based on an increased understanding of how practitioners and impacted communities actually conduct their response, operations, and logistics work, including stakeholder roles, strategies, practices, information usage, constraints, motivations, and environments. The primary goals of this track are to increase this understanding through practitioner case studies of current practices, effective ways of operating, and emerging technological solutions, and support Community Engagement in Research (CEnR), i.e., mixed-methods approaches examining technology use in real-world settings that embed citizens and larger social systems in the research process.


  • Disaster management practitioners,
  • community stakeholders,
  • citizen science,
  • civil defense,
  • NGOs,
  • human rights


  • Community/Academic partnerships for disaster planning & response
  • Support of successful practice through methods and/or tools for effective assessment, evaluation or decision-making in crisis situations
  • Adoption of new technologies for crisis management by practitioners
  • Effective work with civil defense & first responder experts and authorities
  • Consideration of human rights in approaches to uncertainty during crisis response operations and the organizations that conduct them (for example, INGOs in humanitarian operations)

Important Dates for ISCRAM 2016 Authors

20 Nov 2015 Long Papers, panels and workshops due
15 Jan 2016 Long Papers & Panel Proposals Acceptance notification
29 Jan 2016 Short Papers, posters, demonstrations, doctoral consortium
15 Feb 2016 Short Papers, posters, demonstrations, doctoral consortium Acceptance Notification
Camera-ready copies of Long Papers
26 Feb 2016 Camera-ready Short Papers deadline

To submit a paper

  • Authors must submit papers electronically through the conference system.
  • All papers must use the ISCRAM paper template and follow the ISCRAM house style. The template is available on the Conference homepage.
  • Papers may be submitted to either a Track or the Emergent Theme Open Track. Read through the calls of the individual tracks and select the track that is closest to the topic of your paper. If none match closely enough, submit to the Emergent Theme Track and your paper will be grouped by keyword with relevant reviewers.

Submission of the camera-ready version on Feb 26 is a commitment to sending at least one author per paper to the conference. If authors are on multiple papers, the number of registrations in total must meet or exceed the number of papers per collective author group.