Call for Papers


Planning, Foresight and Risk Analysis


Victor A. Bañuls

  • Pablo de Olavide University
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Murray Turoff

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
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We are interested in any approaches or methodologies for Planning, Foresight, and Risk analysis that would aid in the improvement of Emergency Preparedness or Management Processes.  This would include the integration of the results into other phases such as mitigation, detection, evaluation, response, and recovery.  Of particular interest are improved methods and ways to integrate volunteer individuals, decision makers, civilian, responders and local organizations into planning, foresight and/or risk analysis activities.  This includes planning for adding these participatory resources to any phase of Emergency Preparedness and Management. 

Case studies are welcome provided they contain insights for potential improvements in any aspects of planning or foresight in Emergency Management.  Improving the effectiveness of collaborative planning, resiliency, and actual collaboration among the many diverse organizations involved in emergency situations is also a valid topic.  In this sense, new forecasting approaches for anticipating and analyzing potential cascading effects and supporting multi-risk analysis in crisis situations will be very welcomed.  These methodological efforts will be especially adequate for the subject of the track when they integrate both quantitative and qualitative data and are aimed at improving the emergency planning process.

Special Issue in Technological Forecasting and Social Change

We also would like to inform you about the special issue on “Moving forward to Disaster Resilience" in the journal of Technological Forecasting and Social Change (JCR Impact Factor: 2.058) that we are running along with Josune Hernantes, Leire Labaka and Starr Roxanne Hiltz.

The goal of this special issue is to shed light on how cities and communities can become more resilient to deal with disasters. In view of all the existing challenges, we invite researchers to submit original papers that include conceptual or empirical approaches relevant for this topic and provide new insights for theory and practice. Full paper submission to the Planning and Foresight Track that fit with this topic would be invited for submission to the TFSC special issue.



  • Planning,
  • Emergency Plans,
  • Foresight,
  • Preparedness,
  • Forecasting,
  • Risk Analysis,
  • Course of Action,
  • Delphi,
  • Vulnerability,
  • Resilience,
  • Business Continuity,
  • Mitigation,
  • Critical Infrastructures.


  • Mitigation options in Planning
  • Foresight/Forecasting Methods and Systems
  • Elicitation and analysis of risk information
  • Determining and estimating future threats
  • Use of Information systems for predicting risks
  • Forecasting methods for analyzing cascading effects in crisis situations
  • Quantitative and qualitative data integration for supporting Risk Analysis
  • Planning of new systems and methodologies
  • Scenario generation methods as planning and/or training tools
  • Foresight, Planning, and Risk Analysis integration
  • Citizen Participation into Emergency Planning Activities

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.