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Congress Overview

WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine

WADEM has seen education as a key role in its development and to this end convenes its biennial international Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. The Congress provides a stimulating and interactive environment to present research and findings, exchange ideas and best practices, and network with colleagues. The Congress contains a core scientific program presenting the developments within the field of disaster and emergency health, focused meetings for the organization’s various sections and chapters, research workshops, and the membership meeting of the association.

Over the years key co-hosting organizations have included Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Chinese Emergency Medicine Society, and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Congresses are an excellent showcase for commercial sector and non-governmental sponsors and exhibitors.

The Congress is held on alternate years, preferably in different regions of the world. Proposals to hold the Congress are open to all countries and are generally received four years in advance. Proposals will be examined by the WADEM Selection Committee. The WADEM Board of Directors will select the winning bid based on the recommendations of the Selection Committee. The short-listed destinations will be asked to give a live presentation online using a platform such as WebEx, Zoom, or GoToMeeting. Site visits will be conducted for the two finalist destinations.

For further information about bidding to host a WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine, please review the Congress Overview document.

Congress Overview

Since the founding of WADEM, the following cities have been chosen as locations for the Congress:

Location Year
Paris, France 2025
Dublin, Ireland 2023
Tokyo, Japan 2021 – cancelled due to Covid-19
Brisbane, Australia 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2017
Cape Town, South Africa 2015
Manchester, United Kingdom 2013
Beijing, China 2011
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 2009
Amsterdam, Netherlands 2007
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 2005
Melbourne, Australia 2003
Lyon, France 2001
Osaka, Japan 1999
Mainz, Germany 1997
Jerusalem, Israel 1995
Stockholm, Sweden 1993
Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1991
Hong Kong, China 1989
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1987
Brighton, United Kingdom 1985
Rome, Italy 1983
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States 1981
Mainz, Germany 1979
Mainz, Germany (Club of Mainz) 1976