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 collaborating organizations have included the World Health Organization, US National Library of Medicine, Evidence Aid, Emergency Medicine Society of South Africa, Chinese Emergency Medicine Society, and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Congresses have been seen as an excellent showcase for private sector and non-governmental sponsors and exhibitors.
The Congress is held on alternate years preferably in a different regions of the world on each occasion. Bids to hold the congress are open to all countries and are generally received four years in advance, with presentations from the Congress Committees being held both four and two years before the event.
Since the founding of WADEM, the following cities have been chosen as locations for the Congress:
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada||2017|
|Cape Town, South Africa||2015|
|Manchester, United Kingdom||2013|
|Victoria, British Columbia, Canada||2009|
|Edinburgh, United Kingdom||2005|
|Montreal, Quebec, Canada||1991|
|Hong Kong, China||1989|
|Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||1987|
|Brighton, United Kingdom||1985|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||1981|
|Mainz, Germany (Club of Mainz)||1976|