Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness

Tokyo – 2021

The 22nd biennial WADEM Congress will be held at the Keio Plaza Hotel, Shinjuku City, in the bustling cosmopolitan metropolis of Tokyo from 11-14 May 2021. Co-hosted by the Japanese Association for Disaster Medicine (JADM), the Congress aims to provide another dynamic and engaging scientific program.

The weeklong event will build off the success of the Brisbane Congress in 2019 which attracted over 800 delegates representing more than 50 countries. The Tokyo Congress will provide an international forum for responders, researchers, policymakers, government representatives, and students to exchange ideas and lessons learned, network with colleagues, obtain CME credits, and experience Japanese culture and hospitality.

The main theme of the conference is “Next Steps Toward New Challenges of Disaster Medicine” with a focus on comprehensive, inclusive, and holistic health and medical support. The program will cover a broad range of topics including:

  • COVID-19 and the Global Response,
  • Pandemics and Infectious Diseases,
  • Mass Gathering and Event Medicine,
  • CBRNE,
  • Counterterrorism Medicine,
  • Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs),
  • Natural Hazards,
  • and Long-term Disaster Response, just to name a few!

Special attention will be paid to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Global Response, 2019 Rugby World Cup, the 2021 Olympic/Paralympic Games, as well as the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (1995) and the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011).

Preparations are already underway for an exciting Congress in Tokyo, so please join us in 2021!



Yasuhiro Otomo, MD, PhD
Organizing Committee Chair, WADEM 2021
Professor, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Department of Acute Critical Care and Disaster Medicine