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

Tokyo, Japan – 2025

On behalf of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), I cordially invite you and your colleagues to participate in the 23rd edition of WADEM’s biennial Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine. This event brings together global experts to share research and lessons learned on disaster medicine, prehospital care, and the health aspects of emergency management and complex humanitarian crises. Co-hosted by the Japanese Association for Disaster Medicine (JADM), the congress will feature a dynamic and engaging scientific program, including plenary sessions, panel discussions, oral and poster presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities.

Please join us at the Keio Plaza Hotel, Shinjuku City, in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo from 2-6 May 2025. Shinjuku City is well known for its shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment options. It is one of the most visited parts of Tokyo and is easily accessible by public transportation from Haneda and Narita Airports. The Tokyo Congress will build off the success of the Killarney Congress (2023) and provide an international forum for responders, researchers, policymakers, and students to learn and collaborate, (re)connect with friends and colleagues, obtain CME credits, and experience Japanese culture and hospitality.

The congress theme is – Governance of the Face of VUCA: the Power of Knowledge, Courage, and Solidarity in Health Systems. The scientific program is being developed and will cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs);
  • Conflict Medicine and Hybrid Warfare;
  • Mass Gathering and Event Medicine;
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (Sendai Framework);
  • Emergency Public Health;
  • Education, Training, and Simulation;
  • Psychosocial and Mental Health Issues;
  • Data Management and Information Technology;
  • One Health and Veterinary Medicine;
  • Health Care Workers Safety and Well-Being;
  • Research Methods (Health EDRM); and
  • Long-term Disaster Planning, just to name a few!

It has been over a decade since the congress took place in Asia (Beijing 2011) and will be the second time in Japan (Osaka 1999). Preparations are underway for an exciting congress in Tokyo, so please save the dates!

Kind regards,


Yasuhiro Otomo, MD, PhD
Organizing Committee Chair, WADEM 2025
Director, National Disaster Medical Center