Submissions are now closed

Presenters or organisations are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.  All proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Presentations will be selected that provide a program offering a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference topics.

There are 3 options for presentations which you can select in the online submission form:

  1. 30-minute oral presentation
  2. Panel presentation
  3. Poster presentation

Please see below for more information.

*Note: All presenters are required to pay a discounted fee to attend.


  • Abstracts Open: October 2017
  • Abstracts Close: Sunday 11 February 2018
  • Notification to Authors: Monday 19 February 2018
  • Author Acceptances Due: Friday 2 March 2018
  • Draft Program Available: Monday 5 March 2018
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: Friday 6 April 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Closes: Monday 9 April 2018

Conference Topics include:

Training/ Resilience in Search and Rescue (SAR)

Submissions are encouraged based on latest techniques and methods in SAR training and maintaining the health and wellbeing of SAR personnel for example:

  • Training
    • Volunteer Training,  Multi agency collaboration, First responders, Medical, Critical skills, Alzheimer’s , Autism and ADHD  – uniqueness & urgency of searches, Maritime SAR, Leadership and decision making, search and rescue techniques
  • Resilience
    • Fatigue management, mental health management, stress management
  • Lessons learnt, evaluation & review

Future Directions in Search and Rescue (SAR)

Submissions based on the evolution of SAR and the changing needs of the community, for example:

  • Recreational changes, research and data, changing demographics and the impact on recreational activities / capabilities, data analysis and lost person behaviour, climate change and how this impacts on recreation / risk,
  • Leadership & decision making; interoperability; collaboration
  • Search and Rescue techniques, search planning
  • Lessons learnt, evaluation & review

Search and Rescue (SAR) Technology

This category is based on emerging, novel and innovative technologies that have the potential to positively change the way search and rescue is conducted, for example:

  • Optimising technology for continuous communication, UAV systems in the future operations, GPS utilisation, SAR software, Application of GIS  data, Future technology (real or perceived), Helicopter SAR
  • Lessons learnt, evaluation & review

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentations and 10 minute discussion).  Presentations can address the topics above.

The presentation should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of poster presentation.

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues.  The panel presentation is to comprise of two components:
◦ Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
◦ Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and panelists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the session. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and facilitate the Q&A session. Panelists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panelist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the Conference themes.

Posters will be displayed in the exhibitor space or venue foyer and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

All presenters will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference material, including but not limited to, the Conference Blog, Book of Proceedings, Association Journal and Social Media.

The presenter is responsible for the accuracy of the content. All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further options.