The abstract notifications will be made available on March 1st, 2019.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)’s World Maritime Rescue Congress takes place every four years. It is, we believe, the largest event of its kind in the world. It is open to all with an interest in search and rescue. The 2019 Congress will be held in Vancouver, Canada, June 15-18, 2019.
Sunday June, 16 and Monday June, 17 will be devoted to a conference based on talks, discussions and workshops. The conference sessions will be divided into three threads, running concurrently, enabling Congress attendees to choose the subjects that most interest them.
The overall theme for WMRC 2019 is Learning from the Past; Looking to the Future – Maritime Search and Rescue in a Dynamic Operational Environment.
The headings of the three conference threads are:
The following examples are provided as guidance. These are subjects that the program working group would like to see covered during the Congress, but the list is not exclusive. The working group will carefully consider other subjects proposed.
Several of the sub-headings will fit in more than one thread. This is to provide flexibility. The working group will decide where to place papers submitted as the program is filled in.
This is a major function of the IMRF, as will be acknowledged in the 2019 edition of IMO & ICAO’s International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual.
The emphasis in this thread will be on future challenges and possible solutions. Subjects likely to be included would be:
Speakers will be asked to present their subjects in the light of the overall theme and the thread headings and sub-headings. The program working group will assign accepted presentations to one of the three threads as appropriate.
Abstracts will be accepted for consideration from October 19, 2018, with a deadline of February 15, 2019.
Having considered your abstract, the program working group will advise if a speaking slot can be made available to you. If it cannot, a poster session and/or publication opportunity may be made available. In all cases the IMRF’s decision, advised by the program working group, will be final.
If your paper is accepted, the program working group will keep you advised as to when it can be presented. You may, with the working group’s consent, make minor alterations to your abstract, up to May 1, 2019.
Speaking slots in the main conference will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, not including questions or discussion. Please note that session chairs will be asked to enforce the 15 minute limit, to ensure that all speakers, and their audiences, are treated fairly.
‘Poster sessions’ will be available as an alternative to speaking in the main congress. These will be opportunities for informal presentations and/or discussions in the Congress exhibition space.
Authors / presenters must ensure that they, and the IMRF, have permission to use any copyrighted material, including images etc.
The IMRF will publish papers submitted as part of the Congress proceedings, online, in free downloadable pdf format. The IMRF may also seek the author’s permission to make other use of the material submitted. Copyright will remain with the author, who may refuse or limit permission to publish or otherwise use her or his material: the IMRF will rigorously respect any such limitation.
Authors may submit amended documents for publication, including more or less detail as they wish. The IMRF reserves the right not to publish an amended document if any concerns it gives rise to cannot be resolved with the author.
The IMRF regrets that it cannot cover speakers’ expenses at the World Maritime Rescue Congress. The IMRF is a charity, seeking to improve maritime SAR capability worldwide; and Congress fees are deliberately kept lower than comparable commercial events, to better enable SAR people to attend. Speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses must therefore be their own responsibility.
However, speakers accepted by the program working group, and approved by the IMRF, may attend the Congress at discounted rates. For more information, please visit: Registration Information
If you are not an IMRF member, and would like to inquire about membership, please email info at imrf.org.uk.
For further information, please contact wmrc2019-speakers at icsevents.com
We look forward to hearing from you!