Fifth Biennial Conference

of the

Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction

The Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction herewith invites and welcomes academics, researchers, postgraduate students and disaster practitioners to the 5th Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction. The conference is hosted by the African Centre for Disaster Studies (North-West University) in partnership with the Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI), the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) – Government of Malawi and will take place from 21-23 October 2020 at CrossRoads Hotel Blantyre.

Time left until conference starts:

2020/10/21 08:00:00

Conference Theme:

Towards risk informed sustainable development in SADC region: Building resilient communities

Sub Themes:

  • Urban risk and development
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Eco-system based DRR
  • Socio-ecological resilience
  • Trans-boundary disaster risk management
  • Natural resource management and DRR
  • Climatology
  • Hazard and risk governance
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Environmental management
  • Community resilience
  • Public health and education
  • Risk creation as trans-disciplinary issue
  • Media and communication in DRR

Aim of the Conference

Provide a platform for the presentation, discussion and debating of different approaches to disaster risk reduction in the face of climate change.


Abstracts can be submitted online by clicking here before the 31st of July 2020 and should contain the following information:

  • Rationale of the Research
  • Method of Investigation
  • Main Findings
  • Conclusions and Recommendation

Abstracts should be limited to 350 words. Successful author(s) will be required to register and attend the conference. All papers will be double blind peer reviewed by selected international experts. Successful papers may be published in a special edition of JÀMBÁ: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies.

Core Dates:

  • 1 March 2020 – First call for abstracts
  • 30 May 2020 – Abstract submission closing date
  • 31 May 2020 – Final date for Early Bird Registration
  • 1 July 2020 – Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • 14 September 2020 – Final Date for Registration
  • 21-23 October – Conference

Cost Of Conference US($)

Note that participants from all regions around the world are welcome to present and/or attend the conference. Conference fee excludes accommodation, travel and visa; this is each delegate’s own responsibility.

If you require an invoice, please request it from Mr. Maynard Nyirenda at

US$ 520

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Account name: North-West University

Bank: ABSA Bank

Account Number: 670642313

Reference: SASDIR_Surname_Initials

Swift Code: ABSAZAJJ

Please note that all travel expenses and visa application are the responsibility of each participant.