2020 PRiMO Conference: Call for Session Proposals

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

by Ben Olson

Call for Session Proposals
The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) Conference
Building A Resilient Pacific
March 10-13th, 2020
Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i

PRiMO is a coalition of organizations with a role in hazard and climate risk management
in the Pacific region. We recognize the value of collective action and are committed to
enhancing cooperation, coordination, and collaboration to strengthen and sustain
resilient island communities. PRiMO welcomes all stakeholders working to build resilient
island communities to submit session proposals by Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.


2020 PRiMO Conference Theme


Building a Resilient Pacific


Pacific Islands are not only connected by our ocean geography, ocean resources, and
cultures, but also by our shared risks. The impacts of typhoons, tsunamis, rising sea
levels, increasing temperatures, and ocean acidification are both local and regional.
PRiMO’s 2020 conference is meant to strengthen collective action toward building
resilience across the region. We will reflect on our individual and collective ability to
recover from and cope with recent impacts. We will explore solutions to better prepare
for future events in ways that leverage advances in science and technology and that
reflect the culture and values of the Pacific.


Suggested session topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Precovery: Pre-disaster Recovery Planning and Preparedness
  • Resilient Communities: Housing, Infrastructure, Planning, and Mitigation
  • Next Generation Technology: Satellites, Modeling, and Decision Support Tools
  • Community Perspectives: Place-based and Traditional Knowledge


Submitting a Session Proposal

The 2020 PRiMO Conference is inviting proposals for the following session types:

Full-length Session (90 minutes):

  • Talk Story: Session leaders provide an overview of the topic, question, or
    problem, followed by an informal discussion. e.g. Brainstorming, idea generation,
  • Working Session: Focus on developing tangible outputs to specific
    issues/challenges. This includes, but is not limited to: scenario planning, tool
    critique, or prototypes.
  • Panel: Convene a small group of speakers to present on a similar topic or issue.


Individual presentation (15 minutes): Presentation or tool demonstration on a topic
suitable to PRiMO and its hui. Conference organizers will group individual presentations
into a 90 minute session, or recommend a Poster presentation.

Training (full or half day): Training and professional development opportunities can
half day and can be scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Training organizers will be expected to cover associated costs ($400 for half day).

Academic Presentation (15 minutes): Abstracts for papers and posters focused on
the thematic areas. Abstracts will be reviewed by a research committee.

If you would like to submit two or more sessions, you will need to complete separate
submission forms for each session. If your session is approved, you will have until
December 13th, to send a final session description for the program. If we do not receive
an updated description by that date, we will use the description from your proposal.


Deadline for Submission: Tuesday, November 19th

Schedule in-brief (subject to change)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020  
8:00am - 5:00pm Pre-Conference Training & Workshops
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020  
8:00am - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am Opening Protocol, Plenary & Keynote
10:30am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions
3:30pm - 5:00pm Concurrent Sessions
5:00pm - 7:00pm Reception
Thursday, March 12th, 2020  
8:00am - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am Plenary & Keynote
10:30am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions
12:00pm - 1:30pm Awards Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions
3:30pm - 5:00pm Concurrent Sessions
1:30pm - 7:00pm Public Day
Friday, March 13th, 2020  
8:00am - 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am Plenary and Keynote Speaker
10:30am - 12:00pm General Session
12:00pm - 12:30pm Closing Protocol