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DPR 09

Atlanta Skyline Natural and man-made disasters swept through various parts of the world and received much attention over the past decade. Many parts of the world also suffer from the lack of basic necessities, including shelter, water, food, education, access to basic health care, and safety, identified in "humanity's top 10 problems over the next 50 years. The Conference on Humanitarian Logistics will focus on various topics relevant to planning, preparing, and responding to disasters, as well as recovery and mitigation, long term development, and health efforts. Given the complexity of the problems faced and the lives at stake, the main objectives of the conference are to articulate the opportunities and challenges in preparing and responding to disasters or addressing long term problems, both from a humanitarian and a corporate/economic perspective, to identify important research issues, to create academic awareness for the research opportunities and to establish priorities for non-government organizations (NGOs), corporations, and the government in terms of their strategies, policies, and investments.

The Conference is supported in part by the Georgia Tech Nash Endowment, the Georgia Tech Focused Research Program and the National Science Foundation.



Conference participants are invited to submit a one-page abstract for a poster presentation to be made at the Humanitarian Logistics Conference on Feb 19th. Abstracts should include a title, author(s) with affiliations including email addresses, and should have a maximum length of 300 words summarizing the purpose, scope, methods, results, and conclusions of the work. Please submit abstracts electronically to as Word documents or Adobe Acrobat pdfs and use 1-inch margins, single spacing, and 12 point Times New Roman font. Guidelines will be distributed for poster preparation. Poster submissions will be judged based on originality, technical quality, and impact of the work. The Deadline for abstracts is now January 20th, 2009.