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The 3rd International Conference on Healthcare System Preparedness and Response to Emergencies

Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel # | Tel aviv, ISRAEL
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Title: The 3rd International Conference on Healthcare System Preparedness and Response to Emergencies
Specialty: , Emergency Medicine
Dates: From Jan, 12, 2014 to Jan, 15, 2014
Location: Tel aviv, ISRAEL
Type: Conference
Registration Cost: From 100 to 800 USD
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Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel #



 Stay at the Hilton Tel Aviv hotel, situated on a cliff overlooking the vibrant Mediterranean Sea. Each of the 560 Guest rooms is furnished with comfortable, classic furniture and comes with an elegant marble bathroom and stunning balcony view. Upgrade to a Vista Club Room or an Executive Room and enjoy complimentary breakfast and unlimited access to the Vista Lounge or the Executive Lounge. This Tel Aviv, Israel hotel is bordered on three sides by the Independence Park, and overlooks the vibrant, exciting marina. The minimalist blue and beige decor is designed to highlight the beautiful landscape and inspiring Mediterranean views. Hold your next Tel Aviv meeting or event in one of the 14 venues. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,300 delegates in elegant, contemporary surroundings. Book one of the seven function rooms for seminars, meetings, or private functions for up to 200 guests. Host an intimate meeting for 8-18 delegates in one of the six meeting rooms. After a busy day, relax by the outdoor saltwater pool. Dine in one of the five bars and restaurants. Exercise in the fully equipped gym, or rejuvenate in the spa.  


  • Located in a quiet park in the center of Tel Aviv
  • 25-meter saltwater outdoor swimming pool
  • 17 meeting and event rooms, including a 1,300 capacity Grand Ballroom
  • Five airy, elegant restaurants and bars
  • Spa


  Walk along the beach promenade to the city’s flourishing lively port and take in the beautiful views. Activities are assured through the day. Dine in one of the popular outdoor restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean. Shop in Tel Aviv’s unique stores, boutiques and markets which sell everything from clothes and musical instruments to fresh fruit. Don’t miss out on the lively nightlife in the jazz bars and the numerous nightclubs. Explore the ancient city of Jaffa, believed to be one of the oldest cities in the world and the location where Biblical Jonah started his sails. Take in local culture at the Habima Theater or the Mann Auditorium, home of the famous Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Make a trip to the colorful Carmel Market, or the Neve Tzedek neighborhood.  
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Transportation Guide:
By Train
To leave Ben Gurion Airport by train, from the arrivals section you need to descend from the Greeters' Hall (located on Level G), to the railway station (located on Level S). Train tickets can be purchased through automated ticket dispensers on Level G of the terminal. It is recommended to get off the train at Hashalom station (Azriely center) or the Tel Aviv Center - Savidor station (Rakevet Merkaz/Arlozorov) and take a taxi to the hotel. 
By Bus
Upon exit from customs, take either the elevator or escalator to the 2nd floor. Exit the terminal either by gate number 21 or 23. Cross over the road for Egged bus number 5 which serves as an internal transport line from Ben Gurion International Airport to El Al Junction. The price today is NIS 5 (USD 1.20).
You need to take line 475 . Buses arrive at Tel-Aviv Central Bus Station.
From here it is another 15 minutes by car/taxi to the Hilton Hotel
Note: Buses do not run on Saturday (Shabbat) - from half hour before sunset on Friday till one hour after sunset on Saturday.
By Private Taxi
The Taxi Stations and dispatcher's counter at Terminal 3 are located on Level G of the Multi Level Road.
Cost is NIS 130 (USD 37) at the time of printing.
It is recommended not to use random Taxi services.
Rate 2 (25% extra) will apply in the following cases:
Night journeys between 21:00 and 05:59 hours the next day.
An additional NIS 2.7 will be applicable for each piece of luggage.
Event Overview
Welcome message:

Invitation from IPRED Chairman

 Dear colleagues,

 In the last decade we have witnessed severe emergency events that have occurred worldwide, presenting great challenges. Hurricane Sandy has taught us that no system is immune to the devastating effects of natural disasters; it inflicted fatal damages to medical facilities, necessitating the evacuation of several hospitals. Manmade conflicts in several locations, including operation "Pillar of Defense" involving Israel and Gaza, have displayed the significant impact on civilian populations. Providing an effective response to the variable emergencies frequently necessitates local, regional and international collaboration.

A unique opportunity for networking and sharing knowledge, skills and experiences in emergency management is the 3rd international conference on preparedness and response of healthcare systems to emergencies and disasters that will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel on January 12-15th, 2014. The conference is a joint initiative of the Israeli Ministry of Health and the IDF Home Front Command. These bodies work in close collaboration to establish an effective preparedness and response to all types of emergencies that may impact on the public health.

Following the success of IPRED I (2010) and IPRED II (2012), we strongly believe that the 3rd IPRED conference will likewise provide a platform for the world's leading experts from the field, academic bodies and governing institutions to review and assess best practices and State of the Art preparedness for emergencies.

Each emergency differs from the ones that preceded it and most probably from the ones that may follow. Nevertheless, identifying common elements is crucial. Thus the only way to improve our knowledge and assure an effective response is by learning from each other, sharing data and knowledge in conferences, joint exercises and direct communication.

IPRED III provides an excellent platform to access all these measures. It will include workshops, presentations, round-table discussions and hands-on experiences. International renowned keynote speakers will give the main plenary presentations. One of the highlights of the conference will be a comprehensive mega mass casualties exercise that will be conducted in on the 3rd day of the conference. The exercise will simulate the complexities of managing such an event on-site and in the hospital levels, including the control and command systems that should be in place. The conference participants are invited to participate in the exercise (as observers, evaluators or as "mock casualties") in order to get a first-hand impression.

In addition to the conference, the city of Tel Aviv offers a wide array of attractions and entertainment activities, and is well known for its warm hospitality. The participants are invited to enjoy a wide range of other fascinating sights Israel.

We hope you will honor us with your presence by joining us in the conference, and we look forward to hosting you in Tel Aviv in January 2014.

Col. Avi Abargel MD, MHA, MA
Chief SurgeonHome Front Command
IPRED III Chairman

Keynote Speakers


Prof.Dr. Albert D.M.E. Osterhaus

As professor of Virology and head of the department of Virology at Erasmus MC Rotterdam, and as professor of Wildlife Virology and Virus Discovery at Utrecht University, Ab Osterhaus has a long standing track record as scientific researcher and PI/coordinator of numerous major collaborative projects. At the Erasmus MC hospital, he runs the >40 persons diagnostic virology lab and the > 100 persons virology research lab. His state-of-the-art research program follows a novel integrated “viroscience” concept, bringing together world leading scientists in the fields of molecular virology, immunology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and intervention studies on human and animal virus infections. This innovation-driven environment has evolved into a highly competitive top “viroscience” lab. Major performances under his scientific leadership include the discovery of more than 20 new viruses of humans and animals or new hosts for known viruses (e.g. human metapneumovirus, coronaviruses, influenza viruses), the elucidation of the pathogenesis of major human and animal virus infections, and the development of novel intervention strategies. These include strategies for AIDS, viral hepatitis, influenza, and other major respiratory infections. Discoveries of Osterhaus’ team have enabled health authorities to effectively combat outbreaks of diseases like SARS and H7N7/ H5N1 influenza. The spin-off, ViroClinics Biosciences BV, is yet another socially relevant success as it allows effective testing and refining of diagnostic tools and other intervention strategies. While he continues to recruit talented researchers and attract national and international funding, he actively participates in experimental design and laboratory work, passing on his expertise to new generations of researchers. In addition, Prof Osterhaus is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, shares his knowledge to the benefit of society by accepting the role of advisor in several national and international public health committees, and his lab is a WHO reference lab for influenza and exotic viruses. In the past five years, besides being PI of major multi-million research programs from Dutch governmental organizations (e.g. NGI, NOW, TI-Pharma, ministries) Osterhaus and his team have successfully acquired numerous international prestigious research grants from EU FP7 and ERC programs, NIH, Bill and Melinda Gates and WHO.

The numerous international awards and prizes he received, his invitations for guest lectures, his (co-)organisership of major international meetings and his editorship of international scientific journals further demonstrate the international recognition of his work. He has acted as PhD mentor for more than 50 students, and holds several key patents. Most of all, Ab Osterhaus firmly believes scientists have a role to play in society by translating their knowledge for the benefit and protection of the people.

Christopher J. Kramer

Decision and Information Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory

Christopher Kramer is a versatile communication expert with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He is a nationally known Risk and Crisis Communication expert who has assisted hundreds of local, state, and federal agencies in the U.S. in preparing for how to effectively communicate during a time of crisis. He works for Argonne National Laboratory developing material to enhance message delivery by elected leaders, public officials, scientists, and technical experts during a time of crisis. He also provides training, exercise support, and product development to the U.S. Government including the Department of the Army, Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security.

He served for ten years as Public Information Officer for the State of Utah Department of Public Safety and was responsible for coordinating and managing all public relations / internal communication functions for multiple divisions including the Highway Patrol, Fire Marshal's Office, Crime Laboratory, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Emergency Management Office, and Police Academy. He was responsible for public information and crisis communication on multiple programs and high profile events including the U.S. Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, natural disasters, multi-fatality traffic incidents, criminal activity, and special enforcement actions. He also served as Lead Public Information Officer for security at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Christopher serves as an adjunct instructor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland, providing week long instruction for public information officers from around the globe including materials on news conference preparation and presentation, risk and crisis communication methodology, news interview skills, joint information system/center development and application, and social media usage during times of crisis. He is the co-author/primary subject matter expert of FEMA’s Public Information Officer Awareness course (G289), Basic PIO course (G290), Joint Information System/Center (JIS/JIC) Planning for Tribal, State, and Local Public Information Officers (G291), Advanced PIO: Health and Hospital Emergencies (MGT902), Public Information & Warning (E/L 105), Advanced Public Information Officer Course (E388) and is featured in National Incident Management System Public Information Systems (IS702).

He has B.S. in Communication from the University of Utah and an M.A. in Communication from Marist College in New York.

Christopher started with a career in broadcast news and performance that spanned ten years and five states and won numerous awards. In his spare time he hangs out with his wonderful wife, tries to understand his teenage daughter, takes his obnoxious dogs for hikes, watches zombie movies, reads bad science fiction, and continues his search to find the perfect donut.
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Hilton Tel Aviv –Conference venue

Kaleidoscope Ltd (conference production company) have picked out the most convenient and best hotels in advance for you to choose from (see below), and negotiated the best rates possible. Booking through registration, you will benefit from special rates and, at the same time, make sure that there is plenty of opportunity to network with your colleagues outside the conference program.


Room Type
US $225
US $250
Upgraded standard room
US $260
US $285


Check in to the Hilton Tel Aviv hotel for a comfortable stay in a great location at the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel. This hotel is located just 50 yards from the beach and only a short stroll from Tel Aviv’s shopping centers, restaurants, and cultural landmarks. Old Jaffa, one of the oldest cities in the world, is located less than two miles away.
Relax in a spacious, elegant guest room with a superb balcony view.Dine in one of five sublime Kosher restaurants and bars. Sample fine sashimi in the Yakimono Sushi Bar, or indulge in sophisticated Mediterranean dining at King Solomon Restaurant.
Grand Beach Tel-Aviv Hotel – 5 minutes walking from Conference venue


Room Type
US $145
US $165


As the top 4-star Tel Aviv hotel, the Grand Beach is uniquely known for its prime location and new, comfortable rooms. The exceptional blend of features offered; accompanied by an elegant atmosphere, make this Tel Aviv hotel the ideal accommodation to return to again and again.

The Grand Beach has the best location in the city, only a 3-minute walk from Tel Aviv's beautiful beaches and minutes away from the city's bustling center. The surrounding areas of the hotel are packed with waterfront restaurants, cafes, cultural attractions, entertainment, shopping, and nightlife. The old city of Jaffa and the Carmel Market are also nearby.
Important Notes

Kaleidoscopeand their agents shall not be responsible for, and shall be exempt from, all liability in respect of any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or inconvenience to any person, or his/her luggage or any other property, for any reason whatsoever, for any tourist services provided.
Bookings can be made via registration online form only.

Personal travel and health insurance is highly recommended.

Official check-in time for hotels is 14:00 hours and check out is at 12:00 noon.
For inquiries, please contact:
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Submission Info

Abstract Submission Instructions


The IPRED scientific committee invites professionals interested in the various aspects of preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at the conference. Proposals for oral or poster presentations are welcome. Please submit your abstracts through the IPRED web-site. 
Abstract Submission Deadlines:
  • Abstract submission closes: July 31, 2013
  • Last day for abstract acceptance notification: September 30, 2013
Submission conditions:
  •  Presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register for the conference before      November 15th, 2013.
  • By submitting this proposal you confirm that your presentation has not been previously published or presented at an international meeting within 90 days of the IPRED conference.
  • The decision on acceptance of proposals for oral or poster presentations will be made by the IPRED Scientific Committee that consists of leading professionals from local and international healthcare and academic organizations. 
  • Presentersand participants are kindly requested to reserve the Congress dates, of January 12-15,2014, in their calendars until they receive notification of submission outcomes. 
  • The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the conference. No speaker fee will be paid to applicants that will present their work.
Instructions for Preparing Abstracts:
You are kindly requested to follow these instructions; Abstracts should:
  •   Be submitted in English.
  •  Be single spaced, clear and legible
  •  Have correct and full contact information of presenting author upon submission, including  email and phone numbers.
  •  Be submitted electronically no later than July 31st, 2013.
  •   Contain the following headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
  •   Include up to 6 keywords as well as indication of relevance to one of the conferences' tracks
  •  The text of the abstract should not exceed 300 words.
  •   Abbreviations should be defined when first used and kept to a minimum.
  •   Include a short bio of presenting author not exceeding 100 words.
  •   NOTE: No graphs or images in any format will be accepted.
Please submit your abstract through the "Abstract Submission" section in the IPRED website.
Abstract Review Process:

All abstracts will be reviewed by a minimum of 4 IPRED Scientific Committee members using a standardized evaluation form. The reviewers will be blinded to the authors’ name(s) and institutional affiliation(s)

Abstracts will be selected for oral or poster presentation. 

Notification of acceptance of abstract will be sent by email by September 30, 2013.

 Acknowledgment of Receipt and Notification of Acceptance:

  • Acknowledgment of receipt of all abstracts will be made by the IPRED organizing committee by e-mail.
  • Notification of abstracts accepted for presentation (oral or poster) will be sent by e-mail no later thanSeptember 30, 2013.
Program Tracks:

Authors are requested to note on their abstract its applicability to one of the following topics:

  • Adjusted standards and protocols in disaster medicin
  • Community and municipal authorities in emergencies & disaste
  • Cyber terrorism and its implications onhealth services preparedness
  • Decision making in emergencies & disasters
  • Disaster Scene investigation
  • Disease outbreaks and epidemics,prevention and control
  • Emergencies & disasters nursing
  • Emergencies & disasters management – Command, Control, Coordination & Communication
  • Emergency medicine in mass gatherings
  • Emerging, conventional and CBRNe threats
  • Ethics in emergencies & disasters
  • Evaluation of emergency preparedness & response
  • Healthcare planning & optimization in emergencies & disasters
  • Human resource utilization during disasters
  • Information systems in emergencies & disasters
  • International humanitarian aid 
  • Leadership in emergencies & disasters
  • Lessons learned from recent emergencies & disasters
  • Logistic management of emergencies & disasters
  • Maintaining public health following emergencies
  • Managing acute stress reactions following emergencies
  • Military and civilian collaboration during emergencies
  • Natural disasters
  • Political considerations in emergency preparedness
  • Promoting population & systems' resilience
  • Risk assessment & vulnerability reduction
  • Risk communication, social media, and public behavior in emergencies & disasters
  • Safety and security of medical facilities
  • Search and Rescue operations during disasters
  • Surveillance & monitoring systems 
  • Training and exercises to promote emergency preparedness T
  • Triage systems and mechanisms during disaster                                                                                       
  • Technological innovations to facilitate disaster medicine
  • Volunteers in emergencies & disasters
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General Info

Exhibition & Sponsorship Opportunities


IPRED 2013 invites you to exhibit your company's products and services

As a sponsor/ exhibitor of IPRED 2014, your company will receive direct exposure in front of a focused international audience of customers and business partners. 

We will work with you to design a package uniquely suited to your company’s current marketing aims.
For more information, please contact us at :

The exhibition space will be located within the conference and breaks space at our hosting venue to assure maximum possible opportunities for contact with the participants.


Sponsors / Supporters



Exhibit hours, program

All participants are invited to view the exhibition during the hours 09:00-18:00, on Monday and Tuesday, 13-14th January 2014 

Organising Agency

 The Israeli Ministry of Health and the Home Front Command

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