PRiMO Conference

About the Conference

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) conference is the premier venue for community leaders interested in protecting Pacific Island communities from natural hazards. Each year, hundreds of participants gather to make connections, learn from each other, discuss ongoing initiatives, and design action plans.

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The diverse group of attendees includes heads of state, representatives from business, nonprofits, and environmental groups, and concerned citizens. Topics range from water quality to disaster management and economic sustainability. This diversity and collaborative focus is what makes PRiMO work. People and organizations must work together if communities are to become more resilient. The action plans must be far reaching if Pacific Island natural resources, quality of life, infrastructure, homes, economic framework, and citizen health and safety are to be preserved. This is a tall task that requires inhabitants of the region to work and learn together. PRiMO provides that opportunity.

PRiMO conferences offer at least 25 different sessions, many led by distinguished leaders and innovators. Field trips and preconference training sessions provide opportunities to increase professional skills and gain firsthand knowledge about active hazard-reduction activities. Participants return to their organizations with new skills, information, ideas, contacts, partners, and perspectives. They leave better equipped to find the creative solutions today's coastal hazard challenges require.

Each conference has a community resilience-focused theme. Attendees are encouraged to submit an abstract, for it is through sharing with one another that we all become stronger!

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2023 Conference

The Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO)

April 3 to 6, 2023

Honolulu, Hawai‘i

PRiMO is celebrating 20 years! Join us to address questions of equity and inclusion, consider pathways to adapt to the changing climate, and share ideas, lessons learned, and resources. We invite you to share perspectives from across the Pacific Islands region and beyond, to deepen discussions on science and technology, and explore solutions for a resilient future.

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2023 PRiMO Conference Theme

Equity and Resilience in a Changing World

Since PRiMO last met in 2020, the threats of climate change, a global pandemic, and the importance of social and environmental justice have sharpened in focus. We must re-envision fundamental questions of risk, vulnerability, and equity and reconsider pathways for a more resilient future for all Pacific Island communities.

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Call for Proposals

Proposal submission deadline is December 6, 2022.

The 2023 PRiMO Conference Planning Committee invites proposals that promote innovation and/or advance social equity and justice in the following areas:

  • Pre-disaster Planning and Preparedness
  • Housing and Infrastructure Resilience
  • Food and Water Security
  • Nature-based Infrastructure: Planning and Implementation

Submitting a Session Proposal

The 2023 PRiMO Conference is inviting proposals for the following session types:

Full-length Session Types (90 minutes):

    Talk Story Session: Session leaders provide an overview of the topic, question, or problem, followed by facilitated discussion (e.g., brainstorming, idea generation, sharing).

    Working Session: Focus on developing tangible outputs to specific issues/challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, scenario planning, tool critique, needs assessment, or soliciting feedback on prototypes.

    Panel Session: Convene a small group of speakers (2-4) to present on a topic or issue followed by open question and answer with the audience.

For all session types, please plan sufficient time for engagement with participants.

Individual Presentation (15 minutes): Presentation or tool demonstration on a topic relevant to PRiMO and its hui. Conference organizers will group accepted individual presentations into 90-minute sessions or recommend a poster presentation. Presentations on relevant research topics are encouraged.

Academic Posters: Abstracts for papers and posters focused on the thematic areas. Abstracts will be reviewed by a research committee.

Training Session (full or half day): Training and professional development opportunities can be full or half day and will be scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Training organizers may be required to cover a nominal fee to provide training if setup, registration, or other support is needed.

Guidance for Submitting a Proposal

Please submit a maximum 200-word abstract or session description using the PRiMO 2023 Conference Google Form. On the form, you will also be asked to identify the type of session you’re proposing and focus area, and provide your contact information and affiliation, as well as a list of the proposal’s presenters and coauthors (if applicable). Please ensure that your proposal is comprehensive and final since it will be evaluated by PRiMO’s Conference Committee shortly after submission.

Here are some guiding questions that the Conference Committee will be looking for when evaluating your proposal:

  1. How does the presentation/session further PRiMO’s vision and mission?
  2. Why is this topic important and relevant to the conference theme, “Equity and Resilience in a Changing World”?
  3. What is the overall goal/research question?
  4. What data/information is the basis for this session/presentation?
  5. What were the findings/main conclusions? For working sessions and panels, what outcomes do you expect?
  6. How does the session present innovative and novel ideas or research that would be of interest to the PRiMO audience?
  7. To what extent does the session or presentation plan to engage conference attendees?

If you would like to submit more than one session, you will need to complete separate submission forms for each session.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 16, 2022. Proposal decisions will be sent by email on January 15, 2023. Upon acceptance, you will have until January 30, 2022, to make minor revisions. If we do not receive an updated description by that date, we will use the description from your proposal in the conference program and other printed materials.

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Past Conferences

Did you know the first PRiMO convening was the Federal Hazard Mitigation Partners in the Pacific Islands Roundtable in March 2003? Since then, we’ve been holding meetings and conferences almost every year in Honolulu, Guam, American Samoa, and other locations. Learn more about our history and view past meeting and conference materials on the Our History page.

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