5th International Conference on Dynamics of Disasters, DOD 2021

July 14-19, 2021
Athens, Greece


Humans experience a wide array of disasters that generally fall into two categories: natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, etc.; and unnatural, or man-made, disasters such as wars, explosions, wildfires, chemical spills, etc. Such disasters wreak havoc and provoke extensive and large-scale devastation, and carry extremely serious financial repercussions for nations, organizations, and individuals.

The study of dynamics of disasters is an important and worthwhile endeavour, with huge benefits for everyone. Join us in beautiful Athens, Greece on July 14 to 19, 2021, where experts share the latest findings on natural and unnatural disasters. We extend an invitation for those studying topics related to disasters to submit an abstract and paper and everyone to register to attend this fascinating and must-see conference.


General Chairs

Fuad Aleskerov
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Ilias S. Kotsireas
Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada
email: ikotsire@wlu.ca

Anna Nagurney
John F. Smith Memorial Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA
email: nagurney@isenberg.umass.edu

Panos M. Pardalos
Distinguished Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
email: pardalos@ufl.edu

Program committee chair

Prof. Chrysafis Vogiatzis
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

Chair of organizing committee

Sofia Papadaki
1.School of Economics, Business Administration & Legal Studies, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece
2.Institute for Bio-Economy and Agri-Technology, Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece
email: dod_papadaki@protonmail.com

Program Committee

  1. Irene Abi-Zeid (Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada)
  2. Bradley Adame (Arizona State University, USA)
  3. Fuad Aleskerov (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
  4. Ashwin Arulselvan (Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany)
  5. Adenrele Awotona (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA)
  6. Burcu Balcik (Ozyegin University, Industrial Engineering Department, Istanbul, Turkey)
  7. George Banias (iBO/CERTH, Greece)
  8. Angie Bistaraki (University of Peloponnese, Sparta, Greece)
  9. Vladimir L. Boginski (University of Florida, USA)
  10. Dirk Brockmann (Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  11. Sergiy Butenko (Texas A&M, USA)
  12. Marco Carvalho (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)
  13. Altannar Chinchuluun (Institute of Mathematics, National University of Mongolia)
  14. Monica G. Cojocaru (University of Guelph, Canada)
  15. Rasmus Dahlberg (Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research, Denmark)
  16. Patrizia Daniele (University of Catania, Italy)
  17. Aikaterini Deliali (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
  18. Stanislaw Grzeda (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, USA)
  19. Mario Guarracino (CNR, Italy)
  20. Jose Holguin-Veras (RPI, USA)
  21. Jimmy Huang (York University, Canada)
  22. Soumia Ichoua (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA)
  23. Jacquleen Joseph (Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India)
  24. Joo-Young Jung (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan)
  25. Athanasia Karakitsiou (Industrial Logistics, ETS Institute, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)
  26. Stavros Katsios (Ionian University, Corfu, Greece)
  27. Rob Kevlihan (Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin, Ireland)
  28. Susan W. Kieffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  29. Evangelos Kranakis (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
  30. Nina Mahmoudian (Michigan Technological University, USA)
  31. Bishawjit Mallick (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  32. Lina Mallozzi (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
  33. Athanasios Migdalas (Industrial Logistics, ETS Institute, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)
  34. Claude Miller (The University of Oklahoma, USA)
  35. Evangelos Mitsakis (Hellenic Institute of Transport, Thessaloniki, Greece)
  36. Diego Fernandez Otegui
  37. Jun Pei (Hefei University of Technology, China)
  38. Oleg Prokopyev (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA)
  39. Steffen Rebennack (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
  40. Olivier Rubin (Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark)
  41. Nickolas S. Sapidis (University of Western Macedonia, Greece)
  42. Dimitris E. Simos (SBA Research, Vienna, Austria)
  43. Peter M.A. Sloot (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  44. Karen Smilowitz (Northwestern University, USA)
  45. Xing Tan (York University, Canada)
  46. Fuminori Toyasaki (Logistics and Disaster and Emergency Management, York University, Toronto, Canada)
  47. Chrysafis Vogiatzis (University of Florida, USA)
  48. Tina Wakolbinger (Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, Vienna, Austria)
  49. Jose Walteros (University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA)
  50. Francesco Zirilli (Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)

Publicity Chair and Electronic Publishing Coordinator

Dalibor Dvorski (Conestoga College, Kitchener, Canada)


The DOD 2021 Conference Program will be posted as the time of the conference draws near.

Dynamics of Disasters — Published Proceedings

The published proceedings from our previous International Conferences on Dynamics of Disasters are available from Springer:


The conference takes place at: MBC Business Center, (Leof. Andrea Siggrou 106, Athina 117 41, Greece) located to the south of the Acropolis of Athens.



Generally, international attendees of the conference would arrive to one of:

For those planning to arrive to Thessaloniki Airport:
You may travel to Athens by a direct airplane flight, by train or by bus.
See Intercity (KTEL) Bus routes from Thessaloniki.

MBC Business Center is conveniently located close to metro train and tram stations and to Zan Moreas 19 Garage. See General Information on Transportation in Athens.

For tourism information on Athens, we recommend you review the Web page of Visit Greece.

Visa Invitation Letters

Participants of the conference that require visas in order to travel to Greece are kindly asked to contact the conference organizers to solicit an official invitation letter. Note that citizens of European Union countires do not require a visa to enter Greece, and will only require a valid passport or for Schengen countires, an identification card. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Isreael, Japan, New Zealand, Iceland, Switzerland, and USA do not require a visa in order to enter Greece for a period of less than 3 months. Citizens of countries other than the ones mentioned should contact their nearest Greek Consulate or Embassy. Please make sure that you deal with these matters as early as possible, in case you encounter unexpected processing delays and difficulties.


We extend an invitation for those studying topics related to disasters to submit an abstract and paper by clicking on this link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dod2021. Instructions are available here.
The paper submission deadline is April 20, 2021. See the full Call For Papers.
You may contact the conference organizers for any questions you may have. Abstracts and papers are to be typeset in Word or LaTeX and submitted as PDF files. A Springer proceedings volume is planned, containing papers presented at the conference.

Important Dates

Pre-conference dates:
TBD — abstract submission deadline
April 20, 2021 — paper submission deadline
TBD — notification of acceptance

Conference dates:
July 14, 2021 — arrival day
July 15-18, 2021 — Conference
July 19, 2021 — departure day


The conference registration fee includes access to all presentations, coffee and snacks during breaks, the conference banquet, the two conference excursions, and a copy of the Springer volume of proceedings.


early regular registration — €450 (before May 20, 2021)
early student registration — €350 (before May 20, 2021)
late regular registration — €550 (after May 20, 2021)
late student registration — €450 (after May 20, 2021)