The 12th CMDR COE Annual Conference on Crisis Management and Disaster Response and 3rd International Conference on ENVIROnmental protection and disaster RISKs

The 12th CMDR COE Annual Conference on Crisis Management and Disaster Response and 3rd International Conference on ENVIROnmental protection and disaster RISKs

The 12th CMDR COE Annual Conference on Crisis Management and Disaster Response and 3rd International Conference on ENVIROnmental protection and disaster RISKsDate: (04-06-2024)


Format: In-person at the CMDR COE, Sofia, Bulgaria; online (VTC)



 National Geoinformation Center



Institute of Information and Communication Technologies-BAS

National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography-BAS


Newly arising security challenges are critical to the operations and performance improvement within Crisis Management and Disaster Response domain. Furthermore, a more adaptive and comprehensive approach towards the new security challenges is needed.


The event is a platform for interaction and exchange among the CMDR community of interest SMEs from NATO, NATO Allies and Partners and participating organizations. The event focuses on the evolving security environment and the multiple challenges of distinct origin we have to meet, further examined in specialized panels. The conference will discuss the potential adaptive and comprehensive approach towards the arising security challenges in the Crisis Management and Disaster Response domain.


Placing the focus on these themes, the CMDR COE seeks to draw attention to adequate preparedness and contribute to timely adaption within the CMDR domain to NATO’s continuous transformation.



1. Disaster Management, Natural Hazards, Risk Reduction and Building Resilience

    ▪ Disaster Medicine

    ▪ Risk Management and Assessment

    ▪ Natural and Human Induced Hazard


2. Climate Change Challenges and Security Implications

     ▪ Climate Change Challenges and Security Implications

     ▪ Air Pollution and Health

     ▪ Security Implications

     ▪ Water Resources

     ▪ Ecology

     ▪ Waste Management

     ▪ Flooding and Wildfire


3. Resilience and Business Continuity Management (BCM)


4. High Performance Computing, Modeling & Simulations, GIS forenvironmental monitoring and Artificial Intelligence


The ENVIRORISKs conference proceeding accepted peer reviewed papers will be published as Springer series: “Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems”, which is Scopus visible and has SJR ranking.


Paper Submission Guidelines:

Authors are invited to submit papers via the Easy Chair submission site by choosing the appropriate track.  

Submission via e-mail will not be processed.

Each registered Author can submit at the conference no more than two (2) contributions. For each contribution, the authors should pay a conference fee.


Paper submission link


Template for the Springer Proceeding paper contribution in Word format: Download

Template for the Springer Proceeding paper contribution in LaTex format: Download

Springer copyright form template: Download 

Permission Third Party Form: Download

Release Third Party Form: Download 

Springer Guidelines for Proceedings: Download

The maximum size of paper for upload is 20 Mb. 

Third party rights holder permission forms for visual and text content usage have to be duly signed and sent along with copy right form in the cases when the paper submitted is not result only of the listed authors work.




Abstracts: 20 February 2024 (extended)

Notification of abstracts acceptance: 20 March 2024 (extended)

Full paper submission for reviewer's evaluation: 30 April 2024

Final full paper submission for the Proceeding: 31 July 2024


Conference fee:
For people publishing acticle participating in person in Sofia: 300 euros
For people publishing article with participation on-line: 150 euros
For people with no lecture or article participating in person in Sofia: 100 euros
For people with no lecture or article participating on-line: 50 euros


Conference fee: NLT 20 May 2024

Conference fee for PhD Students: NLT 05 Sep 2024

No fee will be charged to military personnel, governmental employees and governmental educational institutions from the Sponsoring Nations and the Framework Nation.


The CMDR COE Bank Account:


Bank name:



UniCredit Bulbank




Bank address (incl. country):

7 Sveta Nedelya Sq., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria


Account number (IBAN)





SWIFT / BIC / BLZ / ABA routing number




Account name


Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence




The conference agenda will be published soon.


Points of contact for the event:


Desislav ZMEEV | COL (OF-5), BGR-A 

Capabilities Branch Chief, CMDR COE


Office: +359 2 92 24705 / Cell: +359 898 795 527



Hristina HRISTOVA | LTC (OF-4), BGR

Concept Development and Experimentation Expert, CMDR COE


Office: +359 2 92 24754 / Cell: +359 887 213 554




Speakers of the THE 12TH CMDR COE Annual Conference on Crisis Management and Disaster Response and 3rd International Conference on ENVIROnmental protection and disaster RISKs








Ms. Swathi Veeravalli currently serves as the Director for Climate Security and Adaptation in the National Security Council’s Climate & Energy directorate in the White House.  In this role, she serves as the Executive Office of the President’s principal climate security and global adaptation expert to formulate and implement U.S. government policy to minimize global food, water, and energy risk and tradeoffs. She previously served at United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and helped shape, synchronizes and assesses USAFRICOM’s security cooperation priorities in Africa.  Prior to joining USAFRICOM, Ms. Veeravalli led the Strategic Integration Office’s development of national security objectives on contingency operations to ensure force protection and readiness for the Combat Engineer Regiment, while at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). 

Having worked and traveled in over 90 countries, Ms. Veeravalli has several years of experience in international development, civil-military engagement, and grass-tops advocacy.  She holds a Master of Science in Water Science, Policy & Management from the University of Oxford.  At Oxford, she researched peri-urban water development with field-work in Kenya and Botswana.  Ms. Veeravalli also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs concentrating in African Politics and Development from the George Washington University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.    Swathi is a dedicated civil servant who is committed to addressing domestic and global challenges and core systemic risks to security in the Anthropocene.




 Dr. Arafat has a wide experience in operational coordination of emergency services, he participated and organized numerous training courses and seminars in the field of emergency medical care, control and coordination of emergency services, emergency management, etc.

Starting with 2007, he coordinated the activity of many institutional structures and strategic programmes for Emergency Situations, among them: Healthcare System for Emergencies and Disasters in the Ministry of Health, as well as the Department for Emergency Situations that coordinates the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, General Inspectorate of Aviation, Emergency Medical Services and Mountain Rescue in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

On the same line, Dr. Arafat is a member of several scientific and professional organizations in the field of emergency medicine and disaster medicine (both at domestic and international level), as well as author and co-author of several textbooks, books, documents and articles.

Dr. Raed Arafat received academic titles and distinctions conferred by prestigious, national and international organisms, such as Legion of Honour at the class of Chevalier offered by the President of France, International Emergency Medicine Leadership Award from American Academy of Emergency Medicine, National Order For Merit at the class of Chevalier and Officer offered by the President of Romania for the whole scientific and research activity, for the outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of information technology and communications in Romania.


Major General Maciej KLISZ enlisted in the Polish Armed Forces as a cadet in the Officer School of Mechanized Infantry in 1991. Upon graduation in 1995, he was commissioned a second lieutenant. Then, he was assigned to the 6th Airborne Brigade, where he served as a rifle platoon leader, staff officer, and rifle company commander. In 2001, he successfully completed the AIRBORNE School, PATHFINDER School, and RANGER School in Fort Benning, USA. Later, in 2005, he graduated from the National Defence Academy in Warsaw and then completed Post-Graduate Operational and Tactics Studies.

In 2006, he joined the Polish Special Operations Forces, where he served for eleven years in strategic (the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces), operational (the Polish Special Operations Command), and tactical (the COMMANDO Unit) level positions. He was also assigned to the NATO and European Union Response Forces Operations Command in Germany (2007-2010) as a Special Operations Forces Advisor. Furthermore, MG Maciej KLISZ graduated from the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS) and Senior Executive Seminar (SES) at the George Marshall Center in Germany and various courses, including NATO Operational Planning, NATO Special Operations planning courses, Special Operations Aviation Planning Course, NATO Reserve Forces as well as the strategic projects’ management courses.

From 2016 to 2023, MG Maciej KLISZ served in the Polish Territorial Defence Forces (POL TDF). In 2020, he became a superior graduate after completing studies at the US Army War College (USAWC) in Carlisle, USA. He also holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies. He matured the POL TDF, leaving the formation comprising more than 39,000 soldiers and contractors. In October 2023, the President of Poland assigned MG Maciej KLISZ as an Operational Commander of the Polish Armed Forces.

MG Maciej KLISZ deployed to Bosnia-Hercegovina twice as a platoon leader and rifle company commander (1996-1997 and 1999-2000). Then, he deployed to Afghanistan as a Chief of Staff of the NATO Special Operations Component Command (NSOCC-A) in 2015.

His awards include the Afghan Star Campaign Medal, the Military Cross of Merit with Swords, the US Bronze Star Medal, the Medal of Merit for National Defence, the Medal of the Armed Forces in the Service of the Fatherland, the Medal for Long Service, the Medal of the Slovakian Special Operations Forces, and several NATO Medals.

MG Maciej KLISZ enjoys rare occasions spent in his mountain hut far from civilization, studio photography, and good books. He is also an author of numerous articles, analyses, and papers on special operations policies and operational employment, professional military education, international military cooperation, strategy development, and territorial and volunteer formations. MG Maciej KLISZ is married to Halina, and they have one daughter, Magdalena




Chief Commissioner Alexander Dzhartov currently serves as the DIRECTOR OF THE GENERAL Directorate of Fire Safety and Civil Protection, Ministry of Interior, Republic of Bulgaria.

He was born in 1980 and graduated in 2002 from the Academy of the Ministry of Interior, Faculty of Fire and Emergency Safety. In 2005 he obtained a Master's degree at the Academy of the Ministry of the Interior, Faculty of Fire and Emergency Safety.

He has successively held the following positions:

  Instructor 1st degree and Instructor 2nd degree in DPC, PD and RO at RSPAB - Radomir, Ministry of Interior;

  Second Degree Chief of the Radomir Regional Fire Brigade at the Pernik Regional Ministry of Interior;

   Head of the Pernik Regional Fire Brigade, Ministry of Interior;

  Director of the Directorate "Critical Infrastructure, Prevention and Control" at the General Directorate "Fire Safety and Civil Protection", Ministry of Interior;

  Director of the Directorate "State Control and Prevention" at the General Directorate "Fire Safety and Civil Protection", Ministry of Interior.



Assoc. Prof. Petya Trifonova graduated in geophysics at the University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski” in 1998. She has a PhD in "Earth Magnetism and Gravimetry" accomplished in the Geophysical Institute of BAS and over 15 years of professional experience, including as a student lecturer and supervisor of doctoral students. Assoc. Prof. Petya Trifonova is an expert in geophysical data processing, analysis and interpretation of gravity and geomagnetic anomalies.

 In cooperation with other departments, she participates in many different projects, including seismic hazard assessment, natural disaster and risk analysis for the region of Bulgaria and the Balkans. Currently, Assoc. Prof. Petya Trifonova is Deputy Director of the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and is responsible for operational activities related to seismology, geophysics, geodesy and others.


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