EMS Workshop 2018

5th International Workshop on Planning of Emergency Services: Interdisciplinary approaches for Recent Challenges

Date: 19th & 20th September, 2018

Venue: Karlsruhe Palace and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


The 5th International Workshop on Planning of Emergency Services’ brings together practitioners and scientists from different research areas and creates an informal setting. The aim of this workshop is to openly discuss current and future opportunities and challenges for emergency medical services systems worldwide.

This is an ideal setting, particularly for early career researchers, to present and discuss their current research.

Practitioners working in the field as well as academic researchers from different disciplines will join the workshop and stimulate discussions and ideas for interdisciplinary approaches.


The workshop consists of two parts:

  • Wednesday (September 19th) will have a scientific focus with scheduled talks.
  • Thursday (September 20th) will be used for open discussions and work in smaller groups on topics that we have identified on the previous day.

Please find the programm overview here. 

Topics of interest

  • Forecasting emergency call volumes in time and space
  • Location problems for ambulances, bases and helicopters
  • Ambulance dispatching and relocation approaches
  • Staffing models and personnel scheduling
  • Models for emergency call centres
  • Simulation models for emergency planning
  • Design of information systems, user-assistance, apps etc.
  • Health services research for EMS
  • Other disciplines and topics related to EMS

Important dates

  • Deadline abstract submission (up to 500 words): August 31st, 2018 | Please send an email to melanie.reuter∂kit.edu
  • Deadline registration: September 12th, 2018 | Please register by sending an email to melanie.reuter∂kit.edu | Participation is free of charge


  • Dr. Melanie Reuter-Oppermann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Dr. Andrea Raith (University of Auckland)
  • Dr. Sebastian Rachuba (University of Wuppertal)