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Imagining Futures: Interstices and the Immateriality of Disasters

Welcome to NEEDS 2020, the fifth edition of the Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies, hosted by Mid Sweden University and organized by the Risk and Crisis Research Centre 10–12 March in Östersund, Sweden.

NEEDS 2020 is cancelled

We regret to inform you that Mid Sweden University has decided to cancel NEEDS 2020 due to the growing concerns regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus disease – COVID-19. Although extremely unfortunate, it was decided that a cancellation was the most responsible thing to do at this time and under these extraordinary circumstances.

Having said this, we are happy to announce that NEEDS 2020 will run as NEEDS 2021 here in Östersund with the same theme, 23-25 March, 2021. We will communicate more information as our planning for next year comes under way. Although there will be an additional call for panels, we would like to note already now that your panels and abstracts are accepted as they are, should you wish to keep them. We hope that you will decide to do so. We would like to extend a special thanks to the organizers of the next NEEDS and to the NEEDS series steering committee for their consideration and solidarity.

We will of course refund the registration fee in full. We will send information to all NEEDS participants within the next week regarding how to do this. 

For any queries regarding travel or accommodation refunds, we direct you to your insurance company, travel agency, airline or hotel. The conference organizers do not reimburse participants for any travel-related costs. In case you need a proof of postponement in order to save the allocated funding for next year or to get travel refunds, please let us know and we would be happy to send you one.

Finally, we sincerely regret any inconvenience we may have caused due to events outside our control. We realize that all of you panel organizers and presenters have invested a not insignificant amount of work and funding in your participation to this conference and we want to assure you that Mid Sweden University did not take this decision lightly. 

We will publish upcoming updates on this site. If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing committee at needs2020@miun.se.


Update about conference fee refunds (9 March)

Our Division of Finance is still working hard to administrate all conference fee refunds. Since this is the first time they handle this kind of situation, we kindly ask for your patience.

This is the information we can give you at this point:

  • Those of you who payed with credit card will be refunded to the same card/account. This will hopefully happen during next week or the week after.
  • Those of you who have not yet payed your invoice – don’t pay it and don’t worry about the expiry date. The invoice will be cancelled and no extra fees will be added.
  • Those of you who have payed your invoice – we are currently trying to find the most efficient way to identify your payments and refund your fees. More information will follow.