October 14-15, 2023
International Hellenic University,
Thermi Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece

The Institute for the Management of Refugee Flows and Crises of the International Hellenic University (IHU) organizes an International Conference on Humanitarian Crisis Management (KRISIS 2023) in Thessaloniki, Greece on October 14-15, 2023.

The conference aims to bring together academics, professionals and practitioners working on humanitarian crisis management to present research, development, and field experience in all areas of interest.

Humanitarian crises are growing in numbers and impacts. They are highly complex and often directly and indirectly interconnected. Moreover, they are deeply rooted in social issues and affected by human factors. Disasters, wars, and conflicts among others may trigger or contribute to humanitarian crises. Furthermore, other crises, such as the global financial crisis, may become humanitarian crises. There is growing concern about the more recent humanitarian crises, such as the refugee crisis due to the war in Ukraine, the continuing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis. Climate related disasters such as floods, droughts, wildfires and extreme temperatures have severe impacts including human losses and suffering, property losses and economic impacts. Humanitarian crises and disasters severely affect all areas of the globe, yet disproportionately affect the developing countries. Managing and reducing the risks of humanitarian crises and disasters is crucial for achieving sustainable development and resilient societies. Identification and better understanding of the risks eventually leads to better risk management and reduction of humanitarian crises and disasters. Addressing the social roots of humanitarian crises contributes positively in this direction.

In the context of humanitarian crisis management, topics cover mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery phases. They include but are not limited to:

  • Risk Management and Reduction
  • Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Humanitarian Technologies
  • Tools and methodologies for humanitarian crisis management based on social sciences
  • Sphere Standards and Refugee Site Planning and Management
  • Migration Flows: Trends, Challenges and Lessons Learned
  • Environmental and financial impacts of humanitarian crises
  • Sustainability of humanitarian operations
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Case studies and field experience

The conference will include regular sessions, round tables and special sessions. The conference is going to be held in English.

A special session will include research work of students of the interinstitutional M.Sc. in Humanitarian Logistics and Crisis Management.



General Chair

Dr. Maria Drakaki
Director of the IHU Institute for the Management of Refugee Flows and Crises
Professor in Humanitarian Engineering, Department of Science and Technology, University Center of International Programmes of Studies, IHU, Greece


Dr. Diego Vega
Director of the Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute)
Assistant Professor, Hanken School of Economics, Finland


Panagiotis Bozanis
International Hellenic University

Hacer Güner Gören
Pamukkale University

Heleni Herakleous
International Hellenic University

Leonidas Karakatsanis
University of Macedonia

Dimitrios Karkanis
University of Macedonia

Dimitrios Kyrkilis
University of Macedonia

Vasileios Linardos
International Hellenic University

Ioannis Manos
University of Macedonia

Regina Mantanika
University of Macedonia

Matthew Matsaganis
Rutgers University

Paraskevi Nomikou
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Spiros Papakostas
International Hellenic University

Vaya Papanikolaou
International Hellenic University

Vasilis Peristeras
International Hellenic University

Eleni Sideri
University of Macedonia

Michalis Sioutas

Christos Tjortjis
International Hellenic University

Dimitris Tzetzis
International Hellenic University

Panagiotis Tzionas
International Hellenic University

Fotini Tsibiridou
University of Macedonia

Aimilia Voulvouli
University of Macedonia

Eftihia Voutira
University of Macedonia

Nikolaos Zaikos
University of Macedonia

Vasileios Zalidis
University of Macedonia

To be updated



All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

  • Scientific papers (4-6 pages)
  • Technical reports (up to 2 pages)

Paper template for technical report: paper template

Paper template for scientific paper: paper template

Papers should be submitted electronically to EasyChair via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=krisis2023

The accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings (indexed in Google Scholar).


Paper submission deadline (extended): 05 September 2023 18 September 2023 20 September 2023 (final deadline)

Notification of acceptance: 25 September 2023

Final paper submission: 01 October 2023

Registration deadline: 14 October 2023


For each accepted paper, author registration should be completed by one of the authors.

Registration Type (in euros) Before September 30 After September 30
Author registration 30 35
Additional papers 10 for earch additional paper 10 for earch additional paper
Participant registration free free
Student registration free free

All participants (joining in-person or virtual) must register following the instructions below.

Each accepted paper must be accompanied by one author registration and payment. Only accepted and presented papers will be included in the conference proceedings.

Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants.

To complete the registration, authors should submit payments to the following account of SPECIAL ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE of IHU:

IBAN:  GR5901722610005261091742256

In the place of stating the reαson of the transaction please include your FULL NAME and the code 81283.

Please send a copy of the bank proof payment via email to krisis@ihu.edu.gr.

Registration deadline: 14 October 2023




Saturday, October 14

Sunday, October 15


The conference will take place at the University Center of International Programmes of Studies, Thermi campus, of the International Hellenic University.


For any enquiry regarding KRISIS 2023, please contact us at the following email address:

Email: krisis@ihu.edu.gr