RIMMA2025 - International Conference on Forecasting, Preparedness, Warning, and Response

Visualization, Communication, and Information Management

28 - 31 January 2025, University of Bern, Switzerland

RIMMA2025 Conference


The RIMMA conference is being held for the first time in Bern, Switzerland, where we have a long tradition in hazard cartography and integrated management of natural hazards and risks.

Information and warnings are decisive elements in integrated risk management. Warnings increase preparedness and are one of the organizational measures (along with forecasts and emergency planning) to respond to hazards and risks. (Near-)Real-time data and warnings need to be available, accessible, communicable, and understandable and must be issued and distributed according to the needs of various target groups. User-centered impact-based warnings aim to complement meteorological forecasts with impact forecasts. This requires a dedicated collaboration between meteorological services, warning services, and user groups.

Visualization, communication, and information management are crucial for effective forecasting, nowcasting, and warning systems and thus are the key to better disaster prevention and management. Cartography and visualization, in general, offer various means for this. Today’s maps are (almost entirely) digital: web-based, interactive, and updated in real time. However, visualization of spatiotemporal data streams and impact-based warnings comprise maps and full Geoinformation-Systems, including digital twins and multi-media (text, images, virtual reality, storytelling).

Open questions remain to be discussed and answered regarding user-centered information management, large data processing, visualization, and communication of operational consequences as well as humanitarian and economic impacts of natural hazards, visualization of uncertainties, and other perspectives coming from geovisualization, cognitive visualization, interoperability of systems, standardization of processes, distribution channels of early warnings, and early action.

Keynote speakers (confirmed)

  • Georg Gartner (TU Vienna, ICA President)
  • Shen Jie (Nanjing Normal University, ICA Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management)
  • Jürg Luterbacher (WMO)
  • Leonardo Milano (UN OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data)
  • Pamela Probst & Thomas Röösli (MeteoSwiss)
  • Katrin Schneeberger (Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, Chair of the Steering Committee on Intervention in Natural Hazards)

Date and venue

The conference will take place in Bern, Switzerland, 28-31 January 2025, University of Bern, UniS building, near university main building, city, and railway station.

On January 31st, 2025, two scientific excursions to the Jungfraujoch High Altitude Research Station (www.hfsjg.ch) or to the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo in Wabern near Bern will be organized (optional).

Important dates

  • 30 April 2024: Registration opened
  • NEW 31 Augusts 2024: Submission of session proposals
  • 31 August 2024: Submission of abstracts and full papers
  • 31 October 2024: Confirmation of acceptance of session proposal, abstract or full paper
  • 1 December 2024: Submission of final abstract or full paper
  • 8 January 2025: Registration closes
  • 28-30 January 2025: Conference, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 31 January 2025: Scientific excursion to Jungfraujoch or the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo


In case of questions, inquiries, requests, please contact us by email rimma2025.oeschger@unibe.ch.
If you need an invitation letter, please contact us also by email.

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