14th Annual Institute on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management: Rebuilding the Field for Resilience

Virtual: Monday, June 26, 2023
In-Person: Wednesday, June 28 & Thursday, June 29, 2023
Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by Temple University
See current sponsors

Call for proposals now open!

The Annual Institute for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the risk management issues faced daily by higher education organizations and institutions. This event is for anyone in international education interested in learning more about supporting the wellbeing and safety of travelers.

The Institute will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will provide participants with a wealth of tools to review, strengthen, and improve institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, incident prevention, emergency response, and overall well being for travelers and professionals.

Goals of the Institute

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad by analyzing requirements and sharing examples of best practices;
  • Explore approaches from within as well as outside the field of education abroad; and
  • Enhance the overall safety and security of education abroad for the benefit of all participants.

Themes of interest to this year’s Institute

  • The changing landscape of students’ experiences abroad (including research, internships, service learning, short-term), travel to more non-traditional locations, and meeting the personalization and customization needs of current students.
  • Promoting emotional wellbeing for faculty, staff, and students
  • Supporting faculty, staff, and student travelers through robust pre-departure preparation to encourage resilience and emotional wellbeing, increase risk mitigation, and promote positive outcomes
  • Best practices for supporting the health, safety, and security of underserved and underrepresented populations in education abroad
  • Preparing faculty to lead education abroad programs: defining roles, responsibilities, and good practices in faculty-led programs
  • Accomplishing more with less and managing competing priorities in under-resourced offices:
    • Scaling for reduced staffing/resources
    • Changing definition of risk management profession
    • One person offices vs teams of support
  • Climate change and its impact on risk assessment and mitigation in education abroad (i.e. wildfires, natural disasters)
  • Grappling with impossible questions (for example: nuclear fallout, cybersecurity, etc.) and setting expectations with stakeholders

The field of international risk management and global health, safety, and security: seeking a full-time health and safety role, advocating for a position at your institution, collaborating with other practitioners, and thinking strategically amidst the ever-evolving state of higher education.

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Call for Proposals
Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2023

The Institute Planning Committee designed this event to address the needs of practitioners responsible for health, safety, and security, and risk management in education abroad. Therefore, proposals should reflect an advanced level of understanding and practice.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Forum offers unparalleled opportunities for visibility to audiences across the education abroad and global learning space. To sponsor this or one of our other events please visit our Event Sponsorship Opportunities page.


Full Conference (in-person and virtual)

Registration Type Early-Bird Fee Regular Fee Late Registration
MEMBER $399 $449 $499
NON-MEMBER $499 $549 $599

Virtual only

Registration Type Early-Bird Fee Regular Fee Late Registration
MEMBER $99 $149 $199
NON-MEMBER $149 $199 $249


Note: All presenters are required to register for the Institute by the early-bird deadline. Registration will open in 2023.

*To register for the Institute, you’ll need to sign into our online portal. If you haven’t yet set up your account in the portal, you can follow the instructions here

Current Sponsors


Mercer Mercer: For over 75 years, providing trusted advice and solutions to build healthier and more sustainable futures for their clients, colleagues and communities.


Sara's wish foundation logo Sara’s Wish Foundation: Generously Supports Health and Safety Programming at The Forum on Education Abroad with Scholarships.