"Uniting Academics with Professionals to Promote Excellence in Civil Protection"

Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management

Since its formation the IEM was actively involved in achieving these targets and had constantly pressed for high standards of professional practice at national and local levels as well as exchanging ideas and publication of information at international levels. As an Institute it has frequently been consulted for its professional views, comments and advice by the media, commercial, government and other bodies. The work continued in these respects and its members actively participated in Conferences and seminars at international level on a wide range of subjects relevant to the management of major incidents.

1st January 2009 - The ICPEM was formed

Why merge?

Recognising that there was considerable synergy and overlap between the two, the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies (ICDDS) and the Institute of Emergency Management (IEM) merged on 1 January 2009, to form the Institute of Civil  Protection & Emergency Management

The benefits of the merger included:

  • An improved package and offering for current and new members;
  • A greater say and influence in matters affecting civil protection at all levels;
  • Wider access to eminent sources of background information, experience and knowledge
  • Greater access to resources, thus strengthening the scope to generate conferences, study days, newsletters, periodicals, exercises and briefings for the benefit of members and the profession as a whole.
  • The bringing together of both educators and professionals, to ensure that what is being taught is to the benefit of those in the field and those aspiring to take up work in the field 

The Objectives of the Icpem

  • To promote public safety and to protect the lives and property of citizens Worldwide

  • To advance education in the science or art of civil protection

  • To provide for the relief of poverty, sickness and distress among those who shall be the victims of or suffer from the effects or aftermath of enemy attacks on civilian populations and/or disasters and emergencies in wartime and peacetime

  • To foster international communication and cooperation in all aspects of civil protection and emergency management

  • To promote the highest standards of study and research into all aspects of emergencies and disasters

  • To promote, and assist in, the education and training of all members of the emergency management community including the wider business continuity profession

  • To represent the views of its members to government and other bodies

  • To act as a repository for information for the benefit of members and others

  • To disseminate recognised research and information which could beneficially influence public and private emergency management practices

The Vision of the Institute

To be an independent and collaborating forum from which emergency professionals, academics and business will collectively champion civil protection and emergency management.’

The Mission of the Institute

'To bring together emergency professionals, academics and business, in order to provide an informed and influential voice on all aspects of civil protection and emergency management'



1938 - The Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies  was founded,

The Institute of Civil Defence & Disaster Studies was the United Kingdom’s oldest learned society wholly dedicated to international disaster studies & research, & had worldwide membership.

Since then, as the international environment changed, so has civil protection, progressing through the principles of ‘Integrated Emergency Management’ to the current use of a multi-disciplinary ‘capabilities’ or ‘resilience’ approach, planning to mitigate threats & consequences from any cause including natural events, terrorism, socio-technological catastrophe & system failure

1996 The Institute of Emergency Management was incorporated by professional emergency planners and managers who recognised the need to research and improve the response to major incidents and their immediate and long-term co-ordinated management.

In so doing it was also aware of the necessity of promoting the education and training of key members of the emergency services and others, including the public, in the essential skills to deal with civil emergencies.