Institute of Civil Protection and
Emergency Management
Uniting Academics with Professionals to
Promote Excellence in Civil Protection


The Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies - Founded in 1938, 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.

The Institute of Emergency Management was incorporated in 1996 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.

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.

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 include:

  • 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

To view or download a letter from the Chairs of both Institutes please click the following link. pdf  Merger Letter (92.3 kB)