11/13/2023 - 11/14/2023

DiMiMED - International Conference on Disaster and Military Medicine


12th DiMiMED Conference / 11 - 12 November 2024, Trade Fair Duesseldorf

Your tickets includes also entrance to MEDICA Trade Fair

ABOUT 2023 ...

11th DiMiMED Conference - 13-14 November 2023



“Adjusting Global and National Health Services in order to Optimize Emergency Medical Response to Overwhelming Humanitarian Crises, Complex or otherwise, following Saturation of current Surge Capacities” 

Concise report of the 11th DiMiMED 2023

Brigadier General (ret.) Erwin Dhondt, MD, MSc, MHA, SFS 
Co-Chairman DiMiMED

The 11th DiMiMED International Conference on Disaster and Military Medicine took place on November 13 and 14, 2023 in Düsseldorf, Germany, as a unique side event of the MEDICA Fair, the world’s largest gathering of the medical industrial sector. This scientific meeting brought together about 200 participants from 33 different countries worldwide and was also attended by 22 partners and sponsors from the medical industry, under the expert leadership of the professional congress organizer ‘BETA Publishing and Marketing Company’.

After an encouraging Welcome Address by Michael Degen, Executive Director of the Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Major General (Air) Bernard PHALEG, the newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer of the Belgian Defense, set the scene whilst delivering the Official Opening Speech on concepts such as ‘Total Defense’, societal resilience, civil-military cooperation and the establishment of an operational reserve, followed by an inspiring Keynote by Dutch Colonel Dr. Wynand Korterink (NLD Army), the Surgeon General of the 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps. He explained how the society’s health and healthcare systems are impacted by warfighting or other disruptive shocks and how to respond thereto.

Each of the two conference days started with general insights into evolving Disaster and Military Medicine brought together every morning in an exciting session on ‘Moving Points’, chaired by both scientific hosts and co-chairmen, Colonel (ret.) Gerald Kerr (IRL) and Brigadier General (ret.) Dr. Erwin Dhondt (BEL).

Traditionally, 4 consecutive panels were skillfully led by an equal number of moderators, who largely also guaranteed their composition.

On Day 1 of the conference, the ‘CBRN Medical Management’ session, compiled and directed by US Army Lieutenant Colonel Tommy Rezentes, from the Office of the US Army Surgeon General and also serving as the chair of the NATO COMEDS CBRN Medical Training Panel.

The late-afternoon module was on ‘Combat Medical Care’, moderated by Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Florent Josse, an operational anesthetist from the Deutsche Bundeswehr Health Service, working in the Military Hospital of Ulm.

The first module on Day 2 was about ‘Mental Health’, moderated, for several years now, by a loyal ally of DiMiMED, retired Dutch Army Colonel Professor Dr. Eric Vermetten, teaching at the Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands.

A session entitled ‘Disaster Medicine and the Humanitarian Perspective’ concluded the 2nd day’s program. That had been designed and was chaired by Dr. John Quinn, an academic research fellow at the First Faculty of Medicine at Charles University in Prague, in the Czech Republic.

As such, very specific, although complementary subjects passed through the parade: from military and humanitarian disaster considerations in far forward medicine, also when in such settings, health care might be in danger, to recognizing sentinel signs of radiation exposure, autonomous battlefield care & disaster evacuation, prolonged field care in conflict and disasters and rehabilitation thereafter, but also talking about protecting the health of responders and humanitarian workers, or about moral injury in military veterans and civilians or even fostering mental resilience in the context of climate-related disasters.

Unfortunately, also this year, the war in Ukraine created a considerable need for discussion and coordination across countries, urging us again to address issues of evolving casualty care on the ‘modern’ battlefield.

The clinical presentations were interspersed by additional industrial contributions. Attendees were encouraged to feed Q&A sessions but also to approach and interact with the speakers and the ‘on-site’ exhibitors during the various – meanwhile extended – coffee and lunch breaks. 

The positive feedback that we have already received from our participants, thanks to our survey, encourages us to continue with the same momentum for next year’s edition, but also to think about an additional track such as perhaps on force health protection or occupational military health, about original topics of disaster medical management, and why not about a ‘round table panel discussion’ with international opinion leaders and decision makers with even more room for networking and exchanges of ideas. 

So, save of the date for 2024! You're coming too, right!

Join us at the 12th DiMiMed International Conference alongside the MEDICA Trade Fair at ‘Messe’ Düsseldorf: 11 – 12 November 2024.



Dr. Gerald M. Kerr
Colonel (ret)
Former Surgeon General
& Director Medical Corps Irish Defence Forces


Dr. Erwin Dhondt
Brigadier General (ret)
Former Director General Health & Well-being of the Belgian Defence Forces

NEWS - Programme 2023:

Opening speech

… by Belgian Major General (Air) Bernard Phaleg, Chief Strategy Officer of the Belgian Defense (Brussels, BEL)


… by Dutch Colonel Dr. Wynand Korterink, MD (NLD Army), Surgeon general of the 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps (Münster, DEU)



Dr. John Quinn (USA)

Col. (ret.) Prof. Dr. Eric Vermetten (NLD)

Lt. Col. Tommy Rezentes JR, MS (USA)

Lt. Col. Dr. Florent Josse (GER)


Col. (ret.) Gerald Kerr (IRL)
& Brig. Gen. (ret.) Erwin Dhondt (BEL)



This competition affords an opportunity to all Military Medical Officers to display the results of their research in poster format at the Conference.

The winner will receive a financial award and has the opportunity to give a brief oral presentation on the project. 

Electronic versions of the final poster presentation must be received by the Scientific Committee by 1st November. Please send them to

Further details can be forwarded on request, but the purpose of this communication is to give “notice of intent”, so that planning and research can begin!

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Get together with Beta Publishing and leave unique footprints on the conference which is your chance to be an essential part of an exclusive and extraordinary event.

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DiMiMED Sales Brochure-2023

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Save The Date: 13 - 16 November 2023

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The DiMiMED is a part of the MEDICA! 

Those who would like to experience must not miss this opportunity.

The healthcare market is growing. The medical industry is making great strides towards the future. Fortunately, there is a place that allows you to move along with it. It is here that concentrated competence meets. And where you can keep up-to-date with the entire range of medical high-tech products and current know-how. MEDICA in Düsseldorf – in terms of innovation, a decisive heartbeat ahead of the rest.

Reports of our DiMiMED conferences:

10th DiMiMED 2022
Click here for reading the report & program 2022.

9th DiMiMED 2021
Click here for reading the report & program 2021.
Click here to see the scientific posters of the 9th DiMiMED

8th DiMiMED 2020
Click here for reading the report & program 2020.

7th DiMiMED 2019
Click here for reading the report & program 2019

6th DiMiMED 2018
Click here for reading the report 2018

Impressions of the 11th DiMiMED 2023:
(Photographer: Barbara Frommann)


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