Oct, 22-24, 2024

    Eureka Spring, Arkansas

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    ZAMM2024: Managing Apocalyptic Risks

    In-person with select livestreams on Channel Zed

    Join us in Eureka Springs for an exciting conference about the science, medicine, art and culture of manging apocalyptic risks, in collaboration with the Nightmare in the Ozarks Film Festival. This year's meeting focuses on the ways humans manage apocalyptic risks, especially through cooperation, storytelling, entertainment and play. Special sessions and events will be focused on how humans manage risk through moving/traveling, building social relationships, and sharing information. We'll also feature talks about improvisation, gaming, counter-culture, and the role of festivals, gatherings and collective experiences of the arts in helping us deal with an increasingly apocalyptic present and uncertain future. Stay for the Nightmare in the Ozarks Film Festival (Oct 24-26), and the Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl (Oct 26) featuring cross-over events with ZAMM2024 and plenty of opportunities for apocalyptic fun.

  • Registration and Abstract Submission

    Abstract submission is open to any and all submissions that use zombies and/or the apocalypse as a tool for communicating about complex topics related to our shared future. Special sessions and events will be focused on how humans manage risk through moving/traveling, building social relationships, sharing information, improvising, gaming and collective experiences in helping us deal with an increasingly apocalyptic present and uncertain future. Abstracts on all topics related to zombies and the apocalypse are welcome, including parasitology, human/technology interactions, emergency medicine, public policy, psychology of influence, evolutionary biology of conflict and many other topics. Registration and abstract submission opens soon.

  • Travel & Lodging

    ZAMM2024 will take place in the lovely Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The meeting will be held at The Basin Hotel. Keep in mind that the weekend following the meeting is one of the busiest times for Eureka Spring so hotels will book fast. We recommend making a reservation as soon as possible.



    If you plan to stay for the whole week including the film festival and zombie crawl, we reccommend the Wanderoo Hotel, Osage Creek Lodge or AirBnB.


    If you plan to stay only for ZAMM, we recommend The Basin Park Hotel, New Orleans Hotel, or The Crescent Hotel. If you have questions about lodging options, please email our local host, Coltan Scrivner.



    Recommended airport is Northwest Arkansas (XNA) is approximately an hour and 15 minute drive from Eureka Springs. We recommend renting a car.


  • The Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting (ZAMM) is a radically interdisciplinary meeting that bridges science and the arts to grapple with the most pressing challenges of the present and the future. We define a zombie as an entity that is fully or partially under the control of another entity. This includes host-parasite interactions, autonomous technology, and coercion/control in human interactions. These dynamics - where one entity controls another - can lead to unanticipated biological, technological and social consequences. ZAMM brings together scientists, artists, doctors, lawyers, ethicists and futurists to engage with the challenges of zombification and the apocalyptic conditions that may be generated by or contribute to zombification. We use the zombie apocalypse as a lens through which we can engage about potentially frightening aspects of our present and future without fear and anxiety, but instead with imagination and creativity. The goal of ZAMM is to reduce the global burden of zombification and contribute to apocalypse prevention and preparedness through interdisciplinary engagement.


    Oct 20-23, 2022

    Arizona State University

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    Zeds, Drugs and Rock & Roll

    In-person & livestreamed on Channel Zed


    The 2022 ZAMM meeting took place at ASU's campus. Recordings from our live stream are available on Channel Zed.









  • ZAMM 2022 Featured Events

    Our 2022 meeting featured talks and events featuring scholars and artists.

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    Julie Sullivan Brace

    Julie Sullivan Brace is the co-founder of Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival, the founder of Roots and Boots Music Camp and an acclaimed graphic artist.

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    Baba Brinkman

    Baba Brinkman is a New York-based rap artist, best known for his "Rap Guide" series of science-themed albums, TEDx Talks, and off-Broadway theater productions.

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    Ed Hagen

    Ed Hagen is an Anthropologist and Evolutionary Biologist who studies the evolutionary basis for drug use, asking the question: Do humans use drugs to counter zombification threats from agents of infection?

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    Mzilikaze Koné

    Dr. Mzilikaze Koné is the host of Channel Zed's Zombie History and a Political Science Professor at College of the Desert. Join her for an exploration of Reggae and anti-zombification at ZAMM.

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    Shane Mauss

    Shane Mauss is a comedian, podcaster and festival producer who works with scientists and scholars to communicate their work in accessible ways.

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    Jessica Phillips-Silver

    Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver is a music neuroscience scholar, musician, speaker and artistic creator.

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    Dante’ Pope

    Dante’ Pope is a music director, and solo artist with roots in Chicago based in blues, gospel, jazz and soul music. He was featured on the 2019 GRAMMY-nominated album, ‘Black Cowboys.’

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    Mathew Sandoval

    Mathew Sandoval is a Senior Lecturer at Barrett the Honors College at ASU. He is a scholar, actor and choreographer whose research focuses on large-scale public celebrations of the transborder holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

  • Z-TV Guide ZAMM 2020

    Browse our guide to the ZAMM 2020 meeting and choose what to watch. Fully hyperlinked lineup starts on p. 9.

  • ZAMM2020

    Watch our sizzle reel from ZAMM2020

    Watch ZAMM on Channel Zed

    The Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting is a radically interdisciplinary meeting that bridges science and the arts to grapple with the most pressing challenges of the present and the future. We use the zombie apocalypse as a lens through which we can engage about potentially frightening aspects of our present and future without fear and anxiety, but instead with imagination and creativity. Our second meeting took place Oct 15-18, 2020 via livestream. You can watch it here or on Channel Zed.

    Watch all of our ZAMM shows on Channel Zed

    See all the livestreamed shows from ZAMM2020 on Channel Zed.

  • ZAMM 2018

    The first Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting, ZAMM 2018, was an in-person meeting held at ASU

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    Relive ZAMM 2018

  • The Team

    ZAMM is a production of Zombified Media

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    Zombie Apocalypse Planning Board

    ZAMM is planned by an interdisciplinary team based at ASU

    Athena Aktipis, Psychology, Channel Zed producer

    Joe Alcock, Emergency Medicine

    Liz Grumbach, Channel Zed collaborating producer

    Dave Lundberg-Kenrick, Channel Zed collaborating producer

    Erica O'Neil, Channel Zed collaborating producer

    Pamela Winfrey, Sci-Arts

    Emily Zarka, Gothic Literature & Monster Studies

  • Z-TV Guide

    Browse the listings for ZAMM2022.

  • Zombie Apocalypse Medicine

    Everything you need to know to survive the zombie apocalypse

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    Translational Zombie Theory

    The etiology and treatment of zombie-related diseases and disorders. Topics include rabies, toxoplasma gondii, resuscitation, trauma, microchimerism, parasite-associated mental illness, sickness behavior, sleep deprivation, predator/prey adaptations, mind control, manipulation, and eating behavior.

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    Evidence Based Zombie Medicine

    Medical challenges during the zombie apocalypse. Topics include zombie survival toolkit, treatment of mammalian bites, wound care and repair, thermoregulation, solar injury, and empirically proven strategies for resisting mind-control.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Zombie Apocalypse Medicine FAQs

    Is this for real?

    Yes, this is for real. We are a group of scientists, humanities scholars, artists, medical doctors and policy experts who come together every two years for a meeting about zombies and the apocalypse.

    What is a zombie?

    The Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Alliance defines a zombie as "An individual whose physiology and behavior are (fully or partially) under the control of a genetically distinct individual or population of individuals."

    What is the apocalypse?

    The Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Alliance defines that apocalypse as catastrophes that pose significant risk to human life and health, forcing us to reckon with the reality of our underlying risk.  

    How is Zombie Apocalypse Medicine different from regular medicine?

    Zombie Apocalypse Medicine is a theoretically grounded approach to understanding and treating disease in extreme conditions. These conditions include post-disaster environments, challenging ecological settings such as high altitude and extreme cold, social conditions conditions characterized by mind control and manipulation and scenarios characterized by highly contagious infectious disease. We employ theoretical frameworks including genetic conflict theory, game theory, evolutionary theory, and adaptationism in order to understand how humans and other species have evolved to counter both the physical challenges of apocalyptic conditions and psychological challenges of zombie mind control.

    Is there a 'zombie gene'?

    No, zombies arise from complex interactions between the genetics of the susceptible individual (host) and the genetics of the individual (or population of individuals) that takes full or partial control of the susceptible individual. Research is currently underway to elucidate the co-evolutionary dynamics underlying zombie susceptibility genes in hosts and corresponding zombie promotion genes in parasites.

    What is zombie resistance evolution?

    Humans and most other species have been shaped by billions of years of zombie resistance evolution. Zombie resistance evolution is a co-evolutionary process wherein hosts evolve mechanisms of resistance to mind control/manipulation and parasites evolve increasingly sophisticated strategies in response. This evolutionary arms-race means that hosts must continue evolving in response to manipulation strategies. In other words, we are always on the run. We utilize computational modeling, genomics and evolutionary methods to quantify these dynamics and test alternative treatment strategies.

    Is being a zombie necessarily a bad thing?

    Zombies arise when one individual succumbs to control by a genetically distinct individual or population of individuals. If the fitness interests of the host and controller are sufficiently aligned (either because of genetic similarity or sources of fitness interdependence), the resulting zombie may actually become capable of achieving even higher levels of fitness than would be possible in the absence of infection. Theoretical models suggest that becoming a super-fit zombie may be an effective zombie resistance strategy. Research is underway to determine whether humans and other species have undergone positive selection to become super-fit zombies in order to counter the constantly evolving zombie threat.

  • News

    The Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Alliance in the news

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    October 9, 2020, KJZZ Radio 

    'The Zombie Apocalypse Is Actually Upon Us': ASU Professor Explores Real-Life Zombies In Podcast 'Zombified'

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    June 12, 2019, Biodesign News
    Athena Aktipis wants brains. Not because she’s a zombie but because she’s been zombified. And so have you.

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    October 18, 2018, ASU Now

    Four-day conference bridging science and the arts explores zombification to engage in potentially frightening aspects of the future

    October 18, 2018, AZ Family News

    Zombie apocalypse training at ASU

  • Code of Conduct

    For Humans, Zombies and all other Monsters


    The Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Alliance (ZAMA) is committed to providing a positive and respectful environment for humans, zombies and all other monsters. This means creating and maintaining an environment at the Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting (ZAMM) that is free of coercion, discrimination, cannibalism, harassment and any other non-consensual zombification dynamics. ZAMA’s mission includes reducing the global burden of zombification and that begins at our meetings. All participants are expected to be respectful to individual autonomy, engage in constructive professional discussion and help create an environment that is inclusive and equitable to all participants.

    Inclusion and diversity

    ZAMA is dedicated to supporting and cultivating diversity in all its forms: interdisciplinary diversity, microbial diversity and the many dimensions of human diversity. By participating in ZAMM you are agreeing to provide equal opportunity and treatment to all other participants regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, political beliefs, age, marital status, sexual orientation, physical features, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason. You are also agreeing to refrain from any and all forms of harassment, including unwelcome words, actions, gestures, symbols, attention, or behavior. You agree to refrain from using zombification tactics including aggressive pressure, offensive behavior, face eating, intimidation, physical or verbal abuse, persecution, force; coercion, or hostility of a sexual, social, or other nature. ZAMM is not the place for testing or utilizing your capacities to zombify other humans through your resources, power, physical formidability or irresistible charisma.

    What to do if you experience coercive zombification attempts

    If you experience or witness discrimination, harassment or coercive zombification attempts, should notify the ZAMM conference chair (Athena Aktipis, aktipis@asu.edu) or contact a ZAMM program committee member (anyone at http://www.zombiemed.org/#conference-program). Such communications, and the identities of the parties involved, will be kept in confidence to the extent that it does not compromise the rights of other individuals. After ZAMM staff have been notified, they will first discuss the details with the person making the complaint, then with any witnesses, and then with the alleged offender, before determining appropriate action. All reports will be treated and investigated seriously and promptly.


    Persons who act contrary to the values and expectations expressed in this policy statement may be warned, or asked to leave the event in which the behavior occurred; may be excluded from access to current and/or future ZAMM conferences and/or other events; and/or may be subject to other appropriate disciplinary or corrective action, at the discretion of ZAMM. In other words, don’t be an asshole or you will be asked to leave.

    Dress code

    Apocalypse Casual. Zombies welcome.

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