The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) mission is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. This Submittable site is used to support a range of IAWF's communication activities, including the submission of article pitches and complete articles/photos/graphics for Wildfire Magazine, a membership and professional magazine focused on wildland fire and bushfire management, and the submission of conference abstracts and proposals. Please review the list of open submission forms before submitting, to be certain you're submitting to right category, and contact us with any questions.

Call for Workshop Proposals

The workshops will take place on Monday 29 April 2019, the day preceding the 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Sydney, Australia. 

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire to discuss and exchange interests on a defined topic. We view these workshops as an opportunity to ensure scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users.

There will be a nominal registration fee for participants; this fee will cover the cost of the meeting rooms, refreshments and audio-visual equipment. 

Proposals should contain the following information:

  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the workshop facilitator;
  • Workshop title;
  • Workshop length;
  • Abstract/description, detailing the objective, intended audience and format;
  • Minimum and maximum number of participants (approx).

The evaluation criteria include overall quality and the fit with respect to the conference topic - Fuels of Today – Fire Behavior of Tomorrow: Understanding Fire Behavior and Fuels for Sound Decision Making and Effective Management. We are interested in workshops that connect research and management. 

The deadline for submissions is 16 October 2018. 

Notifications of accepted workshops will be announced by 10 December 10 2018. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amy Mulder at amy.mulder@bnhcrc.com.au

Call for Field Trip Proposals 


The field trips will take place on Friday 3 May 2019, the day following the 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Sydney, Australia. 

The purpose of the field trips is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire to discuss and exchange interests on a defined topic. We view these field trips as an opportunity to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users.

There will be a nominal registration fee for participants to cover the cost of catering and logistics. 

Proposals should contain the following information: 

  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the facilitator;
  • Title of the field trip;
  • Destination/s;
  • Length;
  • Abstract/description, detailing the objective, intended audience and format;
  • Minimum and maximum number of participants (approx.).

The evaluation criteria include overall quality and the fit with respect to the conference topic - Fuels of Today – Fire Behavior of Tomorrow: Understanding Fire Behavior and Fuels for Sound Decision Making and Effective Management. We are interested in workshops that connect research and management.

The deadline for submissions is 16 October 2018. 

Notifications of accepted workshops will be announced by 10 December 10 2018. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amy Mulder at amy.mulder@bnhcrc.com.au

6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

Fuels of Today: Fire Behavior of Tomorrow

April 29 - May 3, 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) is extremely proud to present the 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, co-sponsored by IAWF, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC of Australia, and the National Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA), France. 

The conference will be a combination of three venues held concurrently in Albuquerque, NM, USA; Sydney, NSW, Australia; and Marseilles, France. It is being presented to bring focus to the many issues associated with the rapidly changing fire and social environment in today’s world. This conference will provide a significant opportunity to improve understanding of wildland fuels, fire behavior, and the interaction of large wildfires and society, and how they affect decision making and wildland fire management. 

There will be a separate program for each venue but some sessions will overlap, providing the opportunity for some live presentations across venues. The joint conference proceedings from Albuquerque, Sydney and Marseilles will be published by the International Association of Wildfire.

There are separate submission systems for each location; please select carefully to submit your presentation proposal to the conference location you will be attending.

Please do not hesititate to contact us if you have any questions. 

Thank you, 

  

Mikel Robinson, Executive Director 

International Association of Wildland Fire 

execdir@iawfonline.org or 406-531-8264


"Fired Up" Initiative to Honor and Feature our Stories of Success

We at IAWF want to share stories about the unique contributions made by individuals and groups to the Wildland Fire Community. Therefore, we are launching the "Fired Up" initiative, featuring those who have made strides in advancing and contributing to wildfire/bushfire operations, mitigation/prevention, training and research. Contributions can be at the
ground-level through administration, so long as they are noteworthy or innovative.

We invite members of the IAWF and the Wildland fire community at large to submit recommendations for individuals and groups that deserve to have their stories shared for publication.

Guidelines: Submit your nomination for an individual or group that you believe is worth featuring in an issue of Wildfire magazine. We will need a justification for why an individual should be recognized, a short bio, and photo of the individual or group at work (if you have one). All IAWF members as well as people supporting the global wildland fire community
are eligible to nominate individuals as well as to be recognized.

Each issue of Wildfire magazine will feature up to two individuals or groups. Individuals who are recognized in "Fired Up" will receive a one-year  membership at IAWF, and groups who are recognized will receive up to five, one-year memberships.

Thank you, 
Editors of Wildfire magazine and the IAWF Membership Committee
Wildfire Magazine is a bimonthly magazine and website for the global wildland fire community. Wildfire keeps professional and community readers informed on emerging issues and resources in fire management, wildfire science and ecology, health and safety, and leadership.

The magazine is written primarily by fire-management professionals, scientists and leaders working in the wildfire, bushfire and urban interface communities. These experts share their practical experience and knowledge as they examine issues that are key to our communities and profession.

We accept queries for article ideas and complete articles as well as photos and multimedia content. We suggest you review our Author Guidelines before you submit.

3rd Nat'l Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop

Defining Our Future with Wildland Fire – A New Paradigm 

October 21-24, 2019 - Plymouth, MA

The International Association of Wildland Fire in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regions of the Cohesive Strategy, invites you to submit a proposal for a workshop session or presentation at the 3rd Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop to be held October 21-24, 2019 in Plymouth, MA.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 1, 2019. 

 Workshop Intent: This interactive workshop will provide practitioners and decision makers with tools and ideas that support positive outcomes and help identify opportunities for improvement. We welcome proposals that will lead to active learning, participation and action-oriented outcomes. The theme for the 3rd Cohesive Strategy Workshop is Defining Our Future with Wildland Fire – A New Paradigm.

Share your experiences: Consider proposing a workshop session or interactive presentation that allows participants to share their knowledge and engage around some of these key issues, questions and themes. Please do not feel limited by this list; it is provided as a starting place for brainstorming. 

  • How are you approaching fire management to address the “new normal” of fire activity? Resource limitations? How are you preparing communities at risk? Are you preparing for the worst-case scenario? If “business as usual” isn’t working, what are your ideas? Effective or ineffective management decisions or treatments; how have these have changed the way you do business?
  • How are you increasing the pace and scale of fuels treatments? How are you achieving cross-boundary, large-landscape-scale treatments? How are you engaging communities and community protection strategies in these efforts?
  • How can we increase the use of prescribed fire? What are the barriers? How have you overcome them? How are you addressing air quality issues? How are you scaling up the use of prescribed fire?  
  • How are you defining risk? How are you prioritizing risk? How are you co-managing risk? How are you collectively investing in mitigating those risks?
  • How do you plan for wildfire use? How do you prepare your community for an extended duration wildfire for resource benefit? (and its associated smoke)”?
  • Fire adapted communities - What is working for you? What do you wish worked better? Challenges and lessons learned? What are the unintended consequences of actions taken?
  • How can we make progress at the local, regional and national scales on issues like air quality and smoke management, post fire impacts and recovery, prescribed burning, wildfire response barriers, funding opportunities?  What is getting in the way of doing more?
  • Communications – what works, what doesn’t? How do you motivate stakeholders to take action? What messaging is the most important for which audiences?
  • Lessons from the 2017 & 2018 fire year: What are the commonalities and lessons learned from “community destroying wildfires”, e.g. The Chimney Top 2 and Camp Fires? What communities could be next and how can we better plan and prepare for these scenarios?
  • Latest, relevant research findings and technology that can lead to actions and desired outcomes.

Your proposal: This gathering is a workshop, so we are interested in the purpose, content, and format of your proposed session. Below you will find examples of purposes and session types you might propose. Creative, engaging sessions that help participants learn from and connect with each other are preferred.  

The purpose: When you submit your proposal, be prepared to let us know what you hope to create with your session. Some examples are listed here to help you imagine what you can achieve.

  • Gather experiences to help others for future work.
  • Explore a specific issue and how implementing principles of the Cohesive Strategy can improve or has improved it. 
  • Transfer information and best practices among participants. 
  • Make connections among participants and build relationships.
  • Give practitioners a platform to share their experiences.
  • Create opportunities for future work with others through collaborative opportunities.

Session Formats: Some examples of formats are provided here, but again, this list is merely a starting point. Feel free to get creative and propose something else! 

Presentations: 

  • Five Minute Ignite talks (Presenters get 20 slides, 15 seconds each - a fast and fun presentation!) 
  • Posters
  • Interactive presentations

Workshop Sessions: (The following facilitation techniques and session formats are examples. Feel free to propose your own! Please indicate the time you need for your session).

Submit your Proposal by July 1, 2019

Timeline:

  • Call for Presentation Proposals Closes – July 1, 2019
  • Registration Opens –  July 1, 2019
  • Authors Notified –  July 22, 2019
  • Program finalized – August 5, 2019
  • Hotel Room Block Expires – September 21, 2019
  • Workshop – October 21-24, 2019

 If you have any questions, contact: Mikel Robinson, International Association of Wildland Fire, +01-406-531-8264, mailto:execdir@iawfonline.org  

Oral Presentation Guidelines

Schedule & Format: Please check the program schedule for the length of your presentation, please ensure you don’t run over your allotted time by practicing your talk prior to the conference. 

Meeting Room Standard Equipment:

· One LCD Projector

· One PC laptop computer

· One lavaliere microphone

· One presentation remote with laser pointer

· One screen of appropriate size

· Wireless Internet access

· Audio from computer for videos

IAWF will provide a PC laptop for your presentation, for the traditional 20-minute presentations we ask that you please use the provided laptop for smooth transitions. If you are presenting a panel session or a deep dive and would like to use your own computer that will be fine.  If you are using a Mac please ensure you have the appropriate adapters. We have adapters for HDMI to VGA, so we can accommodate either. 

Presentations Loading: Oral Presentations can be uploaded either onsite or online prior to the conference. A link to upload your presentation in advance will be available by mid-November.

The deadline to upload presentations online is Saturday, December 8th at midnight Mountain. After the upload site closes, you must upload your presentation onsite at least one day prior to your presentation. 

Questions: Send any questions regarding audio/visual or computer support to Mikel Robinson at execdir@iawfonline.org or 406-531-8264.


Oral Presentation Guidelines
Schedule & Format: Please check the program schedule for the length of your presentation, please ensure you don’t run over your allotted time by practicing your talk prior to the conference.
Meeting Room Standard Equipment:
· One LCD Projector
· One PC laptop computer
· One lavaliere microphone
· One presentation remote with laser pointer
· One screen of appropriate size
· Wireless Internet access
· Audio from computer for videos
IAWF will provide a PC laptop for your presentation, we ask that you please use the provided laptop for smooth transitions.  

 
Presentations Loading: Oral Presentations can be uploaded either onsite or online prior to the conference. You must upload your presentation onsite at least one day prior to your presentation. 


Questions: Send any questions regarding audio/visual or computer support to Mikel Robinson at execdir@iawfonline.org or 406-531-8264.

This conference offers you and your fellow poster presenters, a novel opportunity for you to promote your poster presentation, in the form of a one-minute video. The video will serve to promote your poster and invite conference participants to visit with you during the session. The video should not be a PowerPoint presentation; rather, it should be a short video intended to catch the interest of conference participants and introduce them to your topic. Essentially, we are giving you the opportunity to do a short oral presentation:  use this opportunity to be creative!

The deadline for submitting your video is March 30.  Your video should be as high a resolution as possible.  The videos will be included on the conference mobile app and social media.  

   

Poster Presenters are invited to submit a PDF of your poster to share with the attendees at the other two conference locations. We will add your poster to the conference webpage, and the mobile application.  
 

International Association of Wildland Fire