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



Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC 


Fuels of Today - Fire Behaviour of Tomorrow
29 April – 3 May 2019

 

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) presents the 6th Fire Behaviour and Fuels Conference in 2019. The conference will be held concurrently in Albuquerque, Sydney and Marseilles, with lead partners Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (Irstea). The Sydney conference is also supported by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Bureau of Meteorology.

The 6th International Fire Behaviour and Fuels Conference offers a forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas and technology are presented. This will provide a strong foundation to address and respond to challenges that are developing locally, regionally, and globally.

The conference theme - Fuels of Today–Fire Behavior of Tomorrow - brings focus to the many issues associated with understanding fuels, fire behaviour, and large wildfires, and how they affect sound decision making and wildland fire management. This conference will provide researchers, emergency service agency personnel, and government and non-government professionals at all levels a valuable opportunity to share information globally about wildland fire behaviour and fuels, especially as it relates to the physical, biological, economic and social sciences.

We would like to particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers, operational staff, and fire ecologists. 

Given the IAWF commitment to diversity and inclusion, our review process will be blind. View the IAWF diversity and inclusion policy here

The conference topics that will be represented include: 

  • Fuels and fuel modification including prescribed burning
  • Smoke modelling and management
  • Shared responsibility, community partnerships and engagement
  • Contemporary bushfire policies and frameworks
  • Risk modelling and decision support systems
  • Fire danger
  • Fire ecology
  • Fire weather and climate
  • Fire behaviour and fire behaviour predictions
  • Fire impacts (communities, infrastructure, biodiversity, water, carbon etc)
  • Fire suppression and incident management
  • Economics of bushfire management
  • Social aspects of fuels management 

Accepted submissions will be invited to present a 20 minute oral presentation, followed by 5 minutes Q&A at the conference.

There is no charge to submit an abstract, however, all attending authors and presenters must register and pay for this conference after abstracts have been accepted. The Conference Committee, by accepting an abstract, is not responsible to pay any expenses (travel, accommodations or daily allowance) associated with presenting an individual or joint authored presentation. Authors and presenters agree to present their submissions on the time and date identified by the organising committee. 


IMPORTANT DATES

Call for Papers Opens – August 15

Deadline for Papers – October 31 

*** Deadline for papers extended until 21 November 2018***

Authors notified – November 30

Registration Opens – December 15

Papers for Conference Proceedings – All authors are encouraged to submit either an extended abstract or full paper to the conference proceedings.  The deadline for papers is March 15, 2019. 

Call for Workshop Proposals

The workshops will take place on Monday, April 29, the day preceding the 6th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   

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 for Technology Transfer - the process to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users who can then further develop and exploit them. 

There will be a nominal registration fee for participants; this fee will cover the cost of the meeting rooms, refreshments and audio-visual equipment. (Instructors will not be required to pay the fee).

Proposals should contain the following information

  • Title of the workshop;
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the workshop instructors;
  • Short bio (100 words) of the workshop instructors, including a description of their qualifications relative to the topic area;
  • Proposed length of the workshop (2, 4, 6 or 8 hours);
  • Brief, one paragraph description of the workshop;
  • Minimum and maximum number of participants (if any);
  • Any special facility needs (e.g. LCD Projector, computer lab, internet, etc).

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 November 16, 2018. 

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

Questions, please contact Mikel Robinson at 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.
This Award is to recognize a promising early-career professional who has demonstrated outstanding ability in any field of wildfire operations. Early career is nominally taken to include professionals who are under 40 years of age when nominated.
 
To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions. 
This Award is to recognize a promising early-career professional who has demonstrated outstanding ability in any field of wildland fire science. Early career is nominally taken to include professionals who are under 40 years of age when nominated.
 
To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions. 
The "Management Award" was established to honor achievements and excellence in the management of wildland fire programs.  This award recognizes an individual who have made lasting contributions in program management and inspired others through their creativity, innovation, leadership, application, guidance, and communication in response to challenging and controversial wildland fire management issues.
 
To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions. 
The purpose of the "Ember Award" is to recognize sustained excellence in wildland fire research and to encourage innovation, exploration, application, and dissemination of important research results. The name "Ember" reflects the fact  that research and science often move slowly, and their benefits or impacts may not be apparent for years. The award was established to recognize sustained and excellent research contributions to wildland fire science, innovative solutions to important wildland fire challenges, and effective and appropriate communication of wildland fire science and research results.
 
To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions. 

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.


International Association of Wildland Fire