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

TThe workshops will take place on Monday, April 20, the day preceding the 3rd International Smoke Symposium (ISS3).

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire, smoke management, public health, and air quality management to discuss and exchange interests on defined topics. We view these workshops as an opportunity for knowledge and technology transfer.

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

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Title of the workshop
  • Name of the sponsoring organization, if applicable
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of the workshop instructors
  • Short bios (100 words) of the workshop instructors, including a description of their qualifications relative to the topic area
  • Proposed length of the workshop: half-day or full day
  • A brief, one paragraph description of the workshop
  • A statement of the workshop’s objectives/goals
  • The maximum number of participants (if any)
  • Any special facility needs (e.g. LCD Projector, room set-up, internet connection, etc.)

Workshops with less than the minimum registration may be cancelled at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on their overall quality and fit with respect to the ISS3 program. For example, workshops of interest would cover topics such as interpreting data from recent measurement campaigns; demonstrating new tools for remote sensing/forecasting of fires and smoke; studying the health effects of smoke using cohort rather than cross-sectional designs; and communicating about fire and smoke events via media and social media. Other topics are also welcome.

The deadline for submissions is November 25, 2019.

Notifications of accepted workshops will be, announced by December 6, 2019.

PRESENTED BY International Association of Wildland Fire

In Partnership with NWCG Smoke Committee & UC Davis Air Quality Research Center

If you have any questions, please contact Mikel Robinson at execdir@iawfonline.org or (406) 531-8264.

Welcome to the 3rd International Smoke Symposium (ISS3) Call for Presentation Proposals. 

Building on the previous two successful editions, this symposium is a venue and international nexus for sharing the latest developments in research, management, and policy around the important topic of wildland fire smoke from wildfires, rangeland fires, and prescribed burns.

This symposium is targeted towards researchers and practitioners with expertise in a range of wildland fire smoke topic areas including: air quality monitoring and/ or regulation, land management, fire responders, extension mechanisms, public health, fire weather, climate change and forecasting, among others.

Using a unified track to enable full participation and maximize engagement, ISS3 will have presentations delivered from both Raleigh, North Carolina and from the University of California Davis. This climate-friendly conference format will ensure broad audience participation and access to world-renown wildland fire smoke experts.

Presentations will be live-streamed, professionally videotaped, and made available through the symposium website for at least a year. ISS1 and ISS2 set a very high standard for successful and fully interactive virtual capability. Our goal is that, in addition to providing training and education, ISS3 will enable a global conversation that facilitates knowledge sharing among the variety of experts in geographical, topical, and practice-specific facets of wildland fire smoke.

Participants will discuss how the state-of-the-science is evolving, including the latest advances. We will explore how scientific information is being put to practical use in the field and utilized in improved public policy, as well as the limits of our current understanding.

We are seeking Oral Presentations, Poster Presentations and Ignite Talk for both the Raleigh and Davis venues on a variety of topics. In addition to a full suite of scientific talks, ISS3 will debut a feature set of Ignite Talks aimed at a broader audience and made available via the web.

SESSIONS TOPICS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

Observations

  • Smoke Chemistry and Measurement
  • Emerging Air Quality Sensors, Networks and Real-time Information

Smoke Modeling

  • Dispersion and Transport Modeling
  • Air Quality Models for Smoke
  • Data Fusion Techniques, Applications

Climate Change

  • Climate Modeling and Climate Change Impacts

Emissions

  • Fire Activity, Emissions Factors, and Emission Inventories
  • Smoke from Biomass and Human Structures

Health Impacts

  • Estimating individual and population smoke exposure
  • Wildland/Bushfire Fire Personnel Exposure
  • Public health impacts of smoke (e.g., respiratory, cardiovascular, mental health)
  • Public health interventions for smoke
  • Communicating smoke impacts
  • Occupational Health (e.g., Wildland Firefighters, outdoor workers)

Other Impacts

  • Economic impacts of smoke
  • Smoke Hazard Warning and Monitoring Systems

Smoke Management

  • Remote Sensing and Tools for Smoke Management
  • Smoke Management and Mitigation
  • Smoke Ready Community Efforts
  • Short/Long Term Tradeoffs Between Rx Fire & Wildfire/Bushfire
  • Global Fire Smoke Issues
  • Differences Between Prescribed Fire & Wildfire/Bushfire in Smoke

PRESENTATION TYPES:

ORAL PRESENTATION: [12 minutes + 3 minutes for Q&A]. These presentations will be grouped with presentations of similar topic and we may organize a panel discussion or additional Q&A time at the end of the session.

POSTER PRESENTATION: Will be presented during a designated session, presenters are required to be present during the session.

IGNITE TALK: ISS3 will debut a feature set of Ignite Talks aimed at a broader audience (i.e. media and genera public). Short format talks with a strict 5-minute limit and a maximum of 20 slides. 

SPECIAL SESSION: 2 hours each, we will have limited space for special sessions however we encourage focus on recent scientific field campaigns such as FASMEE, WE-CAN and FIREX-AQ. You will submit an overview of the Special Sessions with a list of presentations within the session.  After accepted each session within the Special Session will be required to submit an abstract. 

Questions? Contact Mikel Robinson, 406-625-7050 or execdir@iawfonline.org.

"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. 

International Association of Wildland Fire