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.

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 

Authors notified –November 16

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. 

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


15th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 5th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference

December 10-14, 2018

Asheville, North Carolina

Call for Workshop Proposals

The workshops will take place on Monday, December 10, 2018, the day preceding the 15th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 5th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. 

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 wide range of users who can then further develop and apply them. 

There will be a nominal registration fee for participants ($10-$30); this fee will cover the cost of the meeting rooms, refreshments and audio-visual equipment. 

Proposals should contain the following information

· The title of the workshop

· The names, affiliations, email addresses and phone numbers of the workshop instructor(s)

· A short bio (100 words) of the workshop instructors, including a description of their qualifications relative to the topic area

· The proposed length of the workshop (we anticipate offering 2-hour, 4-hour, and 8-hour workshops; contact the conference organizers regarding other workshop lengths)

· A brief, one paragraph description of the workshop

· A statement of the workshop’s objective/goals

· The maximum number of participants (if any). Workshops with less than the minimum may be cancelled at the discretion of the conference organizers, TBD). 

· Any special facility needs (e.g., LCD Projector, computer lab, internet access for attendees, etc.)

The evaluation criteria include overall quality and the fit with respect to the Conference program. 

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018.  

Notifications of accepted workshop will be announced by October 1, 2018 

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


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.

Nominate to join the Board of Directors

Nominations are now open for new members of the International Association of Wildland Fires' (IAWF) Board of Directors.  Nominations will be accepted through September 30, 2018 and successful candidates will begin their 3-year term on January 1, 2019.  Individuals meeting the requirements listed below may self-nominate.

 REQUIREMENTS AND INFORMATION

  • Must be an “individual” member of the IAWF in good standing.  Student, Corporate and Agency members are not eligible.
  • The IAWF Board of Directors is a working Board.  We expect that individuals serving the membership in these positions will contribute the time, energy and expertise to serve on committees, participate in eleven (11) conference calls per year and generally assist in furthering the mission of the Association. (Calls are scheduled the last Tuesday every month, except December and generally last about 60 minutes.)
  • Applicants with skills/expertise in Financial Management, Board Governance, and Communication/Journalism/Media (Writing and Editing) are highly encouraged to apply. 

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) mission is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. The IAWF was formed to promote a better understanding of wildland fire, and built on the belief that an understanding of this dynamic natural force is vital for natural resource management, for firefighter safety, and for harmonious interaction between people and their environment. The Association is dedicated to communicating with the entire wildland fire community and providing global linkage for people with shared interest in wildland fire and comprehensive fire management. 

  • If your job or other activities will prevent you from dedicating sufficient time to committees and monthly meetings, as mentioned above, you may not be suited for the position.
  • Since most of the Board’s activities are conducted electronically, applicants need to be comfortable using email, opening and filing attachments to email, using Microsoft Word for very basic tasks such as creating documents, opening documents, filing them, and minor editing. 
  • Attending an annual face-to-face Board of Directors meeting is very helpful, but not a requirement.  The IAWF at this time is not able to pay travel expenses for Board meetings.  The annual meetings are one day and are generally held at one of our conferences.  

 By September 30, 2018, submit an application (see below).  The Board of Directors will hold their election for the expiring positions during the week of October 30th.

For more information about the IAWF visit http://www.iawfonline.org/ 

If you have any questions please contact Mikel Robinson, Executive Director at +01 406-531-8264 or execdir@iawfonline.org

15th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 5th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference

Asheville, North Carolina

December 10-14, 2018

CONFERENCE WEBPAGE

It has been more than 20 years since the social impacts of wildfires have begun to draw significant attention from policymakers and land managers. And the adverse effects on people, biodiversity, landscapes and infrastructure show no signs of abating given current trends in climate change. As a global community of practitioners and scientists interested in human dimensions and safety, we seek to spark discussion, interaction and engaged conversation about whether we are focusing on the right problem framings and consequent solutions to deal with these on-going wildfire challenges.  

In an effort to shake things up, question convention and challenge the status quo, we solicit your help in submitting creative panels, proposals, and papers that dare to think outside the box in how we have been thinking about and framing the wildfire problem.  In addition to traditional academic and practitioner presentations, we offer the opportunity to bring forward participatory, interactive and workshop-like ideas to help our community stretch our collective imagination about how we are defining our problems and solutions.   

Deadline for submissions has been extended to September 10th. 

We are looking for proposals that will:

- Question conventional framing and assumptions underlying existing fire management practices

- Demonstrate more holistic thinking about fire management

- Unpack how status-quo solutions are not working

- Highlight different or non-traditional skill sets/ points of view 

- Provide insight on how perspectives from other fields could inform thinking

- Cultivate a practitioner perspective by encouraging attendance of fire fighter/seasonal staff and local groups/organizations working in wildfire.

Thank you,

Mikel Robinson

Executive Director

International Association of Wildland Fire

1418 Washburn Street

Missoula, MT 59801

406-531-8264

execdir@iawfonline.org

www.iawfonline.org


Awarded to someone in the wildland firefighting community who has made a  significant contribution to wildland firefighter safety, either directly on the fireline, or indirectly through management, cultural changes, or through wildland fire research. Their contribution is frequently beyond their normal everyday job expectations - sometimes at the potential risk to their own career, and their example can encourage others to act in a similar manner. 
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