The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) mission is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. 


We use Submittable to support a range of IAWF's activities, including -

  • Submissions for consideration for publication in Wildfire Magazine: article ideas, complete manuscripts, suggested reprints of existing materials, photos, or graphics. 
  • Conference or workshop abstracts and proposals. Please review the list of open submission forms before submitting to be certain you're submitting to the correct category. 
  • Presentation and poster uploads
  • Award nominations 
  • Scholarship applications


Contact us with any questions! 

Mikel Robinson - Executive Director execdirec@iawfonline.org



The IAWF’s Diversity & Inclusivity Committee works to advance equity, diversity, and inclusivity within IAWF and the wildland fire community. This committee is driven by the efforts of its working groups, each of which tackles a distinct aspect of these priorities.

As we prepare for Fall 2021, we are seeking pitches from those interested in leading new working groups on important issues within equity, diversity, and inclusivity in wildland fire. Such working groups could range from small (e.g., developing a tool for a specific need) to big (e.g., running or making available trainings on an ongoing basis). Ideally, these pitches should focus on actions – studying an issue is welcome, but it should lead directly to some sort of action or outcome.

Proposals are welcome on any aspect of diversity and inclusion. Discussion within the Diversity and Inclusion Committee has highlighted several priority areas to inspire possible projects, including (1) addressing social justice and racism, (2) engaging underrepresented communities (including students and early career professionals), and (3) creating tools and resources for training, outreach, and communication.

To pitch an idea, please answer the following questions in a short response. Ideally, we request pitches to be submitted by September 15, 2021, although we will continue to evaluate ideas on a rolling basis thereafter. During the evaluation, we will review the pitches with a focus on feasibility, priority, and potential for combination/integration of ideas.

Questions to answer

1. What is the issue that you plan to tackle? Why is it important?

2. What do you plan to achieve over the next 12 months? What actions, tools, interventions, products, or outcomes do you anticipate creating?

3. Do you envision this group completing its mission within a 12-month span, or do you anticipate this pitch could evolve to an ongoing working group?

4. Who would be involved in this working group? (You can name specific people who are interested in joining, or the types of people you would hope to engage.)

5. If applicable, there are modest funds (up to $500) available to help launch working groups on issues of diversity and inclusion. If such funds would be helpful to making this working group successful, explain how you would plan to use them.

Examples of just a few of the current and recent working groups include:

  • The Workforce Resilience sub-committee, which is providing monthly talks that are designed to provide support to the community and inform the community on actions and issues around diversity. These are public events, for anyone interested in learning more about diversity, inclusion, and resilience.
  • The SINE sub-committee, which developed a set of pledges and practices for running inclusive conferences and events – tools that are now available to IAWF members.
  • The Data & Monitoring sub-committee, which is developing strategies to collect and use data about diversity within the wildland fire community in more rigorous, appropriate, and evidence-driven ways.

Questions?: Contact Mikel Robinson, IAWF Executive Director via email or phone 406-625-7059.



 Show us your World! 

Join us on a trip around the world through the lens of wildland fire. Across four days in May 2021, the IAWF will present real world risks and opportunities in an online environment. We will connect a truly international audience, with global topics and speakers from around the world, on different continents and time zones. The IAWF 16th Wildland Fire Safety Summit and the 6th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference will address the issues that make the global wildland fire community safe, smart and supported.

In the build up to the virtual conference, we want to see where our members are and what they are doing. We invite you to submit a 30 second – 2-minute video around the 5 themes of the conference. Safety – Health – Risk – Decisions - Knowledge

We are all IAWF – an association is only as good as its members!! So, in the video please use the hashtag #IAMIAWF

Here are some questions you can use to create your video if you wish. 

Be creative and enjoy. 

  • Who are you? 
  • Where are you? 
  • What are you doing? 
  • What are you showing us? 
  • What do you like/dislike about your work? 
  • What would you like us to know about your part of the world?

We will use your videos to promote the conference on Social Media and will compile them to show during the conference. 


Questions

Mikel Robinson, Executive Director, IAWF - 406-625-7059 or execdir@iawfonline.org


The IAWF is offering registration scholarships for underrepresented minorities to attend our upcoming Virtual Conference, 16th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 6th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference, May 24-27, 2021. 

Fire Safety Summit and Human Dimensions Conference (firesafety-humandimensions2021.com)

Being a diverse and inclusive organization will enable the International Association of Wildland Fire to learn from others, grow our understanding, and find new ways to address, understand and implement solutions to complex problems.

Our goals are:

1. To increase participation of underrepresented minorities and geographic areas in the Wildland Fire Community to attend, present their work, network with other, connect with mentors and learn about career opportunities at the Wildland Fire Safety Summit and Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Virtual Conference. As a result, we will have more diverse perspectives and backgrounds at the conference.

2. To promote the visibility of scientific research and other IAWF related projects conducted by underrepresented minorities.

Details:

Applications will be accepted continuously until the conference. However, we will begin reviewing the applications and making awards on April 1st. 

The award is complimentary registration to the conference, no funds will be exchanged. If selected you will receive an email with information about how to access the Virtual Conference during the week of May 24 - 27, in addition all presentations will be available for up to 3 month after the conference. 

Please complete the application below and answer the following questions (complete the application as fully as possible, this will help us ensure we meet our goal of reaching a diverse audience. All answers will be confidential, only the review committee will see your responses). 

  • Tell us about your current work as it related to wildland fire.
  • Why do you want to attend the conference?
  • Do you propose to present a paper at this conference?
  • How will attending the conference help you with your work?
  • How would this scholarship make a difference to you?

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Mikel Robinson

Executive Director

International Association of Wildland Fire

O. 406-625-7059

M. 406-531-8264

execdir@iawfonline.org

www.iawfonline.org

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The IAWF is offering registration scholarships to attend our upcoming Virtual Conference, 16th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 6th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference, May 24-27, 2021.
Fire Safety Summit and Human Dimensions Conference (firesafety-humandimensions2021.com)

Our goal is to provide an opportunity for those who might not otherwise be able to attend the conference due to the cost. 


Details:
Applications will be accepted continuously until the conference. However, we will begin reviewing the applications and making awards on April 1st.


The award is complimentary registration to the conference, no funds will be exchanged. If selected you will receive an email with information about how to access the Virtual Conference during the week of May 24 - 27, in addition all presentations will be available for up to 3 month after the conference.
Please complete the application below and answer the following questions (complete the application as fully as possible, this will help us ensure we meet our goal . All answers will be confidential, only the review committee will see your responses.

  • Tell us about your current work as it related to wildland fire.
  • Why do you want to attend the conference?
  • Do you propose to present a paper at this conference?
  • How will attending the conference help you with your work?
  • How would this scholarship make a difference to you?

If you have any questions, please contact:
Mikel Robinson
Executive Director
International Association of Wildland Fire
O. 406-625-7059
M. 406-531-8264
execdir@iawfonline.org
www.iawfonline.org
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Thank you for your interest in the International Association of Wildland Fire Mentoring Program. 

The deadline to apply is June 14th. 

The mentoring cycle will run from July 1 - December 31, 2021.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.


Thank you
Mikel Robinson, Executive Director, IAWF
execdir@iawfonline.org
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"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.

Wildfire magazine will feature up to two individuals or groups an issue. 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, published by the International Association of Wildland Fire, is a quarterly 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 wildfire, bushfire, prescribed fire, and wildfire-affected 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. 

PLEASE review our Writer 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.  When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating. 

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. When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

The "Management Award" was established to honor achievements and sustained 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. When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

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.  

IAWF is committed to maintaining a positive, empowering, inclusive, and innovative culture where all members of the wildland fire community feel safe, valued, heard, and included.  We recognize that diversity encompasses differences between people and include recognition of ethnicity, culture (including indigenous peoples), personality, age, sexual preference, disability, religious beliefs, social and economic standing, as well as profession, education, work experiences, and professional identity.  And inclusivity creates feelings among groups of diverse peoples of equal value and respect, equal access to opportunities and resources, and open and accepted contribution of perspectives and talents.

We welcome and encourage nominations for all individuals meeting the requirements listed below, and we will also accept self-nominations.     

Nominations will be accepted through September 30, 2021 and successful candidates will begin their 3-year term on January 1, 2022.

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. The calls are generally scheduled for 3:00 or 4:00 pm Mountain Time).  Visit this link to check the time of the meeting in your time zone. 
  • 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.

  • Please consider if your job or other activities will prevent you from dedicating sufficient time to committees and monthly meetings.
  • 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. 
  • Candidates will be ranked based on knowledge and experience, IAWF service, geographic area, and diversity.

Principles of Conduct – Living Our Values – Leading by Example

In the conduct of personal and professional matters, IAWF places high importance on the values of integrity, responsibility, and reputation. We are committed to maintaining high standards both within the organization and in our dealings with others in our daily lives. Our leadership has developed these Principles of Conduct to define our accepted and unacceptable ethical behaviors. It is important that our standards are defined, available, and understandable. We have established guidelines for all members at all times and non-members who may be participating at any IAWF conducted activities. It helps ensure that IAWF promotes, achieves, and maintains high standards of practice and it provides a benchmark for members and non-members participating in IAWF activities to use for self-evaluation.

Compliance with these standards demonstrates our individual and collective respect for our profession, our professional and personal relationships with others, and our respect and commitment to the long-term vision, goals, and values of IAWF.

Principles of Conduct

Deadline for Applications is September 30, 2021.

The Board of Directors will hold their election for the expiring positions during the week of October 25 and new board members will be invited to attend the board meeting in November.

For questions e-mail or call Mikel Robinson, Executive Director +01 (406) 625-7059 or +01 (406)531-8264

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.  When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

International Association of Wildland Fire