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 2022, 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 December 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


We are inviting our Wildland Fire Community to submit Workshop proposals for the upcoming Wildland Fire Canada Conference.

Wildland Fire Canada Conference (WFCC) is a conference series that networks wildfire management agencies, partners and collaborators in Canada. These biennial conferences focus on wildfire management, ecology, and science in Canada. Canada has a diversity of fire-prone environments that bring a unique perspective to wildland fire challenges and opportunities.

The goal of these conferences is to provide a neutral forum for the exchange of best practices. The conferences promote opportunities for significant information exchange where: wildfire scientists present new research findings; wildfire practitioners discuss lessons learned; and wildfire enthusiasts attend workshops and activities to develop a deeper understanding about wildland fire across Canada. The Wildland Fire Canada Conferences facilitate a variety of partnerships from a multitude of disciplines.

The workshops will take place on Monday, October 25th, the day preceding the Wildland Fire Canada Conference (WFCC).  Both in person and virtual workshops will be considered.

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire to discuss and exchange interests on defined topics. We view these workshops as an opportunity for information 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: (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 hours.)
  • 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 WFCC program.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2022. Notifications of accepted workshops will be announced by May 30, 2022. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mikel Robinson at execdir@iawfonline.org or (406) 625-7059

We are inviting our Wildland Fire Community to submit Field Trip proposals for the upcoming Wildland Fire Canada Conference.
Wildland Fire Canada Conference (WFCC) is a conference series that networks wildfire management agencies, partners and collaborators in Canada. These biennial conferences focus on wildfire management, ecology, and science in Canada. Canada has a diversity of fire-prone environments that bring a unique perspective to wildland fire challenges and opportunities.

The goal of these conferences is to provide a neutral forum for the exchange of best practices. The conferences promote opportunities for significant information exchange where: wildfire scientists present new research findings; wildfire practitioners discuss lessons learned; and wildfire enthusiasts attend workshops and activities to develop a deeper understanding about wildland fire across Canada. The Wildland Fire Canada Conferences facilitate a variety of partnerships from a multitude of disciplines.

Please consider the conference objectives and logistics when submitting your proposal. Do not worry if your idea is not yet fully formed; complete the submission as thoroughly as possible, the exact details can be finalized at a later date.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2022. Notifications of accepted field trips will be announced by May 30, 2022.
If you have any questions, please contact Mikel Robinson at execdir@iawfonline.org or (406) 625-7059

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.

In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2022 the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) will again be awarding two graduate-level scholarships, each valued at $3,000USD to IAWF members who are Master of Science/Arts (MSc/MA) or Doctoral (PhD) students studying wildland fire or wildland fire related topics.

We encourage applications from students studying any aspect of wildland fire be it from the perspective of physical, ecological or social science to less traditional subject areas as well: we are looking through this scholarship to recognize and support any type of research relevant to the global wildland fire community.  

The application period will be open between 24-January-2022 and 15-March-2022.  Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Fire & Climate Conference in May.

Scholarships will be awarded to the top MSc and top PhD applicants based the student’s submitted essay. Please see the guidelines and application information for details.

Guidelines and Application information

1) The applicant must be a member of IAWF at the time of application and remain so at least during their award period.  Visit IAWF web site for details on membership application (http://www.iawfonline.org) and visit the Membership/Benefits for online membership application.    

2) The applicant must be enrolled full-time in graduate school with, at the closing date of the scholarship application period, at least 8 months remaining in their program if they are an MSc candidate or 12 months remaining if they are a PhD candidate.  

3) The applicant must submit a 500-750 (750 maximum) word essay submitted in English that includes 3 components: (UPLOAD BELOW)

    (i) a description of how they have or will overcome challenges and/or barriers associated with their academic program and associated research. These challenges and/or barriers may include, but are not limited to:

      §  location of the research (e.g., field site, laboratory, geographic region)

      §  subject area being studied (e.g., non-traditional or evolving research area)

      §  country/region of origin or other personal circumstances;

   (ii) a description of how the international fire community will benefit from completion of their post graduate studies; and

  (iii) a statement of the anticipated benefit the scholarship would bring to the student with particular emphasis on (but not limited to) how scholarship funds would be used to further their research goals and/or allow the dissemination of research to the fire management community (an example would be additional meetings, workshops or conferences attended).

4) The applicant must arrange for a letter of support written in English to be submitted on their behalf by their primary thesis supervisor. The letter of support must confirm: (1) the student is enrolled in an MSc or PhD program under their supervision; (2) the student has at least 8 months (MSc applicants) or 12 months (PhD applicants) remaining in the program at the time of application; (3) the content of the student’s essay is accurate; and (4) the student has the ability to successfully complete the work. The letter may be uploaded below or emailed to Mikel Robinson, execdir@iawonline.org)

5) Upon completing their degree, all scholarship recipients will submit to the Association a copy of the signature page approving the thesis or other similar academic requirement, and a copy of the abstract that appears in the body of the thesis. These materials will be transmitted by the student under a cover letter that states the IAWF is permitted to use the information in these materials in publications of their choosing. The purpose of this authorization/waiver is to allow the IAWF to highlight the success of this program and those of the students sponsored.

6) Scholarship recipients will acknowledge the financial support of the IAWF in all publications or manuscripts arising from work sponsored in part by this scholarship.

7) Completed applications must be received no later than 15-March-2022.

Essay formatting instructions

Your name should appear at the top of each page and all pages must be numbered.

The text should be double-spaced on Letter (8.5 x 11 inch) or A4 (21 x 29.7 cm) paper. Your completed student essay, including the body of the text and any references, figure or table captions, must not exceed 750 words. Submissions that exceed 750 words, determined from an electronic word count, will be disqualified.

Accepted formats - WORD and PDF.

 

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