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Call for Presentations

Across four days in May 2021, the IAWF will present real world risks and opportunities in an online environment. We are now soliciting abstracts for Oral, Poster Presentations and Deep Dive/Interactive Workshops.  The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2021.

A Global Opportunity

Since 1997, the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the global wildland fire community to focus on keeping our workforce and communities safe. This event is a time for us to discuss significant events and trends in safety, to promote best practices in safety training and operations, to share safety related research findings, and to explore new approaches to both firefighter and community safety. Likewise, since 2007, the Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference has aimed to advance the knowledge and practice related to the social, political, economic, psychological, and other human aspects of managing fire prone landscapes.

This joint conference offers a forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas, science, and technology are presented to provide a strong foundation for reflection and action to set the future course of practice, management, and research in response to local, regional, and global challenges. The 2021 conference will place particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on wildland fire management and communities around the world.

Conference Objectives

  • To create opportunities for presenters and participants to integrate across disciplines.
  • To identify past lessons learned to aid development of innovative and contemporary wildland fire safety and human dimensions in wildland fire to better enhance personal and community safety.
  • To document current wildland fire management safety and human dimensions trends as benchmarks for future challenges and program planning and implementation.
  • To raise awareness of the diversity of approaches, issues, ideas, and importance of safety and human dimensions in wildland fire management.
  • To promote development of innovative management and research ideas.
  • To foster new collaborations between managers, researchers, firefighters, residents, communities, businesses, educational institutions and others in different regions and countries.

The Venue

The global pandemic brings significant burdens for conference planners and attendees alike. These include compliance with social/physical distancing requirements, addressing restrictions on large gatherings, challenges to personal physical and mental health, and concerns for the future. In addition, global travel limitations and individual health concerns are prompting us to think differently about how we deliver the conference and enhance the education and networking opportunities.

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, IAWF will deliver this conference virtually through a platform that will allow for interactive sessions, posters, networking, and a trade show. We will also provide an opportunity for virtual attached meetings, informal meetings, and brainstorming sessions.

Presenters and attendees will participate from the comfort of their own offices or homes. We will provide presenter guideline and training and will ensure everyone is familiar and comfortable with the technology prior to the conference.

We are seeking presentation proposals in all areas associated with wildland fire safety and human dimensions of wildland fire. Submit your proposal by January 30, 2021. When we get a little closer to the date of the conference we will allow for submissions on emerging topics and late breaking research. “Just in Time” Sessions will be 10 minute micro-talks, more information will be available later.

Presentation Types

Oral Presentation

Oral presentations are traditional 20-minute presentation plus 10 minutes for Q&A and transition. These presentations will be grouped with presentations of similar topic by organizers. 

Poster Presentation

Poster presentations will be presented during a designated session, as well as made available through the entire conference. 

Interactive Workshop

Deep Dive/Interactive Workshop – 60-120 minutes – are interactive sessions with a participatory format; including brainstorming sessions.

Information needed to submit proposals

  • Presentation Title
  • Contact Information (name, title, affiliation, phone, email)
  • Type of Presentation:
    • Oral Presentation
    • Deeper Dive/Interactive Workshop
    • Poster Presentation
  • Abstract: 400 words or less, please use as much non-technical language as possible, and describe the areas that will be specifically addressed in the presentation. Accepted abstracts will be included in the final program as submitted.
  • Presentation Format for Deep Dive/Interactive Workshops: Share your vision of the presentation, the timing, the people involved, special needs, etc.
  • Additional Presenters/Authors: Name, title, affiliation, email
  • Student Presenter: Yes or No
  • Presenter Bio (100 words or less)

Submit your Proposal

All abstracts are required to be submitted via the IAWF Online Submission System.