A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future
This event, hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology, in cooperation with the Southern Fire Exchange, will be one of the largest, most comprehensive meetings on research and management of wildland fire globally, bringing together fire researchers, managers, policy makers, and students for a 20 year reflection and a look toward the future.
Early Bird Countdown:
Register by July 31, Rates Go Up August 1
We have less than two weeks left of early bird registration! Make sure to register by July 31st to receive the best registration rates.
Call for Proposals:
Oral Presentations and Fire Circles Due August 1
Proposal deadlines are fast approaching. We look forward to your submissions and your participation in the conference program! The due date for submitting proposals for oral presentations and fire circles is
Tuesday, August 1
. Proposals for poster presentations and attached meetings will be accepted until September 15.
Interactive Fire Circles are discussion sessions and/or working groups focused on advancing our understanding of fire ecology and management. Depending on your purpose, fire circles can be
- Roundtable discussions,
- Small groups assembling position papers, white papers, policy pieces, management guidelines, collaborative peer-reviewed papers, and/or
- Other efforts to explore or synthesize existing data, discuss ideas, present scenarios, or lead role-playing exercises.
This is a great opportunity to communicate and interact with your colleagues, and we encourage you to consider what topics are most important in your region or field of expertise, and submit a proposal!
Topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:
When submitting your proposal, you can request consideration for a Rapid Fire (Speed) talk or a Fire AFEx talk.
- 20/20 Vision: Looking Back, Looking Forward
- Fire Ecology & Effects
- Fire Management and Use
- Fire Modeling
- Climate Change & Fire History
- Restoration & Resiliency
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Policy Issues
- Case Studies and Lessons Learned
- Education & Communication
- Living with Fire - Cultural, Socio-Economic, Health
- Smoke Management & Modeling
We are excited to share a
, so you can get a better idea of the excellent line up of plenary sessions, workshops, and special sessions that will be offered throughout the week.
Our opening and closing plenary speakers will provide perspectives about the conference theme, Fire Vision 20/20: A 20 Year Reflection and Look into the Future. Check out our
confirmed plenary speakers
. We will also have a new plenary session this year that will feature "Fire AFEx" talks. These will be compelling and engaging 15-minute presentations that focus on key ideas and issues related to a variety of fire topics.
This year's schedule will follow a new format, with workshops integrated throughout the week. You can sign up now for Rx 310 - Introduction to Fire Effects, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS), or Learning the Photoload Sampling Technique. In addition, 8 drop-in workshops on a variety of topics will be offered, at no charge, during the conference. See the full list of workshops here.
Twenty special sessions have been accepted for the Congress. With topics ranging from "Soil Heating and Fire Effects" to the "Southern Appalachian Wildfires of 2016," there will be something of interest for everyone.
Saturday, we have several trips planned to get you into the field to see firsthand how the concepts discussed during the conference are being applied in Florida. Check out the list of
Big Cypress, Kissimmee Prairie, St. Sebastian River Preserve, and MORE! Read descriptions of each field trip and pick one today!
Sponsorship, Exhibitor, & Donor Opportunities
We invite you to become a supporter of the 2017 Fire Congress. We have a wide range of sponsorship levels available from $250 Donors to $15,000 Platinum Sponsors. All supporters will receive recognition in the conference program and during the event. Sponsorships of $1,000+ can host an exhibit booth at the conference and receive one or more free registrations (dependent upon sponsorship level).
Thank You to Our Sponsors and Exhibitors!
Hosted by Association for Fire Ecology,
in cooperation with Southern Fire Exchange
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