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About the 2nd Applied Fire Science Workshop

We will be making some changes to our usual format for this event. Workshops will be integrated into the whole week rather than having them only on the first day of the event.
There will be three kinds of workshops, trainings, and courses:
1) Rx 310 Introduction to Fire Effects, Beth Buchanan: This course will be held Tuesday - Friday afternoons and full-day field trip Saturday; students must attend field trip to receive certificate. Pre-registration required. NWCG Certificate upon completion. $60 fee. 
2) Pre-registration workshops: we have the following three workshops available which require you to sign-up at the time you register for the Fire Congress. There may be pre-requisites or other requirements. These are available first-come, first-served, and if the workshop fills up you will be placed on a waitlist. Instructors will communicate with you prior to the event. There is no charge for these workshops, but we ask that you let us know if you need to cancel so we can offer your spot to someone else.
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and its Impact on the Fire World, Aili Johnston. Tuesday 10am-Noon.
  • Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS), Caroline Noble. Thursday 10am-5pm
  • Learning the Photoload Sampling Technique: Visually estimating surface fuel loadings from photographs for research and management applications, Bob Keane. Thursday 8am-Noon.
3) Drop-in Workshops: 
At this event we will offer for the first time the opportunity to attend workshops, trainings, and courses as part of the regular selection of activities in a day. No sign-up is required, and these will all be free of charge.
  • Implementation Workshop: Managing At-Risk Species on Southeastern Public Lands- A Case Study on Embedded and Ephemeral Wetlands in Florida, Dennis David. Thursday 1-3pm.
  • Hands-On Educational Activities with the FireWorks Educational Program, Ilana Abrahamson. Tuesday 10am-Noon.
  • Leadership and gender in wildland fire culture: Firefighter perspectives on leadership excellence, Rachel Reimer. Thursday 8-10am.
  • Introduction to the FFI ecological monitoring application, Duncan Lutes. Wednesday 1-5pm.
  • Additional Drop -in workshops may be added.
Check out our Field Trips!

We are offering 8 field trips (plus the Rx 310 trip). All of these will be held on Saturday and cost $60 each, except the overnighter (Big Cypress, which will have additional lodging & food expenses). 
  1. St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park Burnover Staff Ride
  2. St Johns River Water Management Hal Scott Property
  3. Archbold Biological Station
  4. TNC Tiger Creek Preserve
  5. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
  6. USAF Avon Park Bombing Range
  7. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge/NASA
  8. Big Cypress National Preserve Overnight Trip
Schedule At-a-Glance

This event will be one of the largest conferences AFE's hosted in the last decade. Our schedule is coming together and we are excited to announce that we will be making some changes to our regular format. We will be starting the conference on Tuesday, and offering 4 full days of activities, integrating workshops into the week rather than having them only on the first day. We will also be offering a full day of field trips on Saturday. Here is our tentative schedule:

Submit Your Request for Approval as Early as Possible:  If you are a federal employee, you may be required to submit your request to attend this event through Meetings Management. We encourage you to do so early so that there are not delays in approving your request.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines:

Call for Workshops, Trainings, and Courses ~ Extended to July 1, 2017 for drop-in workshops that do not require pre-registration
Call for Interactive Fire Circles  ~ Deadline  August 1, 2017
Call for Oral & Poster Presentation Abstracts  ~ Deadline   August 1, 2017 for Oral Presentations and September 15, 2017 for Poster Presentations
Call for Attached Meetings  ~ Deadline September 15, 2017

Sponsorship, Exhibitor, & Donor Opportunities

Our events are enriched by our sponsors, exhibitors, and donors. We truly cannot do this without them. We have a wide range of levels at which we receive support, from $250 Donors to $15,000 Platinum Sponsors. Each and every contribution is valuable to us. We'd like to invite you to become a supporter, or to help us facilitate support from your agency, organization, or institution.  Our supporters help us to facilitate knowledge exchange and technology transfer among attendees from across the nation and world. Our goal is to address critical research and management issues needed for ecological wildland fire management, and the more support we get, the better we can accomplish this goal. 

Download our  Sponsorship Flyer here. See our  Sponsorship Page for details, including payment links and required submission form. Email Timothy Ingalsbee for more information or for questions related to sponsorship.

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Confirmed Plenary Presenters

We are very excited to announce that the following highly distinguished speakers have confirmed that they will be plenary presenters at the Fire Congress:
  • Dr. Reed Noss, Provost's Distinguished Research Professor, Pegasus Professor, and Davis-Shine Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Central Florida and President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. 
  • Dr. Leda Kobziar, Director, Master of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Natural Resources and Society; President, Association for Fire Ecology.
  • Dr. Stephen Pyne, Regents Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University; Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Dr. David Bengtson, Research Forester, Social Scientist, The Strategic Foresight Group, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station.
  • Dr. Jan van Wagtendonk, Research Forester Emeritus, National Park Service & US Geological Survey, Yosemite NP, California.
  • Dr. Neil Sugihara, Program Coordinator, Wildland Fire Training and Education Collaborative (WETC), School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University.
  • Marc CastellnouAssociate Professor. Department of Crop & Forest Science University of Lleida, Spain; Strategic Fire Analyst for the Government of Catalonia's national fire services.
  • Kevin HiersWildland Fire Scientist, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, Florida.
Event Venue

Our event will be held at the beautiful  Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace Resort in Orlando Florida. This resort is directly adjacent to Disney Springs and offers many amenities. Room nights will be offered at government per diem rates. 
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in cooperation with Southern Fire Exchange
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