Join us in Orlando for FireVision 20/20!

Why attend the Fire Congress?
  • FireVision 20/20 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 towards the future. 
  • This event will offer unparalleled exposure to the complexity, breadth, and depth of the field of wildland fire with a respectful, inclusive forum for a diverse range of topics and opinions.
  • You can share with, learn from, and be inspired by fellow attendees from around the world through a great mix of thought-provoking plenaries, cutting-edge research, stimulating workshops, round table discussions, and engaging attached meetings. 
  • All attendees have the option to participate in post-conference field trips which will offer glimpses of the incredibly diverse, fire-shaped ecosystems of Florida.
  Call for Special Sessions  ~ Deadline Approaching! 
Proposals due April 1, 2017

Special Sessions are opportunities for individuals to organize their own panels on the topic of their choosing. Organizers determine the topic, choose speakers on that topic, and can even plan the order of speakers. Special Sessions can include speakers, panels, discussions, and Q&A, and can range from part to full day in length. The number of Special Sessions is limited, so organizers are encouraged to submit their proposals early. We are very interested in international proposals. Special Sessions will be held in rooms with theatre-style seating holding 30-100 participants. 

Special Session organizers will be responsible for reviewing the abstracts and informing their speakers of acceptance or rejection. This year, we also have the option for Special Sessions to be followed with "Interactive Fire Circles" to continue important discussions and/or work on synthesis projects. Special Session Proposals are due by April 1, 2017; organizers will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2017. 

Other Open Calls
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Call for Workshops, Trainings, and Courses  ~ Deadline May 1, 2017
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

Suggested Topics for Workshops, Special Session, and Presentations include but are not limited to: 20/20 Vision: Looking Back, Looking Forward; Fire Ecology & Effects; Fire Management & Use; Fire Modeling; Climate Change & Fire History; Restoration & Resiliency; GIS & Remote Sensing; Policy Issues; Case Studies & Lessons Learned; Education & Communication; Living with Fire: Cultural, Socio-Economic, Health; Smoke Management & Modeling.
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, US Geological Service
  • Dr. Neil Sugihara,Program Coordinator, Wildland Fire Training and Education Collaborative (WETC), School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University.
  • More information on these speakers and additional presenters forthcoming.
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 approval.

Call for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Donors

The Association for Fire Ecology is seeking general support from government agencies, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 or more. Your financial support of this event will 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.

Download our Sponsorship Flyer here.  See our Sponsorship Page for details, including payment links and required submission form.
Event Venue

Our event will be held at the beautiful 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. 
It's not too early to  Book your hotel room.
Hosted by Association for Fire Ecology, 
in cooperation with Southern Fire Exchange

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