Upcoming Deadlines

Call for Special Sessions  ~ THIS FRIDAY, April 14, 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 14, 2017; organizers will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2017. 

This Fire Congress will have workshops organized differently than past events. Previously, we held workshops all on one day and required pre-registration in order to attend. This has always been on the day before the conference opens for general sessions. In Orlando, we will be integrating workshops into each day of the conference, and many of the workshops will be "walk-in" and will not require pre-registration or pre-requisites. This is a new schedule for our events, and we hope that by integrating workshops, trainings and short courses into our daily schedule that we will improve learning opportunities and knowledge transfer. We will also be able to offer 4 full days of activities for all attendees, instead of 3 days plus a day for workshops. By doing this, we also hope to expand the range of topics and formats that are offered. Do you h ave content you want to share that goes beyond what you can offer in a 20 minute oral presentation? Bring us your ideas!

Other Open Calls
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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 Sessions, 
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.
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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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.

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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Hosted by Association for Fire Ecology, 
in cooperation with Southern Fire Exchange
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