These biennial conferences focus on wildland fire management, and natural and social sciences in Canada. The goal of these conferences is to provide an inclusive forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices. They promote opportunities for significant information exchange where: wildland fire scientists present new research findings; wildland fire practitioners discuss lessons learned; and wildland fire enthusiasts attend workshops and activities to develop a deeper understanding about wildland fire across Canada and around the world.
In addition to a full program schedule, the conference will include interactive hands-on workshops, adventurous field trips, and plenty of networking and social opportunities to connect the Wildland Fire Community.
We are optimistically moving forward with planning of a hybrid conference (in person + virtual). In mid-June we will evaluate the COVID-19 Pandemic situation and vaccination rates to decide whether to pivot to a fully virtual conference.
We are now seeking presentation proposals; the deadline to submit your proposal is June 14, 2021. Although we hope everyone will be able to travel to Edmonton to participate in the conference, we understand that might not be viable. So, do not hesitate to submit a proposal if you are unsure at this time, we will be able to accommodate some remote live presentations as well as some pre-recorded presentations.
Presentation Types (you will have the opportunity to select your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preference) (Description of the Presentation Type)
- Oral Presentation
- Poster Presentation
- Ignite Talk
- Deep Dive
- Other – we look forward to your suggestions of other types of presentations, be creative and propose a new idea.
What you will need to submit:
*The difference between co-presenters/panelists and additional authors:
- Presenter's Full Name, Email, Title, and Affiliation
- Presentation Proposal Title
- Presentation Proposal Abstract (350 words or less).
- *Co-Presenters/Panelists Information (These are individuals who will be attending the conference to present with you, email required).
- Presenter Bio (100 words or less).
- *Additional Authors (if applicable). These are individulas who may or may not be attending the conference to present.
- Your preference of presentation type.
- Where you will be presenting from (Live, Remote)
- Preferred Langage to present.
- What questions do you have for the wildland fire community?
- Co-Presenters and Panelists will register and attend the conference to co-present with you, they will receive access to the speaker portal to add their contact information, bios, photo, social media, webpage, and will have access to networking opportunities, etc.
- Additional-authors will simply be listed with the abstract (name, title, affilation.) Email us if you have questions.
There is no specific theme for WFCC; and we are open to a diverse range of topics and interest areas. We welcome proposals that will present new knowledge, experience, technology, shared learning, and interactive learning to address key issues and considerations in wildland fire, such as, but not limited to:
- New knowledge of wildland fire/climate/society interactions in the 21st century.
- Challenges of wildland fire management in the 21st
- Community wildfire preparedness and response.
- Human health and safety concerns, both during (e.g., firefighter safety, evacuations) and after (e.g., mental health, socio-economic recovery) wildland fire events.
- Emerging technologies and benefits to wildland fire management.
- Incorporation of diverse sources of knowledge (e.g., Indigenous communities, restoration ecology experts) to support land management practices.
- Adequacy of wildland fire management policy in guiding management to meet challenges associated with our changing fire environment.
- Assessing and addressing wildland fire risk at multiple spatial scales (e.g., in communities or landscapes).
Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions:
Executive Director, IAWF