Call for Papers - now closed

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) presents the 6th Fire Behaviour and Fuels Conference in 2019. The conference will be held concurrently in Albuquerque, Sydney and Marseilles, with lead partners Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (Irstea). The Sydney conference is also supported by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Bureau of Meteorology.

The 6th International Fire Behaviour and Fuels Conference offers a forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas and technology are presented. This will provide a strong foundation to address and respond to challenges that are developing locally, regionally, and globally.

The conference theme – Fuels of Today–Fire Behavior of Tomorrow – brings focus to the many issues associated with understanding fuels, fire behaviour, and large wildfires, and how they affect sound decision making and wildland fire management. This conference will provide researchers, emergency service agency personnel, and government and non-government professionals at all levels a valuable opportunity to share information globally about wildland fire behaviour and fuels, especially as it relates to the physical, biological, economic and social sciences.

The Call for Papers is now closed and presenters are being notified. Thank you to all who submitted papers. We particularly encouraged submissions from early career researchers, operational staff, and fire ecologists. 

Given the IAWF commitment to diversity and inclusion, our review process was blind. For more information on the IAWF diversity and inclusion policy, visit:

The conference topics that will be represented include: 

  • Fuels and fuel modification including prescribed burning
  • Smoke modelling and management
  • Shared responsibility, community partnerships and engagement
  • Contemporary bushfire policies and frameworks
  • Risk modelling and decision support systems
  • Fire danger
  • Fire ecology
  • Fire weather and climate
  • Fire behaviour and fire behaviour predictions
  • Fire impacts (communities, infrastructure, biodiversity, water, carbon etc)
  • Fire suppression and incident management
  • Economics of bushfire management
  • Social aspects of fuels management

Accepted submissions will be invited to present a 20 minute oral presentation, followed by 5 minutes Q&A at the conference.

All attending authors and presenters must register and pay for this conference after abstracts have been accepted. The Conference Committee, by accepting an abstract, is not responsible to pay any expenses (travel, accommodations or daily allowance) associated with presenting an individual or joint authored presentation. Authors and presenters agree to present their submissions on the time and date identified by the organising committee. 

Important Dates

Call for Papers – Closed

Authors notified – January 2019

Registration Opens – Now open (see link above)

Papers for Conference Proceedings – All authors are encouraged to submit either an extended abstract or full paper to the conference proceedings. The deadline for papers is 15 March 2019.