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We are now accepting nominations for four IAWF Awards!

We encourage you to  gather your information to nominate some very deserving folks! We've added two new awards this year. Recipient does not have to be an IAWF member to receive an award. Awards will be presented at an upcoming IAWF Conference when possible.

The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2015.

Nominations for IAWF Safety Award

Nominations for IAWF Ember Award

Nominations for IAWF Management Award

Nominations for IAWF Early Career Award

2015 IAWF Student Scholarship Recipients Announced

Billy Haworth (PhD student), University of Sydney, Australia

Billy Haworth is a PhD candidate and tutor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney. Billy holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Applied Science, specialising in GIS and spatial information science. Before commencing his PhD Billy worked in GIS industry and in research, with notable previous work examiningpatterns of graffiti removal in urban environments. His PhD research is focussed on the role of volunteered geographic information (VGI) in natural disaster management.
VGI refers to the widespread voluntary engagement of private citizens in the creation of geographic information, predominantly through social media, smartphones and online mapping tools. VGI represents a shift in the ways geographic information is created, shared, used and experienced. This has important implications for various applications of geospatial data, including disaster management, where the social practice of VGI has potential to transformthe traditional top-down structure of emergency management.Billy’s research is supported by the Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and examines the potential role of VGI in fostering community engagement in bushfire preparation in Tasmania, where VGI has potential to aid in building risk awareness, community connectedness, and ultimately increased disaster resilience.

Will Olsen, Masters student, Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Will Olsen is currently a Masters student in Applied Ecology at Michigan Technological University’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Will’s interest in hydrological processes in forested landscapes lead him to an opportunity for research in the burned area of the 2013 Rim Fire in California, where in the fall of 2014 salvage logging activity commenced. He is studying the changes that occur from post-fire salvage logging on rill erosionand sediment yields at small and large spatial scales. The goal is to help increase our understanding of the role of salvage logging in burned forests in regards to soils and erosion, in order to improve planning and implementation of salvage activities after wildfires. Will’s research will continue through the summer and winter 2015-2016, and he is excited for the opportunity to continue learning and studying wildfire, salvage logging, and erosion throughout the western US and internationally.

Position Paper

The True Cost of Wildfires - our latest position paper created in collaboration with the Association for Fire Ecology and The Nature Conservancy. #TrueWildfireCosts

Full Paper

Partner Conferences

NASA ARSET: Remote Sensing for Wildfire Applications Workshop
6-8 October 2015
ISU Campus, Pocatello, ID

Prerequisites: Completion of the ARSET webinar, Introduction to Remote Sensing for Wildfire Applications.

6th International Wildland Fire Conference
12-16 October 2015
Pyeongchang, Gangwon, Republic of Korea

 Check out this great opportunity for Students at the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference in Korea!

Student Thesis Presentation Competition


Eighth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards (8th ISFEH)
25-28 April 2016
Hefei, China


Advanced Notice and Call For Papers