International Association of Wildland Fire

12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

Presented by the International Association of Wildland Fire

October 25 - 26, 2012

Sydney, Australia

Presenter Guidelines

Invitation to Oral Presenters

In addition to your oral presentation, we’d like to invite you to create an electronic or traditional paper poster presentation. Please consider this as an opportunity to enhance your presentation at the 11th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please e-mail  In order to include this information in the program booklet, we need to know no later than March 11th. When you e-mail, please indicate whether you will be doing an electronic poster or a traditional paper poster.


Call for Papers

The call for papers is now closed. Please check back soon to view the program schedule.

View the existing Call for Papers as PDF

Key Dates for Presenters

October 8, 2010 Abstract submission process open online
December 31, 2010 Deadline for submissions
January 24, 2011 Presenters notified
February 1, 2011 Preliminary program posted


Submit a Proposal

  • Individual presentation (Paper Proposal)
  • Electronic Poster
  • Special Session, Panel Session, or Breakout Session

Session Formats Explained

  • Special Session: A session with one common topic or theme, where each person presents a separate presentation related to the common topic, one right after the other. Typically, the person who proposes the special session includes the abstracts for all of the papers on the Special Session at the time of the original submission.
  • Panel Session: A session with one common topic that takes more of a discussion format. The presenters may all sit in front of the room behind a table with a facilitator or moderator asking questions or prompting conversation. This is suitable for topics that have a range of views, for new topics, or topics about which the audience may wish to hear from a variety of experts.
  • Breakout Session: A session where a larger group breaks into several smaller groups to discuss a set of topics or questions. All of the groups may be talking about the same topics or questions, but just in smaller groups. Later, the breakout groups convene again as the larger group to share what was discussed.
  • Your Idea: We welcome proposals for alternative formats that make creative use of the conference theme.

Other Formats on the Program

  • Plenary Session: A keynote address to all conference attendees. (These are programmed by the conference steering committee.)
  • Concurrent Sessions: Shorter sessions which are scheduled to take place at the same time (i.e., concurrent). Each session normally focuses on a different topics so an attendee can choose the session that most interests them. (Note: most individual paper submissions are programmed onto Concurrent Sessions after they are accepted.)

Potential Abstract Topics

Abstracts for oral presentations or posters are welcome on any topic having to do with wildland firefighter safety. Listed below are suggested topics. Proposals that make creative use of the conference theme are especially welcome.

  • Advances in digital media for disseminating wildland firefighter lessons learned
  • Alternative approaches to investigating accidents on wildland fires
  • Assessing wildland fire safety programs
  • Aviation safety in wildland fire operations
  • Crew cohesion and wildland firefighter safety
  • Crosswalks for wildland fire safety standards and practices
  • Cultivating safe performance among wildland firefighters
  • Effective collaboration for wildland firefighter safety
  • Effective learning from past wildland fire incidents
  • Emerging risks to wildland firefighters and approaches to mitigation
  • Fire behavior and wildland firefighter safety
  • Firefighter and public safety in the wildland urban interface
  • Human factors in wildland fire safety, including cognition
  • Impact of legal and institutional responses on wildland fire safety
  • Impact of the economy on wildland fire safety programs
  • Important safety lessons from recent wildland fire incidents
  • International collaborations on wildland fire safety
  • Latest developments in PPE and other wildland firefighter safety equipment
  • Leadership and wildland fire safety
  • Managing unseen risks in the wildland fire environment
  • Methods for wildland fire safety research, including narrative and case study approaches
  • Near miss and close call reporting on wildland fires
  • New approaches and topics in wildland fire safety training
  • Organizational learning about wildland fire safety
  • Predictive services and wildland firefighter safety
  • Recent developments in wildland fire hazard identification and mitigation
  • Risk communication and wildland firefighter safety
  • Safety considerations for all-risk assignments
  • Safety legacies of historic wildland fires
  • Stories that get the point across about safety in the wildland fire environment
  • The backstory (and recent updates) on wildland fire safety tools and guidelines
  • The news media and wildland fire incident safety
  • Updates from safety task forces and working teams
  • Updates on firefighter safety and survival zone research
  • Updates on shelter in place approaches and policies
  • Upward voice and wildland firefighter safety
  • Wildland fire safety trends: past, present and future
  • Wildland firefighter safety and health on the job, including physical and mental factors




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