International Association of Wildland Fire

2nd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference

April 26-29, 2010  ~  Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade

San Antonio, Texas


Call for Papers - Second Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference

Human behavior - at individual, group and organizational levels - lies at the root of many of wildland fire management’s most serious problems including:

  • Firefighter and public safety
  • Acceptance or opposition to smoke, prescribed fire, and fuels treatments
  • Community and homeowner fire protection and hazard mitigation
  • Fire communication and education
  • Social and economic impacts of fire and fire suppression
  • Organizational performance – from operational efficiency to cost management and from community relations to ecological outcomes
  • Public response during fires

Over the past decade fire researchers and practitioners have developed a significant body of knowledge about many of these social aspects of fire management. Each group brings key competencies, perspectives and experiences to the table. This conference will provide participants with an opportunity to present, discuss, and learn about the latest research findings, management innovations, and best practices in the US and elsewhere.

Conference Objectives

  • Provide a forum for sharing what has been learned about the diverse social elements of wildland fire management
  • Discuss how this knowledge can be used and expanded upon by land managers, fire managers and public leaders to effectively achieve their assignments and goals
  • Identify knowledge gaps and opportunities for innovation and development
  • Explore ways for fire scientists and fire science users to expand collaborations and develop and test new knowledge

To achieve these objectives the conference will use a variety of means to share information including individual presentations, panel discussions, and round table forums.

Submission of Proposals

Abstracts are being accepted for the following sessions:

  • Oral Presentation
  • Poster Presentations
  • Work in Progress
  • Symposium/Special Session (A facilitated group of presentations on a particular topic)
  • Panel Session (A single facilitated presentation with multiple simultaneous presenters)

Abstracts should be limited to 350 words or less (25 to 30 typed lines; font size 12pt) – abstracts over the limit will not be accepted. Abstracts should be written in non-technical language and with an emphasis on management implications of the work. Poster presenters will be expected to attend their posters at designated times during the conference.

Symposium/Special Session (A facilitated group of presentations on a particular topic)

If you are submitting a suggestion for a Symposium or Special Session include a brief description, tentative title and names of the presenters in the body of the abstract (limited to 350 words or less). Individual abstracts for each presentation are not required until the session is accepted.

Panel Session (A single facilitated presentation with multiple simultaneous presenters)

If you are submitting an abstract for a panel session, include the panel title, the name each of the panelists and indicate who will be the panel moderator in the body of the abstract.

3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire  ~  April 17-19-2012   ~ Hilton Seattle, Washington, USA