The 3rd International Smoke Symposium, will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina and UC Davis, California, April 20-24, 2020.

Presented by International Association of Wildland Fire
In partnership with NWCG Smoke Committee & UC Davis Air Quality Research Center

The symposium will be an international nexus of research, management and policy with a target audience of:governmental air quality regulators; land managers and fire practitioners; research and extension communities; public health professionals; air quality and fire weather forecasting communities; and climate change researchers.

A virtual/hybrid conference will be incorporated as we did at the first ISS and ISS2, as well as a second location added. This allows us to expand our attendance and include individuals who cannot travel to the symposium. This will also allow integration of an online learning component, which will support active connection with our audience year-round. Remote participants will be able to view the presentations live and interact with the presenter, the onsite participants and other remote participants—with the assistance of a facilitator. We anticipate a great response from past attendees as well as a new audience.

IAWF Principles of Conduct

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Being a diverse and inclusive organization will enable the International Association of Wildland Fire to learn from others, grow our understanding, and find new ways to address, understand and implement solutions to complex problems. The IAWF desires to maintain a positive, empowering, inclusive and innovative culture that enables all members of the fire community to feel safe and valued when contributing to the IAWF. We want to operate in a flexible and open manner to meet our membership’s needs and to help members achieve their fullest potential.

Read IAWF’s Full Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Principles of Conduct – Living Our Values – Leading by Example
In the conduct of personal and professional matters, IAWF places high importance on the values of integrity, responsibility and reputation. We are committed to maintaining high standards both within the organization and in our dealings with others in our daily lives. Our leadership has developed these Principles of Conduct to define our accepted and unacceptable ethical behaviors. We have established guidelines for all members at all times and non-members who may be participating at any IAWF conducted activities. It helps ensure that IAWF promotes, achieves, and maintains high standards of practice and it provides a benchmark for members and non-members participating in IAWF activities to use for self-evaluation.

All symposium attendees are required to read and agree to adhering to the Principles of Conduct.
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If You Witness or are Subjected to Unacceptable Behavior
If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, hear of any such incidents, or have any other concerns, please notify an IAWF representative immediately and report the incident. There will be several means to report any occurrences of inappropriate behavior. These include:

  • Face to face:
    • Any IAWF officer, Board Member, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee member, or any IAWF individual wearing a Planning Committee nametag, a session moderator, or anyone staffing the registration or IAWF tables are designated IAWF representatives and you can talk to them.
    • Someone will nearly always be at the at the Symposium registration desk and you can report to them and they will contact an IAWF designated representative.
  • Anonymous reporting:
    • Use the Spot application.
    • Connection links and scan codes are provided in mobile app and on posters around the facility.
    • The link to report for an IAWF event or IAWF involvement from your computer or phone is: TALK TO SPOT LINK









Family Friendly Conference

If you are breastfeeding or traveling with children, please let us know in advance so we can make your time at the symposium more comfortable. We will have a quiet nursing room for breastfeeding and pumping and we can help find childcare close to the conference location.


We are committed to ensuring the needs of all our guests are met. If you have any special needs, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate you.
Raleigh Hotel Accessibility 
UC Davis Accessibility


The IAWF and Symposium Organizing Committee are committed to hosting a sustainable conference. This includes:

  • Providing limited printed materials;
  • Providing a Mobile Application with digital agenda;
  • Providing recycling receptacles throughout the venue;
  • Providing thoughtful giveaways (sustainable and useful);
  • Working with the venue to provide sustainable catering choices, and using local food vendors as much as possible;
  • Providing 2 locations and a Virtual Cnference to minimize travel.

The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019.

Welcome to the 3rd International Smoke Symposium (ISS3) Call for Presentation Proposals. Building on the previous two successful editions, this symposium is a venue and international nexus for sharing the latest developments in research, management, and policy
around the important topic of wildland fire smoke from wildfires, rangeland fires, and prescribed burns.

This symposium is targeted towards researchers and practitioners with expertise in a range of wildland fire smoke topic areas including: air quality monitoring and/ or regulation, land management, fire responders, extension mechanisms, public health, fire weather, climate change and forecasting, among others.

Using a unified track to enable full participation and maximize engagement, ISS3 will have presentations delivered from both Raleigh, North Carolina and from the University of California Davis. This climate-friendly conference format will ensure broad audience participation and access to world-renown wildland fire smoke experts.

Presentations will be live-streamed, professionally videotaped, and made available through the symposium website for at least a year. ISS1 and ISS2 set a very high standard for successful and fully interactive virtual capability. Our goal is that, in addition to providing training and education, ISS3 will enable a global conversation that facilitates knowledge sharing among the variety of experts in geographical, topical, and practice-specific facets of wildland fire smoke.

Participants will discuss how the state-of-the-science is evolving, including the latest advances. We will explore how scientific information is being put to practical use in the field and utilized in improved public policy, as well as the limits of our current understanding.

We are seeking Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations for both the Raleigh and Davis venues on topics listed below. In addition to a full suite of scientific talks, ISS3 will debut a feature set of Ignite Talks aimed at a broader audience and made available via the web.

PUBLICATIONS: All authors will be invited to submit an extended abstract or full paper to the Symposium Proceedings, as well as to Special Issues in multiple Scientific Journals.


  • Talks of broad interest across any or all of the session topics below.



  • Smoke Chemistry and Measurement
  • Emerging Air Quality Sensors, Networks and Real-time Information
  • Smoke Modeling
  • Dispersion and Transport Modeling
  • Air Quality Models for Smoke
  • Data Fusion Techniques, Applications

Climate Change

  • Climate Modeling and Climate Change Impacts


  • Fire Activity, Emissions Factors, and Emission Inventories
  • Smoke from Biomass and Human Structures

Health Impacts

  • Estimating Individual and Population Smoke Exposure
  • Wildland/Bushfire Fire Personnel Exposure
  • Public Health Impacts of Smoke (e.g., respiratory, cardiovascular, mental health)
  • Public Health Interventions for Smoke
  • Occupational Health (e.g., Wildland Firefighters, outdoor workers)
  • Smoke Hazard Warning and Monitoring Systems

Other Impacts

  • Communicating Smoke Impacts
  • Economic Impacts of Smoke

Smoke Management

  • Remote Sensing and Tools for Smoke Management
  • Smoke Management and Mitigation
  • Smoke Ready Community Efforts
  • Short/Long Term Tradeoffs Between Rx Fire & Wildfire/Bushfire
  • Global Fire Smoke Issues
  • Differences Between Prescribed Fire & Wildfire/Bushfire in Smoke

Presentation Types:

ORAL PRESENTATION: [12 minutes + 3 minutes for Q&A]. These presentations will be grouped with presentations of similar topic and we may organize a panel discussion or additional Q&A time at the end of the session.

POSTER PRESENTATION: Will be presented during a designated session, presenters are required to be present during the session.

IGNITE TALK: ISS3 will debut a feature set of Ignite Talks aimed at a broader audience (i.e. media and general public). Short format talks with a strict 5-minute limit and a maximum of 20 slides.

SPECIAL SESSION: 2 hours each, we will have limited space for special sessions however we encourage focus on recent scientific field campaigns such as FASMEE, WE-CAN and FIREX-AQ. You will submit an overview of the Special Sessions with a list of presentations within the session.  After accepted each session within the Special Session will be required to submit an abstract.

When submitting proposals, you will have the opportunity to select the location in which you plan to attend. We have selected two locations and the hybrid conference to accommodate as many people as possible. We acknowledge travel limitations, restrictions and constraints due to budgets, bans and environmental choices.

ISS3 will have one program schedule where all presentations will be professionally video taped and live streamed to both locations, and to the remote audience. Raleigh, NC will be the larger venue with up to four concurrent sessions, so more presentations will likely be accepted for Raleigh. UC Davis will have concurrent sessions highly focused on Health Impacts, however, only one will be delivered from UC Davis; the additional rooms will be sessions that are being live streamed from Raleigh, NC. Please consider these restrictions when submitting an abstract.


The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019. Notifications of accepted presentations will be announced by January 6, 2020.

The deadline for submissions is November 25, 2019.

The workshops will take place on Monday, April 20, the day preceding the 3rd International Smoke Symposium (ISS3).

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire, smoke management, public health, and air quality management to discuss and exchange interests on defined topics. We view these workshops as an opportunity for
knowledge and technology transfer.

There will be a nominal registration fee for participants to cover the cost of the meeting rooms, refreshments, and audio-visual equipment. Instructors are not required to pay this fee.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Title of the workshop
  • Name of the sponsoring organization, if applicable
  • Names, affiliations, and email addresses of the workshop instructors
  • Short bios (100 words) of the workshop instructors, including a description of their qualifications relative to the topic area
  • Proposed length of the workshop: half-day or full day
  • A brief, one paragraph description of the workshop
  • A statement of the workshop’s objectives/goals
  • The maximum number of participants (if any)
  • Any special facility needs (e.g. LCD Projector, room set-up, internet connection, etc.)

Workshops with less than the minimum registration may be cancelled at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on their overall quality and fit with respect to the ISS3 program. For example, workshops of interest would cover topics such as interpreting data from recent measurement campaigns; demonstrating new tools for remote sensing/
forecasting of fires and smoke; studying the health effects of smoke using cohort rather than cross-sectional designs; and communicating about fire and smoke events via media and social media. Other topics are also welcome.


The deadline for submissions is November 25, 2019.
Notifications of accepted workshops will be announced by December 6, 2019.

Summary Program Schedule

Monday, April 20 – Educational Workshops and Training Sessions

Tuesday, April 21 – Keynote and Concurrent Sessions, Exhibitors

Wednesday, April 22 -Keynote and Concurrent Sessions, Exhibitors

Thursday, April 23 – Keynote and Concurrent Sessions, Exhibitors

Friday, April 24 – Field Trips

For your travel planning purposes:

  • Workshops will begin Monday morning around 8:00 or 9:00 am.
  • Thursday, the program will end around 5:00 pm.
  • Friday field trips will be full day.

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601


UC Davis Conference Center
550 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
Google Map

The Davis Airporter provides transportation to/from Davis and local airports (SMF & SFO) for a set price. Schedule your shuttle ahead of time on the website here.

Traveling by Amtrak? Your final stop will be in Davis (DAV). Purchase your ticket here for $30.

Traveling by car? Review driving directions from the I-80 and I-5.

Parking is available for $9/day in the parking garage across from the Conference Center. Passes are available for purchase at meter boxes around the lot.

UC Davis Campus Map

See what other alternative transportation options the City of Davis offers it’s visitors here.

Bike-Share from Campus to Downtown – Use the local bike-share program provided by JUMP Bikes. Learn about it through our GoClub

Symposium Chairs
Pete Lahm, Chair
Jessica McCarty, Deputy Chair

Steering Committee
Chris Akins
Chuck Bushey
Wayne Cascio
Katie Conlon
George Geisler
Sandra Hall
Sarah Henderson
Matt Hurteau
Fay Johnston
Sim Larkin
Barry Lefer
Kelly Martin
Maria Mirabelli
Kris Ray
Mikel Robinson
Erica Sasser
Kim Skufca
Cabe Speary
Anthony Wexler
Joseph Wilkins

Program Committee
Katie Conlon, co-chair
Susan Stone, co-chair
Carol Baldwin
Eric Berg
Jim Crawford
Paul Garbe
Sumi Hoshiko
Pete Lahm
Jakob Lindaas
Yongquiang Liu
Jessica McCarty
Dar Mims
David Mueller
Susan O’Neill
Steven Ostoja
Mark Parrington
Ana Rappold
Mikel Robinson
Morgan Varner


Registration will open on December 1, 2019. The rates below are tentative and subject to change, but only slightly.  There will be an additional charge for Workshops and Field Trips.

Dec. 1 - Jan. 31
Feb. 1 - Mar. 31
After Apr. 1
IAWF Member
IAWF Non-Member$575$625$675
Student - IAWF Member$200$200$200
Student - IAWF Non-member$250$250$250
Virtual Only$300$350$400

Important Dates

  • Call for Presentation Proposals Closes  – December 20, 2019
  • Call for Workshops Closes – November 25, 2019
  • Early Registration – December 1, 2019
  • Presenters notified – January 6, 2020
  • Regular Registration Begins – February 1, 2010
  • Room Block Expires (Raleigh)– March 19, 2020
  • Late Registration Begins –  April 1, 2010
  • ISS3 – April 20-24, 2020