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The Call for Presentations is closed. We are in the process of reviewing the abstracts, we anticipate the notices will go out in mid-July.

Calling all speakers with innovative ideas!

In this conference, we ask participants to share their expertise and think about what is needed to transform fire management in a way that promotes healthy people and landscapes. We welcome proposals that present new knowledge, science, experiences, technology, and shared and interactive learning to address key issues and considerations in wildland fire.

Some guiding questions may include:

  • What does “transforming” wildland fire management mean for you? How does this idea manifest itself in your research or projects?”
  • What has catalyzed previous transformations in wildfire management (e.g. from timber-oriented suppression to values protection) and what transformations are still needed?
  • What forms of expertise have been centered in wildland fire science or have been systematically left out of the conversation?
  • How do jurisdictional, procedural, and infrastructural constraints impact how wildland fire transformation might take place?
  • What taken for granted beliefs, values, and worldviews have informed Canada’s wildfire management approach, and what opportunities exist to change this going forward?

The Canadian Smoke Forum will be integrated into the larger program of Wildland Fire Canada Conference. This reflects both the distinct challenges of smoke and that it is a ubiquitous feature of fire.  

We are moving forward with planning of a hybrid conference (in person + virtual). 

We are now seeking presentation proposals; the deadline to submit your proposal has been extended to June 10, 2024. Although we hope everyone will be able to travel to Fredericton to participate in the conference, we understand that might not be viable. So, do not hesitate to submit a proposal if you are unsure at this time, we will be able to accommodate remote presentations.

About the Conference

The Wildland Fire Canada Conference (WFCC) brings together wildland fire management agencies, Indigenous knowledge holders, scientists, partners, and collaborators from across Canada and around the world. This biennial conference focuses on wildland fire management, science, and knowledge in Canada.

The goal of the conference is to provide Canada’s wildland fire community with a forum to exchange the latest science, practices, and information, and promote networking and collaboration.

In addition to a full program schedule, the conference includes interactive hands-on workshops, adventurous field trips, and plenty of networking and social opportunities to connect the Wildland Fire Community. 

This event is a hybrid conference (in person + virtual) to enhance accessibility and encourage diversity of participants.

2024 Theme – Transforming Wildland Fire Management

The theme of the 2024 WFCC is Transforming Wildland Fire Management. Transforming Wildfire Fire Management means taking a collective and inclusive approach to wildland fire where all Canadians and all levels of government engage and work together to live safely and respectfully with fire, including but not limited to practices of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

This theme is an opportunity to generate new ideas, knowledge and practices in the face of changing climate and wildfire seasons, to delve into novel approaches to wildland fires, to center people often marginalized in fire management spaces, and to discuss new ideas for adaptation to environmental change.

Major wildfire seasons in recent years have demonstrated this need to transform fire management while reconciling with the ecological, human, and societal impacts of past practices. Advocacy by Indigenous rightsholders in Canada has further underscored the necessity for Indigenous perspectives, leadership, and know-how within all aspects of fire management and science.

By focusing on opportunities for transformation, WFCC 2024 will participate in a fire management movement that underscores how people and fire are part of the land, and how now more than ever, we should endeavour to take an approach that encourages a shift from land management to land stewardship. 

Presentation Topics

 We welcome proposals from the following areas and more:

  • Fire ecology
  • Fire, climatology and climate change
  • Fire operations
  • Prevention and Mitigation
  • Wildfire behaviour
  • Remote Sensing
  • Indigenous Fire Stewardship
  • Risk Assessment
  • Fire communication
  • Physical and mental health
  • Community impacts and preparedness
  • Other 
Frequently Asked Questions

You can submit more than one proposal, however, depending on the number of proposals we receive we may limit presenters to one presentation each. 

We have a very strict policy of no commercial presentations on the program schedule, so if you submit a proposal, it should not reference the company in any way. You can talk about the technology, etc., however, not about the specific products.  It will be flagged as inappropriate if it appears commercial. You might consider being a sponsor or exhibitor instead. 

Presentation Types

You will have the opportunity to select your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preference – see presentation descriptions below.

  • Oral Presentation (15 minutes + 5 minutes for Q&A)
  • Poster Presentation
  • Ignite Talk (5 minutes)
  • Deep Dive (60 minutes – could be a panel of presentations or one longer presentation)
  • Other – we look forward to your suggestions of other types of presentations, be creative and propose a new idea.

Timeline

Call opens – March 18

Call closes – Extended to June 10

Authors notified – Mid- July

Schedule Final – Mid-August

Presenter registration deadline – September 16

What You'll Need to Submit

  • Presenter’s Full Name, Email, Title, and Affiliation
  • Pronouns (optional)
  • Presentation Proposal Title
  • Presentation Proposal Abstract (350 words or less).
  • *Co-Presenters/Panelists Information (These are individuals who will be attending the conference to present with you, email required). 
  • Presenter Bio (100 words or less).
  • *Additional Authors (if applicable). These are individulas who may or may not be attending the conference to present. 
  • Your preference of presentation type.
  • Where you will be presenting from (Live, Remote)
  • Preferred language to present. 
  • A few additional information about consent if your presentation discuss Indigenous knowledge
Oral Presentation
This is a presentation in a concurrent breakout session shared with other presenters with different perspectives and research on a similar topic.
Time:
20 minutes, including time for Q&A and transition
Format:
Concurrent session grouped with presentations of similar topics, by the program committee. Time allowed at the end of the grouped presentations for further discussion.
Interactivity/Communication: Moderate

Moderator / Chair:
Yes, will be provided.

Technique + Media: Traditional audio-visual aids are available, Laptop, LCD Projector, Podium, Microphone, Presentation remote. Typically, a Power Point presentation is used, but not mandatory.
Poster Presentation
Both in person and virtual posters will be accepted.
Time:
The poster session is typically 1 hour in length.

Format:
Presenters will be expected to be available during a specific time on the program, TBD, to present their poster and answer questions.

Interactivity/Communication:
High

Moderator / Chair:
No

Technique + Media:
For the in person, posters should measure  122 cm x 91 cm (48 x 36 in) and will be affixed to a free-standing poster board.

Ignite Talk

5-minute presentation with no more than 20 PowerPoint Slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds, this is a fast-paced presentation that typically gets right to the results of your research or presents a new or emerging idea or research. This takes some preparation to get the timing right!

Time:
5 minutes, no more than 20 slides

Format:
Concurrent session grouped with presentations of similar topics, by the program committee.  Time allowed at the end of the grouped presentations for further discussion.

Interactivity/Communication:
Low

Moderator / Chair:
Yes, will be provided.

Technique + Media: Traditional audio-visual aids are available, Laptop, LCD Projector, Podium, Microphone, Presentation remote. Typically, a Power Point presentation is used, but not mandatory.
Deep Dive
This is a longer, more in-depth session that may be concurrent with other presentations.

Time:
60 minutes

Format:
These presentations must be interactive, not just a lecture.

Interactivity/Communication:
High

Moderator / Chair:
No

Technique + Media:
Traditional audio-visual aids are available, Laptop, LCD Projector, Podium, Microphone, Presentation remote.

Other

We look forward to your suggestions of other types of presentations, be creative and propose a new idea.

Time:
Varies

Interactivity/Communication:
Varies

Moderator / Chair:
If needed.

Technique + Media:
Traditional audio-visual aids are available, Laptop, LCD Projector, Podium, Microphone, Presentation remote.

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