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Call for Presentations

Calling all innovative speakers

The call for presentation proposals is now open. Although we hope everyone will be able to travel to Edmonton 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 some remote live presentations as well as some pre-recorded presentations.

The deadline to submit your proposal has been extended to May 27, 2022. 

About the Conference

The Wildland Fire Canada Conference (WFCC) brings together wildland fire management agencies, partners, and collaborators from Canada and around the world. Canada has a multiplicity of fire-prone environments that brings a unique set of wildland fire challenges and opportunities.

These biennial conferences focus on wildland fire management, and natural and social sciences in Canada. The goal of these conferences is to provide an inclusive forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices. They promote opportunities for significant information exchange where: wildland fire scientists present new research findings; wildland fire practitioners discuss lessons learned; and wildland fire enthusiasts attend workshops and activities to develop a deeper understanding about wildland fire across Canada and around the world.

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

Presentation Topics

There is no specific theme for WFCC; and we are open to a diverse range of topics and interest areas. We welcome proposals from the following areas and more:

  • New knowledge of wildland fire/climate/society interactions in the 21st century.
  • Challenges of wildland fire management in the 21st century.
  • Community wildfire preparedness and response.
  • Human health and safety concerns, both during (e.g., firefighter safety, evacuations) and after (e.g., mental health, socio-economic recovery) wildland fire events.
  • Emerging technologies and benefits to wildland fire management.
  • Incorporation of diverse sources of knowledge (e.g., Indigenous communities, restoration ecology experts) to support land management practices.
  • Adequacy of wildland fire management policy in guiding management to meet challenges associated with our changing fire environment.
  • Assessing and addressing wildland fire risk at multiple spatial scales (e.g., in communities or landscapes). 
  • 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
  • Poster Presentation
  • Ignite Talk
  • Deep Dive (i.e. story circles)
  • Other – we look forward to your suggestions of other types of presentations, be creative and propose a new idea.

What You'll Need to Submit

  • Full Name
  • Position Title and Affiliation (if applicable)
  • Contact Information (email and phone number)
  • Presentation Proposal Title
  • Presentation Proposal Abstract (350 words or less).
  • Presenter Contact Information and Bio (100 words or less).
  • Additional Authors (if applicable).
  • Your preference of presentation type.
  • What questions do you have for the wildland fire community?
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.

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy.'
Sylvia Plath

COVID-19

At this time, it is our intention to host an in-person conference, however, we intend to provide some opportunities allowing attendees to participate virtually if they choose. For the safety of our guests, we will incorporate any necessary safety precautions recommended by public health professionals and government entities. In the event circumstances surrounding COVID restrict/limit an in-person conference, we may explore a fully virtual option. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.