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Call for Fire Circles

Proposals Due August 1
Notifications Sent by August 30

Fire Circles are discussion sessions focused on advancing our understanding of wildland fire topics or issues and provide time for conference attendees to network with others who have similar interests. While not required, we encourage proposals related to the Fire Congress theme and list of topics.

Fire Circles can be designed in different ways to meet the organizer’s goals and may take the form of

  1. Roundtable discussions around a specific topic or issue
  2. Working groups developing position papers, white papers, policy pieces, management guidelines, or collaborative peer-reviewed papers; or
  3. Other efforts to explore or synthesize data or research results, discuss ideas, present scenarios, or lead role-playing exercises.
 

Fire Circles will be held during a 90-minute time block, and organizers can use the time within the session as they wish. Rooms will be set-up with chairs in a circle for discussion or you can hold your discussion outside. We will also have the option for you to organize a virtual discussion group if you choose. 

The number of Fire Circles is limited, and submissions will be evaluated for inclusion based on the clarity of the description and draft agenda, the relevance of the topic and its appeal to attendees, and available rooms and time in the congress schedule. We will contact proposers of Fire Circles with similar topics or themes to determine if those proposals can be merged.

While organizers can invite specific participants to their Fire Circle, the session will also be advertised in the conference program and should remain open to all interested conference attendees. If you’d like to have an “invite-only” discussion session, we suggest organizing an Attached Meeting.

Please have the following information ready for the online submission form:

  • Organizer contact information
  • Title of Fire Circle
  • Short summary for the conference program booklet and mobile app (50 words or less)
  • Description (goal, desired audience, tentative agenda)
  • Does this Fire Circle complement a special session?

Organizers must register for the conference, and registration costs will not be reimbursed by the conference. clarity of the description and draft agenda, the relevance of the topic and its appeal to attendees, and available rooms and time in the congress schedule